Reproductive Rights News Roundup

FL Senate poised to pass a bill requiring parental consent for teenagers seeking an abortion
By Lloyd Dunkelberger
Florida Phoenix
After rejecting more than 20 amendments advanced by Democrats on Wednesday, the Florida Senate is ready to vote next week on a bill requiring parental consent for young women seeking an abortion.

Florida Senate poised to approve parental consent for abortion in election-year move
By John Kennedy
GateHouse Capital Bureau
A measure requiring girls under age 18 to get consent from a parent or a judge before having an abortion came under sharp attack Wednesday from Senate Democrats, who failed in repeated attempts to derail the bill.

Liberal women’s groups plan Capitol protest against parental consent for abortions
By Ryan Nicol
Florida Politics
Several groups supporting abortion rights are planning a protest on the Capitol to speak out against a measure requiring minors to get consent from their parents before obtaining an abortion (SB 404).

Interfaith coalition speaks out against proposed abortion restrictions: ‘We won’t go back’
By Laura Cassels
Florida Phoenix
As a young nurse, Minerva Velez-Glidden’s first patient was a 14-year-old girl infected with sepsis following a botched attempt to terminate a pregnancy.

Democratic House caucus taking no position on parental consent bill — for now
By A.G. Gancarski
Florida Politics
A rebellion from self-described “Blue Dog” Democrats in the House caucus means that the party will not take a position on a parental consent bill.

Planned Parenthood chair: Abortion consent bill harmful
By Boyd Lindsley
Orlando Sentinel
It may sound reasonable to some: when minors become pregnant, they should tell their parents before having an abortion.

Florida pastor and Trump spiritual advisor says God can terminate pregnancies if they’re satanic
By Colin Wolf
Clearly Loafing Tampa
While Florida Republicans are on their way to further limit women’s healthcare, a Central Florida pastor who also serves as the Trump administration’s spiritual advisor, is arguing that it’s somehow fine for God to terminate a pregnancy as long as it’s “satanic.”

“Hands Off My Body” Cry Handful Of Protesters At Reproductive Rights Rally

By James Coulter
Polk County Daily Ridge
Several years ago, a 15-year-old Hispanic girl entered the clinic of Kathy Sullivan, who was working there as an OB/GYN.

Florida Interfaith Coalition: Access to affordable reproductive health care is ‘a social and moral good for everyone’
By Kate Lannaman
Fort Myers News-Press
As President of the Florida Interfaith Coalition for Reproductive Health and Justice, I know there is widespread support for abortion care to remain safe, legal and accessible among many Floridians.

I support full reproductive rights for women because of my faith, not despite it
By Kate Lannaman
Tallahassee Democrat
From mainline Christian denominations to Jewish and other faith traditions, there is a deep recognition of the need to trust women and families to make personal decisions about their reproductive lives.

‘It’s not fine.’ Black mothers and babies are dying in Florida
By Robin Bravender
Florida Phoenix
Black mothers and babies are dying at staggering rates in Florida and throughout the United States.

What I learned by throwing a Safe Sex Pizza Party
By Renata Happle
Tampa Bay Times
I had this new friend, one who appeared cool as I observed her life from behind a phone screen on social media and from across the hallway at St. Petersburg High School. But as we grew closer, I learned her reality: She was coping with chlamydia and human papillomavirus (HPV).

$2 million Planned Parenthood facility opens in Fort Myers
By Dave Elias
WZVN Fort Myers
As Planned Parenthood fights for survival amid government funding cuts a brand new $2 million facility is opening its doors in Fort Myers along Commerce Park Drive and is closing the old facility along College Parkway.

Cole proposes sanctuary for life resolution
By Jamie Gentry
Navarre Press
Santa Rosa County could become a sanctuary for life and pre-born children, openly taking a stance opposing abortion.

U.S. Insurance Coverage, 2018: The Affordable Care Act Is Still Under Threat and Still Vital for Reproductive-Age Women
By Adam Sonfield
Guttmacher Institute
Ten years after the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), several things are clear: The law’s major expansions of Medicaid and private insurance coverage have drastically reduced the number of women of reproductive age who are uninsured.