Putnam: I would sign abortion 'heartbeat bill'

In their first joint appearance of the campaign, the two leading Republican candidates for governor Saturday night outlined a series of conservative stances on abortion, gun rights and other issues.

There were few differences between Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, who each took questions in separate half-hour sessions in Orlando before the Florida Family Policy Council, a conservative advocacy group that opposes abortion and gay marriage.

Both candidates oppose abortion, with Putnam telling the council members that he would support a “heartbeat bill,” which would prohibit doctors from performing abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Iowa’s Republican governor signed such a bill Friday, setting up a legal fight that supporters hope could lead to a test of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.

Putnam: I would sign abortion 'heartbeat bill'
Adam Putnam, Republican gubernatorial candidate makes a campaign stop at Kimmins Contracting in Tampa, Fla. on April 6, 2018. Putnam said he won’t raise taxes. (Monica Herndon/The Tampa Bay Times via AP) (Monica Herndon / AP)
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