Following journey advisories warning guests that Florida may not be a welcoming place for Black, Hispanic, and LGBTQ+ folks, now comes a warning that anybody able to getting pregnant may additionally be higher off in one other state.
Michigan, to be exact, in accordance with a billboard simply erected outdoors Orlando Worldwide Airport. It options Dr. Tim Johnson, an OB-GYN in Ann Arbor, Mich., who supplies abortions, and slams Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis. The signal urges viewers:
“TURN AROUND! Ron DeSantis is attacking your reproductive rights. Head to Michigan for Affected person-Physician Medical Selections.”
The reference is to Florida’s new six-week abortion ban, signed into legislation by DeSantis following its passage by the state Legislature this spring. It’ll take impact provided that the Florida Supreme Court docket upholds the state’s earlier-passed 15-week abortion ban. That courtroom has had the case since January and has but to schedule oral arguments.
The billboard steers viewers to MichiganMeansFreedom.com, sponsored by the “the doctor led, well being care advocacy group, the Committee to Shield Well being Care,” in accordance with a press launch by that group that’s led by Dr. Rob Davidson, an emergency room doctor and former Democratic congressional candidate.
That website attracts consideration to the chasm between Florida’s governor, who started a swing Tuesday by way of early Republican presidential resolution states, and Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has been a staunch supporter of reproductive rights.
In 2022, Whitmer backed a profitable state constitutional modification guaranteeing abortion rights (Proposal 3), whereas DeSantis in contrast the Florida Supreme Court docket’s current abortion-permissive authorized precedents to China and North Korea, the web site notes. The positioning notes Whitmer’s lengthy historical past of supporting reproductive rights, together with her 2022 lawsuit to cease Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban from going into impact after the U.S. Supreme Court docket overturned Roe v. Wade. In April, Whitmer signed laws repealing the abortion ban.
“It is a lengthy overdue step that proves that once we maintain combating to guard everybody’s means to make their very own choices about their our bodies we are able to win,” mentioned Whitmer on the invoice signing.
DeSantis, who formally introduced his presidential run final week, doesn’t a lot speak in regards to the six-week ban anymore, amid hypothesis it could damage him in presidential swing states.
Earlier than formally declaring for president, DeSantis final month did a few high-profile talking engagements in Michigan at Hillsdale Faculty and the Midland County GOP breakfast the place he inveighed towards the “woke” left; the idea of “variety, fairness and inclusion;” the general public training system he views as selling a Democratic agenda; conversations round gender and systemic racism; and the “legacy media.”
There’s additionally been hypothesis about Whitmer operating for president sooner or later after she received reelection by nearly 11 factors final yr. She is a co-chair of President Joe Biden’s 2024 reelection marketing campaign.
A model of this story first ran within the Advance‘s sister outlet, the Florida Phoenix.