Wasserman Schultz Rips 'Archaic' Arizona Abortion Ruling, Mocks DeSantis Over Ballot Prediction

Wasserman Schultz Rips 'Archaic' Arizona Abortion Ruling, Mocks DeSantis Over Ballot Prediction

Grayson Bakich
Grayson Bakich
April 11, 2024

The Floridian was able to catch up with Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) to get her take on the recent Arizona Supreme Court abortion ruling, which she decried as "archaic" and "intrusive."

Additionally, Rep. Wasserman Schultz mocked Governor Ron DeSantis's (R-FL) prediction that  Amendment 4  ballot initiative in Florida would fail, saying, "Given his recent political track record, I think no one should really put much credence into his ability to be a strategist."

Rep. Wasserman Schultz compared the Arizona ruling to the 1989 In Re: TW Florida Supreme Court decision, where abortion access was protected in Florida under the 1980 State Constitution enshrining the right to privacy that was recently overturned to allow for Gov. DeSantis's 15-week abortion ban and subsequent 6-week ban.

"Like in Florida, where the State Supreme Court overturned a 35-year precedent taking reproductive rights out of the privacy clause of our Constitution, rejecting something that was a right, that was part of our privacy clause, which was publicly discussed when the privacy clause was put into the Constitution in 1980," said Rep. Wasserman Schultz.

She continued,  adding that the Arizona ruling is even worse because "this is literally going back to the 19th Century. So we are going to impose 19th Century, archaic, intrusive, inappropriate healthcare decisions on women in the 21st Century."

We then asked for comment on Gov. DeSantis's recent prediction that Amendment 4, which would protect abortion in Florida up to fetal viability, would fail in November.

Representative Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) suggested the issue's resolution would produce narrower results, telling us it would be "57-62," and "right on the cusp."

"I would say, I think it’s a 57-62 issue like I don’t think this is a 70 percent issue and I don’t think it is a 50 percent issue. I think it is right on the cusp. I think if there is a significant turnout, it passes, but the idea that it is going to fail, I don’t think that’s a foregone conclusion," said Rep. Moskowitz.

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Grayson Bakich

Grayson Bakich

Florida born and raised, Grayson Bakich is a recent recipient of a Master’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Central Florida. His thesis examined recent trends in political polarization and how this leads into justification of violence.

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