CONCORD, NH — After Ron DeSantis tried to hide his extreme record on abortion during his New Hampshire visit yesterday, NHDP spokesperson Aida Ross released the following statement:
“An entire day touting his MAGA agenda in New Hampshire, and Ron DeSantis thought he could get away with hiding how he signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country. DeSantis’ right-wing record speaks volumes even when he doesn’t, and Granite Staters see his ploy to rip away freedoms for the extremism it is.”
In April, DeSantis signed a law that bans abortion in Florida before many women know they’re pregnant and threatens to throw doctors in jail, after already signing an abortion ban with no rape or incest exceptions last year. Here’s what Granite Staters are reading as DeSantis hides from his abortion record in New Hampshire: New York Times: In New Hampshire, DeSantis Avoids Talking About Florida’s Abortion Ban
But what [DeSantis] did not mention was the six-week abortion ban he signed in Florida this year.
The ban — which Mr. DeSantis chose to highlight in his speeches to audiences in socially conservative Iowa this week — is a potential lightning rod for voters in more moderate New Hampshire.
While Mr. DeSantis’s stump speech typically varies little from stop to stop, he does appear to be calibrating his message on abortion. In Iowa on Wednesday, he talked about Florida’s six-week ban, known as the Heartbeat Protection Act, during a lengthy recounting of his record as governor. “We have enacted the heartbeat bill,” he told a crowd in Cedar Rapids before being drowned out by cheers and applause.
But he did not mention the bill at several stops in New Hampshire on Thursday.
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During the trip, DeSantis did not mention his opposition to abortion even though last month he signed a law in Florida making the procedure illegal after six weeks.
New Hampshire Democratic leaders said DeSantis cannot hide from his right-wing record in a state that supports abortion rights according to independent statewide polls.
“New Hampshire women cannot afford for candidates like Ron DeSantis to put our lives at risk as he works to score political points with his base,” said NH House Democratic Victory Campaign Committee Chair Laura Telerski.
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One topic DeSantis didn’t mention was Florida’s six-week abortion ban, one of the most restrictive in the country. Earlier in the week, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley attacked him on this, along with other civil rights issues.
“As a lifelong Granite Stater, I can tell you that our freedoms are what we cherish most in New Hampshire. Be it the freedom for a woman to choose what happens to her own body, the freedom to vote or the freedom to live life as our authentic selves, our freedoms are at the core of the Granite State,” said Buckley. “It tells you a lot about just how out of step Ron DeSantis is with the people of our state, that he is showing up to campaign here on a record of ripping away those very same freedoms.”
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On abortion, DeSantis was silent, despite recently signing a six-week abortion ban into law in his home state last month.