Reproductive Rights News Roundup

Battle Over Parental Consent Before Abortions Brewing Again in Tallahassee
By Troy Kinsey
Tampa Bay News 9
Tallahassee is ripe for another legislative battle over abortion, with Republicans filing bills to require girls under 18 years old to obtain parental consent before they could have the procedure done.

Rep. Mike Hill files fetal heartbeat abortion ban bill that removes all medical exceptions
By Jim Little
Pensacola News Journal
Rep. Mike Hill has again filed a bill in the Florida House of Representatives that would ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected, but Hill’s new version strips any medical exceptions, including in the event that the mother’s life is in danger.

Supreme Court to hear abortion regulation case
By Mark Sherman
Associated Press
The Supreme Court agreed Friday to plunge into the abortion debate in the midst of the 2020 presidential campaign, taking on a Louisiana case that could reveal how willing the more conservative court is to chip away at abortion rights.

A Supreme Court Abortion Case That Tests the Court Itself
By Linda Greenhouse
New York Times
Under the rules that normally govern the American judicial system, the Louisiana abortion law at the center of a case the Supreme Court added to its docket last week is flagrantly unconstitutional.

Planned Parenthood announces massive voter outreach ahead of 2020 election
By Mitch Perry
Florida Phoenix
Planned Parenthood Votes, the political and advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood, on Wednesday announced its largest electoral effort to date, with a goal of spending at least $45 million in nine battleground states in advance of the 2020 session, including Florida.

Florida Democrat Has Face Printed on Condoms Ahead of Orlando Pride Event: ‘You’re Protected with Rep. Eskamani’
By James Walker
A Florida Democrat has put her face on condoms and revealed she plans to hand them out at a pride event in Orlando this weekend.

Fighting for Abortion Access in the South
By Alexis Okeowo
The New Yorker
In June, 1994, at a pro-choice conference in Chicago, twelve black women gathered together to talk.

She Wanted An Abortion. Feds Say Her Ex Threatened to Bomb the Clinic.
By Marie Solis
A South Carolina man named Rodney Allen has been arrested and charged with calling in a fake bomb threat to a Jacksonville, Florida, health clinic in order to prevent a woman he was formerly in a relationship with from obtaining an abortion.

Trump Administration Rules Prioritize Refusal of Care and Conservative Ideology Over Protecting Patients Against Discrimination
By Adam Sonfield
Guttmacher Institute
Two major regulatory actions taken by the Trump administration in May 2019 highlight different facets of the same agenda.

3 sexually transmitted diseases hit new highs again in US
By Mike Stobbe
Associated Press
U.S. infections from three sexually transmitted diseases have risen for the fifth consecutive year.