Washington, DC — Today, anti-abortion Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to announce that he is running for the 2024 Republican nomination for president. As Florida’s governor, DeSantis signed legislation to enact a 6-week abortion ban and to criminalize abortion providers. What’s more, Gov. DeSantis has made it a central goal of his administration to attack LGBTQIA+ rights and Black history. While serving in Congress, Gov. DeSantis voted against Title X protections and in favor of a national abortion ban—consistently earning a score of “zero” on NARAL’s Congressional Record on Reproductive Freedom.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Mini Timmaraju released the following statement in response:
“Of all the extremists gunning for the GOP nomination, Ron DeSantis might be the worst. From his hostility toward racial equity and LGBTQ+ rights, to book bans, to one of the most draconian abortion bans on record, he poses an immense threat to our freedoms and our country’s most vulnerable communities. NARAL and our 4 million members will keep fighting side-by-side with those that DeSantis has targeted, and we are ready to mobilize to ensure that his extremism gets nowhere near the White House.”
For over 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, pregnancy and post-partum care, and paid family leave—for everybody. NARAL is powered by its 4 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.