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Florida Governor Suspends State Attorney Who Promised Not to Prosecute Abortion Ban Violations

HeadlineAug 05, 2022

In Florida, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is facing backlash after he suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren over Warren’s promise not to prosecute people who seek or provide abortions in Florida. Warren, who is a Democrat and has been elected twice, condemned DeSantis’s move as “an illegal overreach” and said his suspension “spits in the face of the voters.” Warren spoke at a press conference Thursday.

Andrew Warren: “I was shocked at the blatant violation of one of the most fundamental principles of our democracy, that the people, the voters, get to elect elected officials. I’ve been elected twice to serve as state attorney, and I’ve served as state attorney, and I’ve done it well. Crime is down. We’re protecting people’s rights. We have fought so hard for public safety and fairness and justice. If the governor thinks he can do a better job, then he should run for state attorney, not president.”

That was Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren. Governor DeSantis signed a bill into law in April that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The measure is facing several legal challenges.

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