Reproductive Rights News Roundup

Abortion rights front: Advocates say some lawmakers lost their races over the parental consent bill
By Diane Rado
Florida Phoenix
When the state House was considering a controversial parental consent bill during the 2020 legislative session, most Democrats, but not all, voted against the measure. Republicans overwhelmingly supported it.

Appeals court rules against pregnant teen in test of Florida’s parental consent law
By Jim Saunders
News Service of Florida
Nearly six months after the Legislature passed a law requiring parental consent before minors can have abortions, an appeals court has turned down arguments of a pregnant teen who sought to be exempt from the requirement.

Abortion Fight Evolves, Overshadowed in 2020 but With Huge Stakes
By Maggie Astor
New York Times
It would be difficult to overstate the significance of this year’s elections for the future of abortion in America.

Kamala Harris is invigorating abortion rights activists
By Paige Winfield Cunningham
Washington Post
Joe Biden has been less willing than other Democrats to lurch leftward on abortion rights.

Florida Republicans on Capitol Hill Urge Treasury Department to End Tax Breaks for Abortion
Staff Report
Florida Daily
On Thursday, more than 100 congressional Republicans signed a letter led by U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., and U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, to U.S. Treasury Sec. Steven Mnuchin calling for new regulations to end tax breaks for abortion under the guise of healthcare.

How Anti-Abortion Advocates Are Co-opting and Twisting Calls for Racial Justice
By Becca Andrews
Mother Jones
The argument seemed reasonable in theory: “We are pleased that our state values life no matter an individual’s potential disability, gender, or race.”

Millions of women lose contraceptives, abortions in COVID-19
By Aniruddha Ghosal and Cara Anna
Associated Press
Millions of women and girls globally have lost access to contraceptives and abortion services because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Denying Abortion Coverage Is Not a Religious Value
By Sheila Katz, Sara Hutchinson Ratcliffe and Rev. Katey Zeh
As leaders of organizations that represent countless people of faith across the nation, we want to set the record straight: We are people of faith and we are pro-choice.

EMILY’s List backs Democrat Pam Keith in CD 18 primary
By Ryan Nicol
Florida Politics
EMILY’s List — a national organization aimed at helping elect Democratic women who support abortion rights — is backing Pam Keith in the Democratic primary for the seat in Florida’s 18th Congressional District.

Winners and losers emerging from Florida’s Primary Elections
By Peter Schorsch
Florida Politics
Excerpt: Ruth’s List: The group that supports abortion rights candidates is celebrating wins for more than 30 of the Democratic women it backed in the primary. Some of them were shoo-ins, to be sure, but others held their ground in truly competitive races.