Newsom Releases TV Ad Targeting DeSantis on Abortion Ahead of Upcoming Fox Debate

( – On Sunday, California Governor Gavin Newsom released a new advertisement criticizing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s proposed abortion ban ahead of their upcoming debate later this month. The advert by Newsom and the Campaign for Democracy PAC condemned the potential criminalization of abortions in Florida.

The advertisement displayed a simulation of the potential crime featuring a ‘wanted’ poster with photos of a patient and doctor, accompanied by a caption that reads, ‘Woman is guilty of abortion. Doctor is an accomplice.’

The advertisement explained the six-week abortion ban in Florida, noting that the maximum penalty for violators is a five-year prison sentence.

DeSantis’s campaign responded to the ad on Sunday, dismissing it as “sheer desperation” from Newsom in a statement posted on the DeSantis War Room account.

In April, it was reported that DeSantis had signed the six-week abortion ban into law, although its implementation is currently delayed due to legal challenges. The ban is designed to make abortions illegal in the state after six weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions for situations where the mother’s life is at risk. Additionally, abortions up to 15 weeks are allowed in cases of rape, incest, or human trafficking.

According to the law, medical practitioners or anyone involved in an abortion that violates the ban could face a third-degree felony. Furthermore, the law prohibits the use of state funds to support a woman in carrying out an abortion in another state.

DeSantis, running in the 2024 Republican presidential primary, has stated he won’t endorse penalties for women breaking abortion bans. While Florida currently restricts abortions after 15 weeks, DeSantis hasn’t confirmed whether he’d support a federal six-week abortion ban. Instead, he emphasizes his desire to be a “pro-life president.” Newsom and DeSantis are set to engage in a televised debate on Nov. 30, moderated by Fox News host Sean Hannity.

While insisting he won’t run for the White House in 2024, even if President Biden doesn’t seek reelection, the California governor has been taking steps to increase his public visibility, fueling speculation about a potential future presidential bid.

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