Reproductive Rights News Roundup

After 3 hour forum, Santa Rosa board will let voters decide abortion issue in November
By Annie Blanks
Panama City News Herald

Related: Santa Rosa County poised to be Florida’s first ‘pro-life sanctuary’
Santa Rosa County voters will head to the polls this November to decide whether to declare the county a “pro-life sanctuary” after commissioners declined to take action on the controversial resolution Thursday.

The Wacky New Anti-Abortion Tactic Taking Off Across America
By Rachel Olding
The Daily Beast
When Santa Rosa County’s Board of Commissioners met Thursday morning, items on the agenda included improving the drainage on Tibet Drive, upgrading the local boat ramp, and allocating money to buy new scoreboards at Chumuckla Park.

Controversial abortion bill draws local activists to Tallahassee
By Lexi Nahl
CBS 12 Miami
This week, a controversial abortion bill cleared a major hurdle in the state Senate.

Poll shows strong support for parental consent legislation
By Renzo Downey
Florida Politics
Nearly twice as many Floridians support legislation requiring minors to seek approval from their parents before obtaining an abortion as oppose it, according to a new survey from St. Pete Polls.

Planned Parenthood calls for abortion advocates to occupy the Capitol
By Kennedy Guidry
Dressed in pink and armed with signs reading, “Protect Safe, Legal, Abortion”, Planned Parenthood led the protest at Tallahassee’s Capitol, against lawmakers in support of bill SB 404 on Feb. 4.

National Pro-Life Group Announces Campaign To Reach Florida Voters
By Daylina Miller
WUSF Tampa
The day after Florida’s Senate voted on a controversial parental consent bill, a national pro-life group announced a multi-million dollar campaign that targets Florida voters in particular.

Graphic abortion display on Campus: Why they’re here and what students think about it
By Darvin Nelson
UNF Spinnaker
Organizations like the Canadian Center for Bio-ethical Reform (CCBR) have held anti-abortion demonstrations at UNF before.

Trump-Linked Anti-Abortion “Pregnancy Centers” Endanger Pregnant People
By Claire Provost and Nandini Archer,
A global network of ‘crisis pregnancy centres,’ backed by US anti-abortion groups linked to the Trump White House, has been condemned by lawmakers, doctors and rights advocates for targeting vulnerable women with “disinformation, emotional manipulation and outright deceit.”

Abortion Care is Health Care—and We Must Protect It
By Yashica Robinson
Ms. Magazine
As an obstetrician-gynecologist, I have a busy obstetrics practice where I provide prenatal care, deliver babies and treat mothers after they give birth.

FSU students reside in 14th highest STD rate city
By Amberly Tran
Tallahassee Democrat
Tallahassee has the 14th highest rate of sexually transmitted diseases the nation and the highest in Florida, according to a report based on Centers for Disease Control data.

Planned Parenthood’s 2020 Choice Affair to feature bestselling author
By Leah Sanky
Cape Coral Daily Breeze
Sarah Smarsh, the critically acclaimed author and journalist, will be the featured speaker at Planned Parenthood’s Southwest and Central Florida Choice Affair Luncheon next week.

In 2020, States Are Primed to Build on Recent Gains in Protecting and Expanding Abortion Rights
By Olivia Cappello
Guttmacher Institute
The year 2020 is shaping up to be a tumultuous one for abortion rights, as the U.S. Supreme Court hears a case that could seriously undermine them.