Three major Democratic candidates for governor are holding a trio of rallies across Florida today in response to a leaked Supreme Court opinion on overturning Roe v. Wade.
U.S. Representative Charlie Crist, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, and state Senator Annette Taddeo are uniting around a woman’s right to choose after Politico published a draft of a United States Supreme Court opinion that would strike down Roe v. Wade.
The leak, which is under investigation and has been confirmed authentic by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, could upend the midterm elections.
Following the news, Fried announced on social media that she would be holding her rally at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday at the MDC Freedom Tower in Miami, Florida.
“I’m going to do everything in my power to protect the women of Florida and preserve freedom over our bodies — including beating Ron DeSantis,” Fried wrote when the news first broke.
“News coming out of the Supreme Court last night is so disturbing and so dangerous. We can’t sit on the sidelines. So today, meet me at the Freedom Tower at 1:45 p.m,” Fried followed up in a video posted to Twitter.
Show up. RT spread the word. pic.twitter.com/gEQhmAMUNL
— Nikki Fried (@NikkiFried) May 3, 2022
Crist quickly followed suit, issuing a statement on the leaked draft and urging Floridians to rally alongside him in St. Petersburg.
“This is a gut-wrenching day for women and reproductive freedom in our country. The Supreme Court’s decision will mean that the fight for a woman’s right to choose will be left up to each state to decide. Now, more than ever, we need to fight tirelessly to protect a woman’s right to choose. The stakes in this election could not be higher,” Crist said. “Join me and activists at the Pinellas Courthouse today at 5 PM!”
ST PETE/TAMPA: Meet us at the Pinellas Courthouse at 5pm today! https://t.co/qRep2a3EP5
— Florida Planned Parenthood Action (@FAPPA) May 3, 2022
Taddeo also defended abortion rights and encouraged those to join her at a press conference in Miami.
“I never thought I’d see the day when women’s rights would be stripped away. As a mother, I’m terrified for my daughter and her generation who might lose safe access to vital care. Now more than ever It’s urgent to elect a governor who will protect a woman’s right to choose,” Taddeo remarked.
Join me TODAY at 1:30pm at the Torch of Friendship. The time is now to fight for a woman’s right to choose! 👉🏽 https://t.co/fJywkRZwFi
I am a proud lifelong Democrat who has always been pro-choice and has always supported pro-choice candidates.
— Annette Taddeo (She/Her/Ella) (@Annette_Taddeo) May 3, 2022
Other prominent Florida officials also chimed in, as did President Joe Biden, who urged Congress to pass legislation codifying Roe v. Wade.
“I believe that a woman’s right to choose is fundamental, Roe has been the law of the land for almost fifty years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned,” Biden said in a statement.