Reproductive Rights News Roundup – 6/14/2019

Eight Florida U.S. House Democrats push for reproductive rights measure
By Mitch Perry
Florida Phoenix
South Florida U.S. Rep Lois Frankel is the most recent member of the Florida House Democratic delegation to sign on as a co-sponsor to a measure that would repeal the Hyde Amendment, a 1976 law which bans federal funding for abortion.

Crowd rallies at Hemming Park, airs abortion debate
By Steve Patterson
Florida Times-Union
About 30 opponents of abortion restrictions rallied in Jacksonville’s Hemming Park on Monday and urged state lawmakers to increase access to reproductive medical services.

Abortion rights latest flashpoint between Kim Daniels, Democrats
By A.G. Gancarski
Florida Politics
State Rep. Kim Daniels, a Jacksonville Democrat in her second term, may face yet another primary challenge should she run for re-election in 2020.

New abortion laws are too extreme for most Americans, poll shows
By Gretchen Frazee
Recent efforts by Republican-controlled state legislatures to enact some of the most restrictive abortion laws in decades go against the views of most Americans, according to the latest poll from the PBS NewsHour, NPR and Marist, which could spark a backlash against the party in the 2020 elections.

Where 2020 Democrats stand on abortion
Staff Report
Protecting abortion rights has become a key talking point for Democratic presidential candidates as Republican-led state legislatures have passed laws in recent months to severely restrict the procedure, in an ultimate bid to challenge Roe v. Wade at the high court.

Fewer women are having abortions. Why?
By Alia E. Dastagir
USA Today
In the first half of 2019, several states have passed some of the most restrictive abortion bans since Roe v. Wade legalized the procedure in 1973.

How to Talk About Americans’ Opposition to Abortion Bans
Staff Report
Navigator Research
What are the best arguments progressives can make against abortion bans being passed in state legislatures across the country aimed at threatening Roe v. Wade?

Life Begins at Conception (Except When That’s Inconvenient for Republicans)
By Molly Jong-Fast
New York Times
When, exactly, do abortion opponents think life begins?

The End of the Rape and Incest Exception
By Mary Ziegler
New York Times
All of a sudden, abortion opponents have abandoned rape and incest exceptions to abortion bans.

Restricting abortion ‘bad for business,’ business leaders say
By Jackie Wattles
Top executives from more than 180 companies have a message for lawmakers: Restricting abortion is “bad for business.”

In Alabama — where lawmakers banned abortion for rape victims — rapists’ parental rights are protected
By Emily Wax-Thibodeaux
Washington Post
When a young woman came to the Family Services of North Alabama office last year for help with trauma, saying she had been raped by her step-uncle when she was 15, rape crisis advocate Portia Shepherd heard something that “killed me, shocked me.”

Hugh Culverhouse says emails prove university dispute about boycott
By Jacob Ogles
Florida Politics
Newly released emails fed an ongoing dispute about when University of Alabama officials decided to return philanthropist Hugh Culverhouse’s recent donations.

What Abortion Access Looks Like in Mississippi: One Person at a Time
By Zoë Beery
New York Times
When Brandy found out she was pregnant for the fifth time, she was 25 and single and had given birth to her third child two months earlier.

Promiscuity Propaganda: Access to Information and Services Does Not Lead to Increases in Sexual Activity
By Joerg Dreweke
Guttmacher Institute
Socially conservative policymakers and activists routinely assert that making sexual and reproductive health information and services more available promotes promiscuity.

Local groups fight HIV stigma, look to encourage more testing
By David Jones
WCJB Gainesville
Fighting stigmatization that has lasted for years in the discussion of HIV/AIDS was the topic of a training held Monday evening at the Bartley Temple United Methodist Church in Gainesville.

Planned Parenthood Services Changing Life of Transgender Teen (video story)
By Marissa Bagg
NBC 6 Miami
The services for transgender patients at Planned Parenthood is changing the life of one South Florida teen.