On Monday (May 22), Florida Governor Ron DeSantis received loud applause and standing ovations while giving a welcome address at National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) 2023.
According to their website, the NRB is a “nonpartisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent hundreds of millions of listeners, viewers, and readers.”
The 46th governor of Florida, who is believed will announce his 2024 run for United States president this week, told a room filled with a few thousand Christians in media about how he’s helped lead Florida against the “woke agenda.”
“One of the things I’m most proud of is that the state of Florida stands unequivocally in defense of the family and in defense of our children,” DeSantis said. “And we have done more to protect children than any state in the country. Of course, just a short few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to sign the heartbeat bill, which is the strongest pro-life bill Florida has seen in its modern history.”
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“When we are acting to protect an unborn child that has a detectable heartbeat, that is humane; that is not harsh,” DeSantis continued. “That is the right thing to do.”
DeSantis explained that he understands that being pro-life means being pro-life through the life of the child. Therefore, he said, Florida has “provided unprecedented support” for mothers in this bill. “We’ve increased by $25 million our Pregnancy Support Services program to meet physical and emotional needs of would-be mothers, and that’s whether they decide to keep the child or put it up for adoption.”
He said his administration is taking a stand for families by making sure that the Florida school system is providing “kids with an education not with an indoctrination.”
While telling the crowd that “parents have a right to know what curriculum is being used in their kids’ classrooms or being used in their library,” DeSantis shared about a recent press conference, which he titled “Exposing the Book Ban Hoax,” wherein he showed graphic images of the content to which Florida parents have objected.
The governor said, “The news stations that were carrying the press conference cut their feed because they said it was too graphic. Well, if it’s too graphic for the 6 o’clock news, how is it okay for a 10-year-old school child?”