Democrat Florida AG Candidate Calls for ‘Revolution,’ Wouldn’t Prosecute Abortions

May 4, 2022 Updated 9:28 AM ET


May 4, 2022 Updated 9:28 A.M. ET

SANTA ROSA BEACH (FLV) – Democrat Florida Attorney General Candidate Daniel Uhlfelder said Tuesday he would not enforce abortion bans if elected. 

“I will use the power of my office to refuse to enforce any abortion ban,” Uhlfelder said. “That is what I owe the people who elect me—to be on their side, not on the side of far-right, fringe extremists.”

A U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion leaked Monday, showing the court may vote to strike down pro-abortion cases like Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. This decision could very likely give states the power to regulate abortions. The Supreme Court’s final decision is not expected until the summer. 

We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” said Justice Samuel Alito in the draft “Opinion of the Court.” “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation in April that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks in Florida. Exceptions include if the mother’s life is in danger. 

“Our view is that those are fully consistent with the federal constitution,” DeSantis said Tuesday. “We are mindful that we also will be challenged under the Florida constitution and statutes. We think we’re going to win there.”

Uhlfelder said he has no intention of prosecuting someone for providing an abortion. 

“Let me be clear: as Florida Attorney General, I will never investigate nor prosecute someone for getting or providing an abortion,” Ulfelder said on Twitter

Uhlfelder has worked as an attorney for 25 years. He will face Former state attorney Aramis Ayala and criminal defense attorney Jim Lewis in the Democratic primary. 

Republican Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is running for reelection. 

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