Reproductive Rights News Roundup

FRF Press Conference – SCOTUS June Medical  |  FRF Press Release – SCOTUS June Medical
The Floridians for Reproductive Freedom coalition responds to the June Medical Services Supreme Court ruling. State advocates celebrate this critical win for abortion access.

FRF Press Release – Forced Parental Consent Bill Signed into Law
The Floridians for Reproductive Freedom coalition responds to new law requiring parental permission for teen abortion. State advocates respond to new barrier for abortion access with website offering resources, support to young people.

Florida Imposes Forced Parental Consent for Abortion
By Margaret Wurth
Human Rights Watch
Young people have the right to safe, accessible abortion care.

Florida Now Requires Parental Consent for Minors Seeking Abortions
By Aila Slisco
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed a bill prohibiting minors from undergoing abortions without the written consent of a parent or guardian.

Gov. DeSantis signs abortion consent for minors law
By Renzo Downey
Florida Politics
Excerpt: Floridians for Reproductive Freedom and Samantha Daley, an organizer with Power U Center for Social Change, issued a statement criticizing DeSantis’ signature. “A young Floridian seeking an abortion needs equity, compassionate support and access to health care, information, and services,” Daley said. “Parental involvement laws disproportionately impact young people at the margins, including Black youth, youth of color, young people experiencing houselessness, LGBTQ youth, immigrant youth, and young people in the foster care system, because these populations already face larger systematic barriers to accessing abortion and the legal system in general.”

DeSantis quietly signs abortion parental consent bill; opponents expect to challenge the law in court
By Danielle J. Brown
Florida Phoenix
Excerpt: The Floridians for Reproductive Freedom coalition said in a statement: “Anti-abortion legislators ignored the fact that the majority of young Floridians already involve a parent in their abortion decision-making; and that those who cannot or choose not to involve a parent do so for reasons rooted in their own safety and well-being. For many communities there are still incredible barriers to not only getting abortion care, but barriers to staying safe and healthy overall. The new requirement becomes law in the midst of a national uprising against police violence, a global pandemic, and an economic crisis which disproportionately affects Black communities.”

Abortion Rights Advocates Weighing Whether To Sue Over Parental Consent Law
By Robbie Gaffney
WFSU Tallahassee
Florida abortion rights advocates are weighing whether to challenge a new law on abortion signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Split high court throws out Louisiana abortion clinic limit
By Mark Sherman
Associated Press
Related: Supreme Court’s abortion ruling raises stakes for election
A divided Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights over fierce opposition from dissenting conservative justices in the first big abortion case of the Trump era.

Roberts joins Supreme Court’s four liberal judges in striking down Louisiana abortion law
By Allison Stevens
Florida Phoenix
In a major victory for reproductive rights, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a controversial Louisiana law that critics said would have severely limited access to abortion in Louisiana and opened the door to further abortion limitations around the country.

How Congress Can Immediately Seize on Monday’s Abortion Rights Win
By Dr. Herminia Palacio
Monday’s Supreme Court ruling is an important win, but we need federal action to restore and protect access to abortion across the country—like the Women’s Health Protection Act, which was introduced in May 2019 and co-sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

How Not to Outlaw Abortion
By Mary Ziegler
New York Times
The chief justice of the Supreme Court infuriated conservatives once again Monday by siding with his four more liberal colleagues to strike down a Louisiana law that would have sharply restricted the availability of abortion there by requiring providers of the procedure to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

Roe v. Wade isn’t safe
By Anna North
At Hope Medical Group for Women, staff were taking care of patients when the decision came down.

One of These Cases Could Be the Next Big Fight for Abortion Rights
By Jessica Mason Pieklo
Here’s the thing about anti-choice activists: They just don’t stop.

What COVID-19 Means for Immigrants’ Reproductive Health
​​​​​​​Sheila Desai and Goleen Samari
This year is a clarifying moment for many people. We see how structural racism and state violence terrorize Black communities.

Seeing the Whole Pattern: Coordinated Federal Attacks on Birth Control Coverage and Access
By Adam Sonfield
Guttmacher Institute
The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to make a ruling for the third time since 2014 on the issue of private health insurance coverage for birth control, and that is no accident.

Senate Republicans put ‘Planned Parenthood favorite’ Heather Fitzenhagen on blast
By Jacob Ogles
Florida Politics
Senate Republican leadership are attacking Fort Myers Republican Heather Fitzenhagen as a liberal Planned Parenthood favorite.