Reproductive Rights News Roundup

Florida Survived 2019 Attacks on Abortion Access. What About 2020?
By Amy Weintraub and Laura Goodhue
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Unlike Republican-majority legislatures in neighboring states and across the country, Florida lawmakers did not pass a single restriction on abortion rights in 2019.  

Policy analysis: FL ranks low on infant health, especially among minorities
By Laura Cassels
Florida Phoenix
Florida ranks poorly among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in infant health, especially among African Americans and native Americans, and it underutilizes programs that could help more children, according to an Early Childhood Policy analysis by the Center for American Progress.

Abortion Onscreen in 2019
Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health
ANSIRH released its full report documenting more abortion depictions on television than we’ve ever seen before – forty-three – and many of these plotlines addressed abortion in complex ways, including depicting how abortion restrictions harm people seeking abortions.

Appeals Court Strikes Down Mississippi 15-Week Abortion Ban
Center for Reproductive Rights
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision to strike down Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The case was brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison on behalf of Jackson Women’s Health Organization (JWHO)–the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi.

YEAR IN REVIEW: NIRH Drives Wave of Progress for Reproductive Freedom at State and Local Level
National Institute for Reproductive Health
While the Trump administration and its allies in conservative state legislatures waged war on access to reproductive health care, the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) and its Action Fund helmed the passage of critical state legislation to protect Roe v. Wade, innovated new policy opportunities on the municipal level, removed barriers to care, and fought back against damaging misinformation campaigns set forth by anti-abortion extremists – securing important electoral wins in the process.

Gains on Abortion Access
By Andrea Miller, NIRH President
New York Times
Amid the focus on the anti-abortion strategy, it’s important to recognize that 2019 has been a watershed year for legislation to protect and expand abortion access at the state and local levels.

The abortion war goes local as ACLU lawsuit seeks to thwart town’s ban
By Emily Wax-Thibodeaux and Ariana Eunjung Cha
Washington Post
The ACLU of Tennessee filed a lawsuit against a Nashville suburb Wednesday to stop a zoning ordinance that effectively bans surgical abortions within the city’s borders, an antiabortion tactic that is putting town councils on the front lines of one of the most polarizing issues in American life.

It might take a century to achieve gender parity. Here’s how to help speed it up
By Natasha Pinon
A new report from the World Economic Forum finds that at the current rate of change, we’ll need to wait another hundred years before achieving global gender parity.

Sweeping Court Decision May End Health Coverage for More Than 20 Million Women at Greater Risk
By Debra L. Ness, President
National Partnership for Women & Families
Women stand to lose a lot from this ruling. This includes coverage of care that is essential to women’s health such as maternity care, contraception, prescription drugs, mental health and substance use disorder services, and zero cost-sharing for preventive services such as cancer and STI screenings, flu shots, and women’s well visits. 

Women’s Health Matters: Getting to Universal Coverage
National Partnership for Women & Families
Women must be front and center in any conversation about the future of our nation’s health care system.

Court Issues Blow to Health Care, Rules Individual Mandate of ACA is Unconstitutional
National Women’s Law Center
The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate was unconstitutional, and sent back the decision to the lower court to consider whether the remaining provisions of the law will stand.