Reproductive Rights News Roundup – 9/20/2019

The U.S. Abortion Rate Continues to Drop: Once Again, State Abortion Restrictions Are Not the Main Driver
By Elizabeth Nash and Joerg Dreweke
Guttmacher Institute
Between 2011 and 2017, the U.S. abortion landscape changed significantly. As documented by the Guttmacher Institute’s periodic abortion provider census, all the main measures of abortion declined, including the number of abortions, the abortion rate and the abortion ratio.1,2 The declines are part of trends that go back decades.

Number of abortions in US falls to lowest since 1973
By David Crary
Associated Press
The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday.

With Abortion Restrictions On The Rise, Some Women Induce Their Own
By Sarah McCammon
When Arlen found out she was pregnant this year, she was still finishing college and knew she didn’t want a child.

What Generic Mifepristone Means For People Seeking Abortions, According To Experts & Advocates
By Emma McGowan
As of Aug. 20, people in the United States will have access to a generic version of mifepristone, one of two pills need to induce a medication abortion

The Threat of a Post-Roe America Is Already Changing How Women Get Abortions
By Nina Liss-Schultz
Mother Jones
When lawmakers in Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Kentucky passed legislation this year effectively ending all or most abortions in their states, it seemed to confirm what many Americans, pro-choice and anti-abortion alike, have long anticipated: The post-Roe era is coming.

Abortion restrictions cost all Americans, not just women. (And we mean that literally.)
By Lynn Stuart Parramore
NBC News
South Carolina is currently weighing a ban that would not even provide exceptions for grave birth defects.

Fake Clinics Are Not the Answer
By Andrea Grimes
New York Times
In its quest to “defund” Planned Parenthood and end access to clinical abortion care, the federal government under the Trump-Pence administration is poised to recreate a public health disaster that has blighted the already heavily damaged reproductive health care safety net in Texas, where lawmakers recently replaced seasoned medical providers with Bible-thumping grifters.

Why is Facebook Censoring Abortion Advocates?
By Carmen Rios
Ms. Magazine
Last week, Facebook removed a post that fact-checked an inaccurate anti-abortion video. The decision came after mounting pressure from four male lawmakers: Sens. Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Kevin Cramer and Mike Braun.

Culverhouse donates $250,000 to Planned Parenthood clinic
Staff Report
Associated Press
Planned Parenthood has received a $250,000 donation for its new Birmingham clinic from a critic of Alabama’s attempt to ban abortion.

Elizabeth Warren taps Planned Parenthood policy director to lead Florida campaign
By David Smiley
Miami Herald
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has hired Planned Parenthood’s head of public policy in Florida to lead her presidential campaign in the state.

Chris Sprowls: 3 speech highlights from the next Florida House speaker
By Emily L. Mahoney
Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau
Excerpt: Sprowls also took on abortion, saying “”advocates for late-term abortions should know that here in the state of Florida, we don’t kill babies”.