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President Biden vows to hold Trump accountable on abortion rights during Tampa campaign stop

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President Biden Champions Reproductive Freedom in Tampa Ahead of Florida’s Abortion Ban

President Joe Biden made a strategic visit to Tampa, Florida, one week before the state’s six-week abortion ban is set to take effect. Biden championed reproductive freedom and criticized the extreme anti-abortion law, calling it “bizarre” and criminalizing reproductive health care before women even know they’re pregnant. He urged women to use their electoral power to vote out anti-abortion candidates and promised to veto a nationwide abortion ban if it reached his desk.

Biden’s choice to visit Florida is strategic, as the state’s abortion ban will have implications in other Southeastern swing states. The Florida Supreme Court’s recent ruling upholding a 15-week abortion ban triggered the six-week ban to take effect, making it one of the most restrictive laws in the country. Florida voters will have the chance to weigh in on reproductive freedom with Amendment 4 on the ballot in November, which would enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution.

Republicans, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, criticized Biden’s visit, with DeSantis accusing him of supporting a constitutional amendment that mandates abortion up until the moment of birth. Former President Donald Trump also weighed in, stating that abortion laws should be left up to the states. Protesters from both pro-life and left-wing activist groups planned demonstrations at Biden’s event.

Overall, Biden’s visit to Tampa highlighted the ongoing battle for reproductive rights in Florida and the nation, setting the stage for a contentious debate leading up to the November elections.

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