With the controversial abortion issue most likely being on the 2024 ballot in Florida, Democrats are pushing hard to beat Republicans on the issue in Florida. State Senator Jason Pizzo (D) remains confident that most Floridians believe in a woman's right to choose to have an abortion or not.
Democrats recently celebrated a huge victory this year with around 900,000 signatures collected in support of putting abortion on the ballot in the 2024 elections in Florida. Senate Minority Leader Lauren Book (D) mentioned in a social media post that this issue is about "freedom, healthcare, and safety" for women.
In an interview with The Floridian this week, Pizzo revealed his fears of Republican strategies in recent years on issues like abortion and what it means for policy outcomes, "Keeping it off the ballot allows Republicans to continue the narrative that this is the will of the people and the right thing to do."
Pizzo affirmed that he believes most Floridians do believe in a woman's right to choose.
Florida State @senpizzo believes most Floridian's are pro-Choice
"Just because someone is pro-choice doesn't mean that they're not pro-life in the sense that you wish everything sort of works out.' So I just want to be clear it is a woman's right."
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"Kansas has stronger numbers for the GOP than I think Florida does, in terms of the Republican Party for registration, maybe more of a Libertarian streak and center-right. I don't think everyone is so far right in this state actually, so I think it makes it to the ballot," said Sen. Pizzo.
The Democratic Senator however elaborated on his opinion, "For years people have said, 'Just because someone is pro-choice doesn't mean that they're not pro-life in the sense that you wish everything sort of works out.' So I just want to be clear it is a woman's right.
Since Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) first took office, Florida along with other inspired states, has assumed very socially conservative policies. In addition to the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade (1973), Democrats are in an uphill battle. Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Nikki Fried (D) alongside Senator Book and Pizzo has attempted to put up a strong front against this movement in the state of Florida.
However, in a debate last year between Leon County Republican Party Chair Evan Power (R) and Leon County Democratic Party Chair Ryan Ray (D), Ray made the same argument as Senator Pizzo. Power countered this with citing the 2022 election and Republican gains as evidence that the abortion issue is not a winning one for Democrats, as this was prioritized in the last Florida elections.