Reproductive Rights News Roundup

Tampa Bay Abortion Fund launches new pro-choice billboard campaign
By Colin Wolf
Creative Loafing Tampa Bay
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tampa Bay Abortion Fund has witnessed a massive increase in calls for services, and now the group is paying for a new pro-choice billboard campaign to help get the word out.

What’s next for abortion legislation in the U.S.?
By Courtney Vinopal
PBS Newshour
The Supreme Court decision to strike down a Louisiana law on June 29 that would have restricted access to abortion in the state was broadly seen as a win for the reproductive rights movement.

Judge: Women can get abortion pill without doctor visits
By Michael Kunzelman
Associated Press
A federal judge agreed Monday to suspend a rule that requires women during the COVID-19 pandemic to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to obtain an abortion pill.

Medication Abortion Access Is About to Radically Change
By Jessica Mason Pieklo
Medication abortion access just got a little easier and safer for patients during the COVID-19 crisis. It’s about damn time, and it should stay this way forever.

Judge tosses Trump rule on billing for abortion coverage
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
Associated Press
A federal judge in Baltimore on Friday struck down a Trump administration rule that abortion rights advocates called a maneuver to restrict access but officials defended as merely following the law.

Federal judge voids Georgia ‘heartbeat’ abortion restriction
By Jeff Amy
Associated Press
A federal judge on Monday permanently blocked Georgia’s 2019 “heartbeat” abortion law, finding that it violates the U.S. Constitution.

Tennessee governor signs, court blocks 6-week abortion ban
By Jonathan Mattisse
Associated Press
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday signed one of the strictest abortion bans in the country, and a federal judge quickly blocked the measure.

State Policy Trends at Mid-Year 2020: Reproductive Health and Rights Take a Back Seat to Pandemic
Staff Report
Guttmacher Institute
In the first six months of 2020, the United States faced three cataclysms: the global coronavirus pandemic, the unprecedented job losses and recession, and the racist killings of Black Americans—including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Rayshard Brooks—that sparked nationwide demonstrations against police brutality and racial injustice.