Reproductive Rights News Roundup

DeSantis signs Florida onto brief seeking to overturn Roe v. Wade
By Tim Kephart
ABC Action News
Governor Ron DeSantis signed the state of Florida onto an Amicus brief with 12 other Republican governors encouraging the Supreme Court to overturn the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade that allowed pre-viability abortions in the United States.

Manatee approves $100,000 for pregnancy support services on same day as pro-choice rally
By Samantha Gholar Weires and Jesse Mendoza
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Manatee County approved $100,000 in funding for pregnancy support services on Tuesday, the same day that pro-choice advocacy groups and the local Democratic Party rallied outside of the county administration building to oppose a local abortion ban proposal.

Dozens protest proposed abortion ban in Manatee County
By Mitch Perry
Spectrum News
Abortion rights advocates protested in front of the Manatee County Administration Building on Tuesday morning, blasting a proposal by a county commissioner that would severely limit if not outright ban medical abortions in Manatee County.

Pro-choice activists push back as Manatee County begins to pursue local abortion ban
By Ryan Callihan
Bradenton Herald
On Tuesday morning, protestors reacted loudly. As they shouted through megaphones and waved picket signs along Manatee Avenue in downtown Bradenton, they urged local leaders to reverse course.

Pro-choice rally held in response to local initiatives by Manatee County Commission Board
By Sydney Baulier
Satcher proposed two local pro life initiatives at the Commissioner meeting back in June. One of the initiatives is to make Manatee County a “sanctuary for the unborn” and adopt laws similar to the Heartbeat Bill in Texas. Planned Parenthood Southwest and Central Florida, Progress Florida, and Floridians for Reproductive Freedom joined together to rally outside of Tuesday’s Manatee County Commission Regular meeting.

What U.S. abortion access looks like, in graphics
By Chloe Atkins
States are passing more abortion restrictions, which could reshape what abortion access looks like across the country.

GOP legislatures keep forcing doctors to spread misinformation about ‘abortion reversal’
By Lisa Needham
The American Independent
Research shows the unproven procedure is not only misguided but dangerous.

Democrats repeal prohibition on funding abortions abroad
By Laura Kelly
The Hill
House Democrats on Wednesday passed for the first time in more than half a century a State Department and foreign assistance spending bill that does not include the Helms Amendment, a provision that blocks U.S. funding for women’s health services related to abortions. The state, foreign operations and related programs bill, an annual appropriations package that lays out U.S. foreign funding priorities, excludes text from the Helms Amendment for the first time since it was introduced in 1973.

Biden Says the US Will No Longer Detain Pregnant Migrants. Don’t Be Fooled.
By Amanda Heffernan
Rewire News
Without a plan to transform the immigration system, the Biden administration’s policy change mostly serves as a cover for ongoing family separation.

Student Campaign to Increase Emergency Contraception Access: “EC Vending Machines Everywhere”
By Carrie N. Baker
As the Supreme Court threatens to overturn abortion rights, expanding access to emergency contraception to prevent unwanted pregnancy is more important than ever. This student-led peer group is making it happen.

Sex Education In The United States Is Broken, But It Doesn’t Have To Be
By Molly Longman
Maddie* remembers walking into a sweaty, small practice gym one morning at Xavier High School, a private Catholic institution in Cedar Rapids, IA, for a unit on health. As she took a seat on the bleachers with her classmates, a teacher passed out brand new textbooks and permanent markers to everyone. For the first 20 minutes of class, the teacher instructed Maddie and the rest of the kids to turn to a specific chapter and black-out certain sections — ones that discussed topics such as sex, abortion, and birth control.