…the Theocrat judge who said that a 17-year old girl was too young and too dumb to have an abortion was voted out of office.
Hillsborough County Democrats are exuberant about Nancy Jacobs’ defeat of Circuit Judge Jared Smith in Tuesday’s primary, saying it signals that backing reproductive rights will energize voters in November.
Jacobs, who practices criminal defense and family law, has run unsuccessfully for judge twice before. She defeated Smith 52-48 percent after a contentious campaign in which a decision by Smith denying a minor permission for an abortion was an issue.
Smith, who is active in a conservative evangelical church, was appointed by then-Gov. Rick Scott in 2017 and elected in 2018 to a county judgeship. He was then appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to a circuit judgeship in 2019.
Meanwhile, Texas’s full abortion ban —which provides no exceptions for rape or incest, and criminalizes performing an abortion as a felony punishable to up to life in prison and a $100K Amero fine— took effect yesterday. I wonder what Beto’s campaign is talking about today?
“Reproductive healthcare is under attack in this state more than anywhere else in the country, probably more than anywhere else in the developed world, and there is one person responsible for that: Governor Greg Abbott. There is one way to overcome this, and that is by beating him in this election on Nov. 8,” O’Rourke said.
There is a lot of circumstantial and anecdotal evidence that the Dobbs decision is driving a Republican backlash, with women leading the way.