Reproductive Rights News Roundup – 6/21/2019

2020 Democrats strongly defend abortion rights at forum
By Will Weissert
Associated Press
Twenty Democratic presidential candidates attending a Planned Parenthood forum on Saturday vowed to defend abortion rights under nearly any circumstance while largely ignoring nuances around the issue that have already roiled their party heading into the 2020 election.

Kirsten Gillibrand gave her opponents a history lesson on abortion politics at the debate
By Anna North
Many candidates in this week’s Democratic debates talked about the future of abortion rights in America. But Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was one of few to talk about the history.

Amy Klobuchar owned Jay Inslee on abortion rights at the Democratic debate
By Anna North
Gov. Jay Inslee may have thought he was scoring points with women voters when he anointed himself the most accomplished defender of abortion rights on the debate stage Wednesday night. Instead he opened the door for a female competitor to knock him down a peg.

Joe Biden’s record on women’s issues could take center stage at the Democratic debate this week
By Tucker Higgins
Joe Biden could face some uncomfortable questions about his record on women this week at the first Democratic presidential debates.

Anti-abortion group poll says Joe Biden’s flip could cost him in general
By Scott Powers
Florida Politics
A new poll commissioned by the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List finds that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden‘s recent change of position regarding federal funding for abortion could cost him votes in a general election.

Planned Parenthood reacts to Title X ruling
By Samantha Sonner
Suncoast News Network
Planned Parenthoods across the country are at risk of losing funding over a new court ruling.

Gov. DeSantis signs law allowing expansion of questionable health insurance policies
By Lloyd Dunkelberger
Florida Phoenix
A new law Gov. Ron DeSantis signed this week will likely expand the use of short-term, limited-coverage health insurance policies that may not cover pre-existing medical conditions.

Medicaid Retroactive Eligibility Plan Approved
By Christine Sexton
News Service of Florida
A move to eliminate a 90-day Medicaid retroactive eligibility period will continue for at least another year.

States Lead the Way in Promoting Coverage of Abortion in Medicaid and Private Insurance
By Adam Sonfield and Elizabeth Nash
Guttmacher Institute
Advocates and policymakers working to ensure that everyone can afford an abortion scored a number of important victories within just a few days of each other:

Planned Parenthood offers free HIV tests
Staff Report
Gainesville Sun
Planned Parenthood will mark Thursday’s National HIV Testing Day by offering free HIV tests.