Ron DeSantis on Overturning of Roe v. Wade: ‘The Prayers of Millions Have Been Answered’

Anti-abortion demonstrators pray outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on Thur
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The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) answered the prayers of “millions upon millions” of Americans by properly interpreting the Constitution, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said in a statement Friday following the SCOTUS ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

“The prayers of millions have been answered. For nearly fifty years, the U.S. Supreme Court has prohibited virtually any meaningful pro-life protection, but this was not grounded in the text, history, or structure of the Constitution,” DeSantis said in a statement.

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“By properly interpreting the Constitution, the Dobbs majority has restored the people’s role in our republic and a sense of hope that every life counts,” he continued, promising that the Sunshine State will continue on its path to protect life.

“Florida will continue to defend its recently enacted pro-life reforms against state court challenges, will work to expand pro-life protections, and will stand for life by promoting adoption, foster care and child welfare,” he added.

The governor’s statement follows the SCOTUS decision overturning Roe v. Wade, determining that there is no right to abortion in the United States Constitution.

Notably, three of the five justices who overturned Roe were nominated by former President Donald Trump: Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 08: U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh (L) shakes hands with retired Justice Anthony Kennedy after Kavanaugh's ceremonial swearing in with his wife Ashley, youngest daughter Liza, oldest daughter Margaret and President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House October 08, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was confirmed in the Senate 50-48 after a contentious process that included several women accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh (L) after Kavanaugh’s ceremonial swearing-in with his wife Ashley, youngest daughter Liza, oldest daughter Margaret, and President Donald Trump at the White House, October 8, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

As a result of the decision, restrictions on abortion will now be left up to each individual state.

In April, DeSantis signed pro-life legislation, banning abortions after 15 weeks in the Sunshine State. 

“This is a time where these babies have beating hearts. They can move, they can taste, they can see, they can feel pain, they can suck their thumbs and they have brain waves,” DeSantis said at the time, identifying the legislation as “the most significant protections for life that have been enacted in this state in a generation.”

He also railed against advocates for late term abortion, calling it “fundamentally wrong” and deeming it “infanticide.”


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