Florida’s DeSantis suspends state prosecutor over abortion law

by | Aug 4, 2022 | World

Andrew Warren, an elected Democratic state attorney, had pledged not to enforce the US state’s 15-week abortion ban.Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has suspended a Democrat who was elected state prosecutor for vowing not to enforce the state’s 15-week abortion ban, and for supporting gender transition treatments for minors.
DeSantis announced on Thursday the suspension of Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren in the Tampa Bay area, accusing the prosecutor of “ignoring the law”.
Florida had imposed a 15-week abortion ban earlier this year, even before the United States Supreme Court revoked the federal constitutional right to the procedure.
At a news conference on Thursday, DeSantis said local officials cannot have “veto power” over issues decided by the entire state.
“The constitution of Florida has vested the veto power in the governor, not individual state attorneys. And so, when you flagrantly violate your oath of office, when you make yourself above the law, you have violated your duty, you have neglected your duty, and you are displaying a lack of competence to be able to perform those duties,” the Republican governor said.
“And so, today we are suspending State Attorney Andrew Warren effective immediately.”
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Democrats denounced the decision, saying that DeSantis – who is a possible candidate for the 2024 US presidential election – is subverting the will of the voters who elected Warren.
“The governor’s actions constitute an extreme abuse of power – a new low for DeSantis who fails our great state with his mean-spirited, selfish and fiscally-irresponsible focus on his political ambitions alone,” Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor, who represents the Tampa Bay area, said in a tweet.
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