Untangling Ron DeSantis’ debate anecdote about an improbable abortion survival story
When the topic of abortion came up during the first Republican primary presidential debate, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis shared a perplexing anecdote about a woman he met who he said had survived the procedure.
"I know a lady in Florida named Penny," DeSantis said. "She survived multiple abortion attempts. She was left discarded in a pan. Fortunately, her grandmother saved her and brought her to a different hospital."
Some accused the governor of fabricating the story.
"Let me see if I understand this correctly. Doctors tried to abort ‘Penny’ multiple times and...