Reproductive Rights News Roundup

I’m Working to Make Sure Young People Like Me Can Make Decisions About Their Own Bodies
By N., a 17-year-old high school student living in Florida
If When How
Related: We Must Use Every Tool at Our Disposal to Ensure Abortion Access for Young People.
When I had an abortion in Florida during COVID, it was really hard to get a judicial bypass — permission from a judge to let a young person get an abortion without parental consent.

The Next Big Anti-Abortion Fight: Keeping You From Having an Abortion at Home
By Marie Solis
As medication abortion becomes more popular and a global pandemic makes telemedicine not just appealing, but necessary to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, the anti-choice movement has honed in on a new target: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The Abortion Pill Mifepristone Just Became Easier to Get
By Carrie N. Baker
Ms. Magazine
Last week, a federal judge in Maryland issued an 80-page decision temporarily suspending enforcement of an FDA restriction on the abortion pill, forcing patients to make an unnecessary trip to their health care provider just to pick up the medication and sign a form.

Despite Supreme Court Win, Abortion Rights Are Still Not Safe
By Kirsten Gillibrand
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the implementation of a law that would have left just one clinic and one doctor authorized to perform abortions in Louisiana, a state of more than 4.5 million people and 50,000 square miles.

John Stemberger puts Heather Fitzenhagen on blast over anti-abortion claim
By Jacob Ogles
Florida Politics
Florida’s top evangelical activist trashed Heather Fitzenhagen’s claims on her abortion record as a “bald-faced lie” when it comes to parental consent.

Texas pastor brings movement to ban abortion to Naples
By Taylor Smith and Jack Lowenstein
WINK News Miami
A religious leader is traveling the country with a message. Texas Pastor Mark Lee Dickson’s visits to cities across his State have often led to those cities passing ordinances banning abortion, and now he wants to bring that same movement to Florida.

Jupiter vice mayor’s plan to offer paid family leave shot down again
By Sam Howard
Palm Beach Post
In a rerun of sorts from 2016, Vice Mayor Ilan Kaufer once again pitched town council members on paid parental or family leave for town employees Tuesday.