Reproductive Rights News Roundup – 5/3/2019

Trump defends health workers’ right to object to abortions
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
Associated Press
Advancing his anti-abortion agenda, President Donald Trump moved Thursday to protect health care workers who object to procedures like abortion on moral or religious grounds.

Florida’s unconstitutional parental consent abortion bill falters in Senate committee
By Trimmel Gomes
Florida News Connection
In the final week of Florida’s legislative session, it appears a bill has stalled that would have required minors to get parental consent before having an abortion.

What abortion activists want from the 2020 candidates
By Amanda Michelle Gomez
Every Democrat running for president supports abortion rights.

Conservative hopes for new Florida Supreme Court fading in Senate
By John Kennedy
GateHouse Capital Bureau
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appointment of three new, conservative justices to the Florida Supreme Court raised expectations that an array of red-meat policies would swiftly emerge from the Republican-controlled Legislature.

No, the Real ‘Abortion Divide’ Is Not Between Patients and Protesters
By Tara Murtha
The abortion divide is between people who need and deserve abortion access and the well-funded movement colluding with lawmakers to push it out of reach.

A Hit Anti-Abortion Film Is Inspiring Real-World Harassment
By Irin Carmon
The Cut
Calla Hales has been getting the cards, handwritten and preprinted alike, for years.

The danger of being pregnant and black in America
By Miriam Zoila Pérez
The Guardian
When Jessica Roach’s second daughter was born premature, at just 34 weeks and five days, Roach found herself living a statistic that she knew intimately.

New law will keep pre-existing conditions covered but give patients fewer protections
By Elizabeth Koh
Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau
Florida lawmakers approved a health insurance bill Wednesday that would require insurers to keep covering pre-existing conditions if the Affordable Care Act disappears, though the bill would not keep protections in the federal law to control how much those patients can be charged.

‘Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act’ ready for Governor’s signature
By Ryan Nicol
Florida Politics
An act to ensure women inmates are given free access to hygiene products has unanimously passed the House a second time and is now ready to be signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.