Reproductive Rights News Roundup – 4/12/2019

Florida Is Making It Even Harder for Young People to Get Abortions—Just Like Dozens of Other States
By Stephanie Loraine & Caroline Reilly
Recently, news went viral about Florida’s attempt to change its state law about parental involvement in the abortion decisions of minors.

Abortion parental consent bill approved by Florida Senate panel
By Tom Urban
Via News Service of Florida
After testimony from activists on both sides of the issue, a Senate panel Monday approved a proposal that would require minors to receive parental consent before having abortions…“There are concerns because we wouldn’t want this to get to the court and then have some activist judges turn this into an opportunity to really reverse things in our Constitution and significantly and disproportionately affect women,” said Laura Hernandez of Floridians for Reproductive Freedom.

The battles over abortion haven’t abated in Florida
By Mitch Perry
Florida Phoenix
Just a few days earlier, anti-abortion activists were rallying on the steps of the old Historic Capitol, criticizing their ideological opponents.

Pro-choice activists plan Capitol demonstrations against parental consent bill
By Ryan Nicol
Florida Politics
Excerpt: But opponents worry about the potential dangers of forcing children who may not be able to confide in or rely on their parents to obtain consent for an abortion. “Many come from families where such an announcement would only exacerbate an already volatile or dysfunctional family situation,” said Amy Weintraub, Reproductive Rights Program director for Progress Florida.

Legislative Measure Seeks To Require Parental ‘Written Consent’ For Children Services, Including Birth Control
Staff Report
News Service of Florida
A Florida Senate panel on Wednesday backed a proposal that would require parents to give written consent before minors can get mental-health services or be prescribed birth control at school, a move that Democrats argued will prevent students from seeking treatment.

Florida Fetal Heartbeat Bill Divides Women, Providers, And Pregnancy Centers In The State
By Danielle Prieur
WLRN Miami
Kristen Erichsen was in high school and homeless when she found out she was in her first trimester.

Fetal heartbeat bill is unconstitutional
By Leah Sankey
Marco Island Eagle
Florida lawmakers have filed a “fetal heartbeat” bill that would ban abortion after a heartbeat is detected in an embryo.

States pushing near-bans on abortion, targeting Roe v. Wade
By David Crary
Associated Press
Emboldened by the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, anti-abortion lawmakers and activists in numerous states are pushing near-total bans on the procedure in a deliberate frontal attack on Roe v. Wade.

How abortion became a partisan issue in America
By Anna North
Joe Biden called it “the single most difficult vote I’ve cast as a U.S. senator.”

‘It’s horrifying’: Challenges women could face if Georgia’s ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill goes into effect, doctors and advocates say
By Nicquel Terry Ellis
USA Today
A strict abortion law that could be enacted in Georgia at the start of 2020 would pose hardships on women who don’t know they are pregnant by six weeks or can’t see a medical provider within the legal time frame, doctors and activists say.

Trump Chooses No Choice
By Gail Collins
New York Times
It’s only a matter of time before some state passes a law prohibiting women from getting abortions after the second week of pregnancy.

Four hands needed to open new ‘consent condom’
By Jeff Tavss
WPLG Miami
A brand new condom takes two sets of hands to open in an effort to make sure sex will take place between consenting individuals.