Gavin Newsom Releases Ad Criticizing Florida’s Abortion Ban
California Governor Gavin Newsom recently launched a new advertisement that takes aim at Florida’s six-week abortion ban. This comes as he prepares to engage in a televised debate with Governor Ron DeSantis later this month.
The Ad: “Wanted”
The ad, titled “Wanted,” places the blame for the abortion restriction on DeSantis. In April, DeSantis signed the “Heartbeat Protection Act,” which prohibits abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. Furthermore, DeSantis is also a Republican candidate for president.
Targeted Television Campaign
The advertisement is set to run on various television channels. It will be aired during NFL Sunday Night Football as well as on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show leading up to the governors’ debate on November 30. The debate, which will be moderated by Hannity and broadcast on Fox News, will take place in Georgia.
The Message of the Ad
The ad itself resembles a wanted poster. In it, Newsom states, “By order of Gov. Ron DeSantis, any woman who has an abortion after six weeks and any doctor who provides care will be guilty of a felony. Abortion after six weeks will be punishable by up to five years in prison. Many women are not even aware of their pregnancy at six weeks. This is not freedom; this is Ron DeSantis’ Florida.”
A Political Sideshow
The upcoming debate between Newsom and DeSantis adds an interesting twist to the already contentious Republican presidential contest. This contest has been dominated by former President Trump’s campaign to return to the White House while facing criminal charges in multiple states.
Engagement on Social Media
Newsom shared the ad on X (formerly known as Twitter), while DeSantis responded with a video criticizing California and promoting Florida. DeSantis will also participate in the next Republican presidential primary debate on December 6.
Times staff writer Taryn Luna contributed to this report.
This article was originally published in the Los Angeles Times.
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