Reproductive Rights News Roundup

New state senator draws key committee assignments
By Jim McCarthy
Keys Weekly
Excerpt: Rodriguez said she’s also sponsoring a bill to prohibit third trimester abortions in Florida. “I’m pro-life, so I don’t support abortion at any stage. But I don’t think we should outlaw in the first trimester, in the event of an emergency,” she said. “The third trimester should not be a consideration unless the mother’s health is at risk. That’s the only exception I would make.”

Biden Readies Sweeping Rollback of Trump-Era Abortion Crackdown
Staff Report
NBC News
President-elect Joe Biden is poised to roll back several of the Trump administration’s most restrictive sexual and reproductive health policies, including limits on abortion, NBC News reports.

Why President Biden Should Increase Access to the Abortion Pill
By Moira Tan
Teen Vogue
Nearly 50 years after the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade (1973), challenges to abortion continue to deluge the political landscape.

The Forgotten Reproductive Justice Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King
By Michelle Goodwin
Ms. Magazine
Three years ago, on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and I reviewed Khiara Bridges’s compelling book, The Poverty of Privacy Rights in the Yale Law Journal.

The Supreme Court’s one-two punch against women
Staff Report
Ms. Magazine via ACLU Florida
With two swift actions last week, the Supreme Court proved it is alarmingly disinterested in protecting women’s lives.

How Anti-Abortion Terrorism Fueled The MAGA Attack On The Capitol
By Lauren Rankin
Refinery 29
Last week, the world watched in horror as a pro-Trump mob, urged by the President himself, attacked the U.S. Capitol in an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

The Biden-Harris Administration Must Address Trump’s Last-Minute Attempts to Damage Health Care
Staff Report
Guttmacher Institute
In its last several months in office, the Trump-Pence administration quietly but systematically attacked sexual and reproductive health and rights through regulatory and administrative processes.

Boom! Lawyered: Hey Joe, It Feels Good to Say the ‘A’ Word
By Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo
Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo break down the moments to celebrate and explain why Biden and his surrogates should unapologetically proclaim their support for abortion access.

SC abortion limits bill with no rape exception nears debate
By Jeffrey Collins
Associated Press
South Carolina’s state senators, emboldened by their newly expanded GOP majority, are nearing floor debate on a bill that would ban almost all abortions in the state without exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest.

Appeals court revisits Texas ban on abortion procedure
By Kevin McGill
Associated Press
Texas should be allowed to halt a common second-trimester abortion procedure, the state’s lawyers told a federal appeals court Thursday in a hearing punctuated by debates over fetal pain and the rights of women to medically safe abortion.

Planned Parenthood expands mental health counseling
By Danielle Ivanov
Gainesville Sun
Planned Parenthood of North, East and South Florida, which runs the Gainesville center at 914 NW 13th St., is expanding its mental health counseling fivefold in the coming weeks.