Reproductive Rights News Roundup

Bill requiring parental consent for abortion clears first Senate committee
By Elizabeth Koh
Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau
A key Florida Senate committee voted Tuesday, along party lines, to advance a bill that would require parental consent for abortion, overcoming a procedural hurdle by Democrats last month to stall the legislation.

Senators back contentious abortion bill
By Christine Sexton
News Service of Florida
In a contentious meeting where proponents and opponents talked about God, homosexuality and government intrusion, a Florida Senate panel Tuesday approved a bill that would require minors to obtain permission from their parents before having abortions.

Let pregnant women make their own agonizing decisions in Down syndrome cases
By Mark T. Ryan
Special to the Sun Sentinel
Opinions vary greatly on what a pregnant woman should do with her baby – especially, it seems, among those who will never specifically be in that situation.

‘Untold Story’: Independent Abortion Clinics Are Closing at a Rapid Pace
By Erin Heger
A new report details the crucial role independent abortion clinics play in ensuring access in parts of the country most hostile to abortion rights—and the struggle for them to stay open.

Health insurance coverage and contraceptive use at the state level: findings from the 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Staff Report
Guttmacher Institute
Variation in contraceptive use across the states likely reflects broader demographic, social and structural differences across state and local populations.

Officials: Vaccination Efforts Slow Spread Of Hepatitis A In Florida
By Christine Sexton
News Service of Florida
Florida’s surgeon general is cautiously optimistic that education and vaccination efforts during the past few months are working to contain the spread of hepatitis A, which caused the declaration of a public-health emergency in August.

Bill that would give Florida workers 3 months paid family leave – isn’t really paid
By Liz Crawford
WTSP Tampa Bay
According to the proposed legislation filed this week, Florida employers could soon be legally required to let workers take three months of paid family leave to bond with newborn children, newly-fostered kids or newly-adopted ones.

Schumer: Fed workers to get 12 weeks of paid parental leave
Staff Report
Associated Press
The Senate’s top Democrat said Sunday that congressional leaders have reached a “real breakthrough” deal to give 12 weeks of paid parental leave to millions of federal workers as part of the annual defense policy bill.