Reproductive Rights News Roundup

DeSantis’ appointee to Florida Supreme Court belongs to Christian group using law to ‘spread the Gospel’
By Mary Ellen Klas and Kirby Wilson
Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau
Jamie R. Grosshans, the last-minute choice of Gov. Ron DeSantis to the Florida Supreme Court, is an anti-abortion defender who has been active in a number of Christian legal groups, including a powerful national organization whose mission is to “spread the Gospel by transforming the legal system.”

The Trump Administration Wants to Make the Global Gag Rule Even More Harmful
By Lauren Cross and Zara Ahmed
Ms. Magazine
In the middle of a global pandemic, the Trump administration is trying to make it harder for people to get the sexual and reproductive health care they want and need.

Coloradans will vote on a 22-week abortion ban in November
By Patty Nieberg
Associated Press
Despite past failed attempts to ban or limit abortions in Colorado, anti-abortion advocates have another chance to win over voters with a November ballot measure that would ban the procedure after 22 weeks.

Tennessee defends abortion reversal law in legal challenge
By Kimberlee Kruesi
Associated Press
A Tennessee law requiring doctors to inform women that drug-induced abortions may be reversed is critical for women who may change their minds halfway through the procedure, the state’s top legal chief said.

Kansas court hears arguments over “wrongful birth” law
By Roxana Hegeman
Associated Press
The Kansas Supreme Court seemed worried Wednesday about the proper roles of the Legislature and courts as it wrestled with whether a state statute that prohibits lawsuits based on “wrongful birth” claims is constitutional.

The outcry over ICE and hysterectomies, explained
By Nicole Narea
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement is facing allegations that women detained at one of the agency’s facilities in Ocilla, Georgia, underwent unnecessary gynecological procedures, including hysterectomies.

2021 and Beyond: Key Federal Sexual and Reproductive Health Issues
By Leah H. Keller, Lauren Cross and Zara Ahmed
Guttmacher Institute
As the COVID-19 pandemic tested the fragmented U.S. health care system in spring and summer 2020, sexual and reproductive health and rights were neglected or outright targeted by opponents of reproductive autonomy.

Most Sex Ed Stresses Abstinence. Here’s How Parents Can Fill in the Gaps.
By Steph Auteri
If you wait around to have a single, awkward “sex talk” with your kids as they’re approaching their late teens, you’ve waited too long.