DeSantis Suspends Hillsborough County State Attorney Who Pledged Not to Prosecute Abortions

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he has suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren for refusing to enforce several state laws, including a 15-week abortion ban.

“Andrew Warren has put himself publicly above the law. The Constitution of Florida has vested the veto power in the Governor, not an individual State Attorney,” said DeSantis.

Warren was among the 83 prosecutors nationwide who signed a letter promising not to prosecute those who perform, abet, or seek abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy after the Roe v. Wade ruling. 

“This 15-week ban is an unconstitutional law. The Legislature is hoping courts will ignore the Florida constitution. But I’m upholding the law and protecting the fundamental rights of all Floridians,” said Warren on the ban. 

DeSantis admitted he had not informed Warren prior to suspending him, but Warren could dispute the decision and get reinstated.

Hillsborough County Court Judge Susan Lopez would be taking Warren’s position. 

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