DeSantis responds to judge ruling abortion ban unconstitutional

Govt. Ron DeSantis held a news conference Thursday afternoon in Sanford where he briefly addressed a judge’s ruling that found Florida’s 15-week abortion ban unconstitutional.The governor made it clear that his office was expecting a battle.”That was likely going to be what was decided in that case. We knew that we were going to have to move forward and continue the legal battle and that’s something that was decided under state law,” DeSantis said. .“It was not of course something you know, that we were happy to see,” DeSantis said. “These are unborn babies that have a heartbeat. They can feel pain, they can suck their thumb and to say that the state constitution mandates things like dismemberment abortions — I just don’t think that’s the proper way.” He simply reiterated his stance on abortion and his plan to appeal this ruling. Also in the news conference, he discussed the importance of civics and history education along with the steps taken to improve literacy in those subjects at schools. DeSantis talked about expanding the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative.”Florida has funded a three-day Civics Excellence teacher training, and we have the first 2,500 teachers that are going through that now. That is one way where they can get the Civic Seal of Excellence and be on their way to the $3,000 bonus,” DeSantis said.DeSantis says civic literacy in Florida has improved by 5% based on civics exam results.He hopes to see debate teams in every county.According to DeSantis, there’s been 60 counties that have committed to having debate teams.The Civics and Debate Initiative aims to also promote civics and history in an undistorted way, DeSantis says.The initiative’s expansion is expected to aid in improving civics scores.

Govt. Ron DeSantis held a news conference Thursday afternoon in Sanford where he briefly addressed a judge’s ruling that found Florida’s 15-week abortion ban unconstitutional.

The governor made it clear that his office was expecting a battle.

“That was likely going to be what was decided in that case. We knew that we were going to have to move forward and continue the legal battle and that’s something that was decided under state law,” DeSantis said.

The governor’s conference was on education but he brought up abortion on his own without prompting.

“It was not of course something you know, that we were happy to see,” DeSantis said. “These are unborn babies that have a heartbeat. They can feel pain, they can suck their thumb and to say that the state constitution mandates things like dismemberment abortions — I just don’t think that’s the proper way.”

The governor did not take any questions Thursday and did not give more information.

He simply reiterated his stance on abortion and his plan to appeal this ruling.

Also in the news conference, he discussed the importance of civics and history education along with the steps taken to improve literacy in those subjects at schools.

DeSantis talked about expanding the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative.

“Florida has funded a three-day Civics Excellence teacher training, and we have the first 2,500 teachers that are going through that now. That is one way where they can get the Civic Seal of Excellence and be on their way to the $3,000 bonus, “DeSantis said.

DeSantis says civic literacy in Florida has improved by 5% based on civics exam results.

He hopes to see debate teams in every county.

According to DeSantis, there’s been 60 counties that have committed to having debate teams.

The Civics and Debate Initiative aims to also promote civics and history in an undistorted way, DeSantis says.

The initiative’s expansion is expected to aid in improving civics scores.

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