Abortion survivor DeSantis mentioned at GOP debate speaks out: ‘I did exist’

Article originally appeared on www.foxnews.com.

The woman whose abortion survival story Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis shared at the Fox News Republican presidential debate last week has a message for critics of her story.

“I did exist,” Miriam “Penny” Hopper told Fox News Digital in an interview this week.

When moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum asked the GOP candidates about abortion, DeSantis told Penny’s story to an audience of 12.8 million. “I know a lady in Florida named Penny,” he 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.”

The governor’s detractors on social media were quick to dismiss Penny’s story. Several accused DeSantis of lying.

Steve Schmidt, a former GOP consultant who co-founded The Lincoln Project, posted on X, “The story of Penny found in the pan by DeSantis is ludicrous, and obviously untrue. It should be looked into by the media.”

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