Reproductive Rights News Roundup

Parental Consent Measure One Step Away From Florida Senate Vote
By Jim Saunders
News Service of Florida
A day after Gov. Ron DeSantis endorsed the issue in his State of the State address, Republican lawmakers Wednesday continued moving forward with a proposal that would require parental consent before minors could have abortions.

Florida governor calls for teacher raises, new abortion law
By Brendan Farrington
Associated Press
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called for teacher raises, the eradication of Burmese pythons in the Everglades and a new law to force girls to get their parents’ permission before getting an abortion during his State of the State address on Tuesday.

Dems respond to Gov. DeSantis: What about Medicaid expansion, affordable housing, higher wages for workers?
By Lloyd Dunkelberger
Florida Phoenix
Excerpt: The Democrats said they oppose efforts to restrict reproductive health rights, including legislation that would require teenagers to have parental consent before obtaining an abortion.

Women’s March returns to Orlando with a day of protest at City Hall
By Solomon Gustavo
Orlando Weekly
Three years after the inaugural Women’s March on the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, Women’s March 2020 is back to protest on behalf of women and femmes.

Pensacola Women’s March returns this Saturday. Here’s what to know before you go:
By Madison Arnold
Pensacola News Journal
The 2020 Pensacola Women’s March may face another year of wet weather with a 70% chance of precipitation, and maybe even thunderstorms, in the forecast for Saturday.

‘Women March To Win’ event on in Naples for Jan. 18
Staff Report
Naples Florida Weekly
This year, once again, community organizers are planning a March and celebration to commemorate women’s rights in Cambier Park from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.

Florida: Reject Forced Parental Consent for Abortion
Staff Report
Human Rights Watch
Florida legislators should reject a bill that would force adolescent girls to obtain parental consent for abortion, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee.

With Fate Of Roe V. Wade Unsure, Abortion Fight Shifts To New Territory
By Julie Rovner
Kaiser Health News
Jan. 22 marks the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion nationwide.

Planned Parenthood launches $45M campaign to back Democrats in 2020
By Zack Budryk
The Hill
Excerpt: The campaign will zero-in on nine states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, according to the network. The money will go into digital, TV and radio ads, canvassing, and mailers, according to CBS.

A New Study Destroys the Central Argument Behind ‘Abortion Reversal’
By Tiffany Diane Tso
Ninety-nine percent of women don’t regret their abortions five years after getting the procedure, according to a new study that undercuts the myth of abortion regret perpetuated by state lawmakers in support of “abortion reversal” laws.

Do women regret their abortions? Absolutely not!
By Robin Abcarian
Los Angeles Times
Of all the annoying arguments trotted out against legal abortion, the most irksome of them is the claim that women need to be protected from themselves, that they will act rashly to terminate unwanted pregnancies and then spend the the rest of their lives regretting it.

‘A Lifeline’ For Doctors Helps Them Treat Postpartum Depression
By Rhitu Chatterjee
As a young woman, Jennifer Ford struggled with anxiety and depression. When she got pregnant, her physician advised her to stay on the antidepressant she took to manage her symptoms.