Reproductive Rights News Roundup

COVID-19 complicates judicial bypass process for minors seeking abortion
By Caroline Lewis
FSU News
A controversial new bill was recently passed in Florida’s House of Representatives, and members of Planned Parenthood worry it could infringe on the privacy of minors seeking abortion.

EMILY’s List backs Tracey Kagan, Julie Jenkins and Linda Thompson Gonzalez in House contests
By Ryan Nicol
Florida Politics
EMILY’s List — a national organization aimed at helping elect Democratic women who support abortion rights — is endorsing three more House candidates in races throughout the state.

Mike Pence Would Like to Remind You That He Hates Abortion
By Carter Sherman
Mike Pence is on a multistate tour of anti-abortion centers alongside one of the most powerful anti-abortion groups in the United States.

Of Course Mike Pence Is Visiting Crisis Pregnancy Centers
By Laura Bassett
“Pregnant? Scared?” If you’ve ever seen a billboard with this message towering over a highway in America, you’ve been targeted by a crisis pregnancy center.

Republican senators ask FDA commissioner declare abortion pill a public health hazard
By Alex Hider
WPTV West Palm Beach
Twenty Republican senators are urging FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn to declare a commonly used abortion pill as an “imminent hazard to the public health,” a designation that would ban the drug in the U.S. and conceivably limit abortions across the country.

‘Pregnancy is not a life-threatening illness’: Ted Cruz takes heat in call to ban abortion pill
By William Cummings
Sen. Ted Cruz came under fire from abortion-rights proponents after saying Wednesday on social media that pregnancy is not a “life-threatening illness” when the U.S. has the highest maternal death rate out of the world’s developed nations.

This Is a Story About Abortion, No One Will Read It
By Marie Solis
This story was supposed to be about abortion pills.

Says Kamala Harris and other Democratic senators “voted to let babies scream until they die if born alive.”
By Noah Y. Kim
A viral image says that 41 senators voted ” to let babies scream until they die if born alive,” paying special emphasis to  Sen. Kamala Harris, now the Democratic vice presidential nominee.

Abortion-rights groups sue to overturn several NC laws
By Gary D. Robertson
Associated Press
Abortion-rights groups and abortion providers on Thursday sued to overturn several restrictions on the procedure approved by North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature during the past decade.