An assistant to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisOvernight Health Care Outgoing FDA Vaccine Regulators Argue Against COVID-19 Booster Shot Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Iowa to Ban Schoolworm Mandates DeSantis: Local Governments Will Be fined for imposing vaccine mandates MORE (R) stated that he is concerned about an important provision in Texas recently enacted abortion legislation that allows private citizens to sue women who terminate their pregnancies or people who help them do so.
“Gov. DeSantis does not want to turn private citizens against each other, “Christina Pushaw, a spokeswoman for DeSantis, told BuzzFeed News in an article published Saturday.
When she contacted The Hill on Tuesday, Pushaw said her comments to BuzzFeed were “in a broader sense – the type of enforcement measures being carefully considered to avoid unintended consequences.”
“Governor DeSantis has always been pro-life,” she told The Hill in a statement. “Advances in science, technology and medicine since the Roe v. Wade decision has only strengthened the lifestyle position. With that said, the governor has not indicated that the same legislation that was recently passed in Texas will be on the table in Florida. “At the same time, nothing is off the table. All the governor has said is that he is examining what the best solution might be in terms of legislation to protect life.”
DeSantis, who is seen as a leading Republican candidate in a potential White House election in 2024, said earlier this month that he would “look more markedly” at a so-called heartbeat bill for his state after the passage of such a law in Texas.
“What they did in Texas is interesting, and I have not really been able to look at it enough,” DeSantis said on September 3. “They’ve basically done this through private law. So it’s a little bit different than how a lot of these debates have gone, so we’ll have to look. I’m going to look at it more markedly.”
Texas law has been criticized by members of both parties, some of whom say it opens the door to a federal challenge to Roe v. Wade and others who claim it stands on constitutionally shaky ground.
President BidenJoe BidenBiden stumbles upon Newsom on call earlier this month, Texas Gov. Greg AbbottGreg AbbottHurricane Nicholas lands in Texas, Louisiana White House welcomes GOP governors battle over vaccine mandates Overnight Health Care-Outgoing FDA vaccine regulators argue against COVID-19 booster shots MORE (R) and GOP legislator in Lone Star State over the law, and last week the Department of Justice said it planned to sue Texas over the measure.
“It just seems like I know it sounds ridiculous, almost un-American, what we’re talking about,” Biden said of Texas law. “Not to debate, I respect people who think who do not support Roe v. Wade. I respect their views. I respect those who believe that life begins at the time of conception and all. I respect that, do not agree “But I respect that. It’s not going to impose it on people.”
Updated at 11:49