Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) referred to as out the pro-life motion throughout the third GOP debate on Wednesday for being ill-prepared to fight abortion referenda in numerous states because the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
The 2024 Republican presidential candidate particularly mentioned the pro-life motion had been caught “flat-footed” on the problem, making the remark simply in the future after Ohio joined a number of different states in codifying the supposed “right” to abortion in its state structure.
“You have to do a better job on these referenda. I think of all the stuff that’s happened to the pro-life cause; they have been caught flat-footed on these referenda, and they have been losing the referenda,” DeSantis mentioned.
Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe, each single pro-abortion poll measure has been profitable, together with Issue 1 in Ohio on Tuesday.
During the 2022 particular elections, Kansans rejected a poll measure that may have established that the state structure doesn’t embody a proper to abortion. During the 2022 midterms, voters in California, Michigan, and Vermont codified abortion into their constitutions. At the identical time, voters in Montana rejected a poll measure that may have given rights to infants born alive in botched abortions. Voters in Kentucky additionally rejected an modification much like the one in Kansas.
Emboldened by the technique, pro-abortion activists are seeking to introduce poll measures in a number of different states going into 2024, together with in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, and South Dakota.
“A lot of the people who are voting for the referenda are Republicans who would vote for a Republican candidate. So you have to understand how to do that,” DeSantis continued. “But let’s just be clear, the Democrats have taken a position: they will not identify the point at which there should be any protection all the way up until birth. That is wrong, and we cannot stand for that.”