DeSantis Draws Fire From Left Over Story of Abortion Survivor ‘Penny’

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is being ridiculed by some on the Left for highlighting the story of abortion survivor Miriam “Penny” Hopper throughout Wednesday night’s debate in Milwaukee.

“What the Democrats are attempting to do on this difficulty is mistaken, to permit abortion all the way in which as much as the second of start,” he stated, as he careworn the significance of defending life. “I do know a woman in Florida named Penny. She survived a number of abortion makes an attempt. She was left discarded in a pan. Fortuitously, her grandmother saved her and introduced her to a unique hospital.”

“We’re higher than what the Democrats are promoting,” he insisted.

Critics have been fast to recommend the story was exaggerated, and even made up.

“The story of Penny discovered within the pan by DeSantis is ludicrous, and clearly unfaithful,” claimed Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt. “It needs to be appeared into by the media.”

The leftist on-line outlet Jezebel headlined its coverage of the story: “Requested About Abortion, Ron DeSantis Tells Weird Story A few Fetus in a Pan.” Although Jezebel admits that Hopper and her story are actual, the outlet condemns her story as by no means having “been fact-checked, most likely as a result of it consists of no precise info to test.”

“In a very determined second throughout Wednesday night time’s Republican presidential main debate,” writes Jezebel’s Kylie Cheung, “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) answered a query about abortion by spinning up this little story.”

Cheung known as the story “an apparent gag for consideration,” falsely claiming that “abortion all the way in which as much as start isn’t a factor.” Plenty of states haven’t any legal guidelines that regulate abortion at any level, and high-profile politicians similar to Democratic former Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam have advocated for permitting infants to die if they’re born alive via botched abortions.

The progressive video account The Recount even joked: “A number of questions on Penny: is she the mom? Is she the fetus? Does she exist?”

In an interview posted by the pro-life group “Faces of Selection,” Hopper shared how her mom went to an area clinic in 1956, when she was 23 weeks pregnant, “extraordinarily in poor health” and “experiencing recognizing”—indicating one thing was seemingly amiss along with her child (Hopper).

“The physician arrived on the clinic in his pajamas and night time sneakers,” she says. “After analyzing my mom, he listened for a coronary heart beating. He stated, ‘I don’t hear a coronary heart beating. We’re going to must abort.’”

“He induced the abortion by giving my mom a shot. He checked out each my dad and mom, and he stated, ‘You don’t want this child to reside. If it lives, it will likely be a burden on you the remainder of your lives.’ Earlier than returning dwelling, he appeared on the nurse, and he gave her orders to discard the infant, useless or alive.”

Hopper says that she was born weighing only one pound and 11 ounces.

“The nurse wrapped me in a face towel, positioned me in a bedpan on the again porch of the clinic,” she stated. “My grandmother and my aunt Ruby got here down to go to with my mom. My grandmother, later described by my father, went into orbit when she came upon I used to be alive. She was so upset in regards to the circumstances that she contacted native police. The nurse who cared for my mom volunteered to move me to Morrell Hospital in Lakeland, Florida.”

“I lastly did make it to Lakeland, the place I used to be positioned underneath the care of Dr. Johnson. Based on my father, he too didn’t assume that my life had worth and that I wanted to outlive.”

Hopper says she had pneumonia a number of occasions, and her hair turned a copper-red colour from the oxygen she was being given.

“The nurses ended up naming me Penny due to the colour of my hair, and that may be a identify I nonetheless carry at this time.”

“I remained within the hospital till March 12, 1956, and in keeping with my mom, that was the primary time she had ever held me. My father handed away in 2011, however earlier than he handed away, he checked out me and stated, ‘Honey, I don’t know what I’d have finished with out you.’”

“It doesn’t matter what circumstances my dad and mom have been dealing with surrounding my mom’s being pregnant, I ended up having nice dad and mom. I ended up having an excellent life. I ended up with a brother who’s my finest buddy. I ended up marrying my high-school sweetheart. I’ve two youngsters and 7 grandchildren. Life has worth, and all lives matter.”

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