Reproductive Rights News Roundup

Student activists tell legislators what they think of abortion bill, then are ejected
By Kirby Wilson
Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau
Activists with Students for a Democratic Society staged a protest in the middle of a Florida House committee meeting Thursday as lawmakers were taking up a controversial bill banning abortions after 15 weeks.

‘Let us speak’: Crowd chanted during House committee meeting over public testimony on abortion ban
By Imani Thomas
Florida Phoenix
Related: Anti-abortion activists arrested in Fort Myers; In Capitol, lawmakers pursue 15-week abortion ban
A crowd in a House committee meeting Thursday evening chanted loudly, “Let us speak; let us speak,” when the chairman announced that the committee would soon end the public testimony on a proposed 15-week abortion ban.

For some, House Bill 5 is a fight for life; Representative Anna Eskamani sees it as a fight for freedom
By Allegra Montesano
WMFE Orlando
A bill in the Florida House of Representatives that would restrict abortions after 15 weeks passed its first committee hearing with 12 votes to 6 along party lines.

‘Nasty and well-coordinated’: Anti-abortion protesters arrested after blocking entry to Fort Myers Planned Parenthood
Michael Braun
Fort Myers News-Press
A group protesting abortion blocked entrance to the Planned Parenthood center in Fort Myers on Thursday morning leading to the arrest of several members.

5 adults arrested, 4 juveniles cited in conflict at Fort Myers Planned Parenthood
By Kyra Shportun
NBC 2 Fort Myers
Five out-of-state protestors were arrested for trespassing and four juveniles were given notices to appear after blocking the entrance to a Fort Myers Planned Parenthood.

Stephen Breyer to Retire, Setting Up Battle for Supreme Court Seat
By Carl Hulse
New York Times
While Democrats failed last week to upend the Senate filibuster to pass new voting rights laws, they do not have to change any rules to thwart a Republican filibuster against a Supreme Court nominee — those changes have already been made.

Abortion opponents eye priorities as high court ruling looms
By Thomas Beaumont
Associated Press
In the nearly two months since a conservative majority of justices on the Supreme Court indicated openness to dramatic new restrictions on abortion, money has poured into the political fundraising arm of the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List.

Biden says Roe v. Wade is ‘under assault’ on 49th anniversary of decision
By Adam Schrader
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris released a joint statement Saturday declaring that Roe v. Wade is “under assault” on the 49th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on abortion rights.

St. Pete activists rally on Roe v. Wade anniversary
by Arielle Stevenson
The National Organization for Women’s Pinellas Chapter held its annual Roe v. Wade rally in St. Petersburg on Saturday. The 49th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, comes amid battles over the future of abortion access across the country. In Florida, a 15-week abortion ban, without exceptions for rape or incest, is gaining support in the state legislature. Diane Lebedeff, President of Pinellas NOW, says the proposed abortion ban doesn’t take into account infant viability.

Roe v. Wade anniversary attracts protesters on both sides of abortion debate to downtown St. Petersburg
By Jordan Bowen
Fox 13 News Tampa Bay
On Saturday, pro-choice supporters and anti-abortion advocates held separate rallies in downtown St. Petersburg on the 49th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. “Abortion should be legal. It should be accessible,” Progress Florida Reproductive Rights Program Director Amy Weintraub said.

On 49th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, pro-choice, pro-life advocates hold local protests
By Joe Roetz
WSVN South Florida
Advocates on both sides of the abortion issue took to the streets of South Florida on the 49th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision.

Roe v Wade Decision Recalled At Florida Capitol
Staff Report
WMFE Orlando
The 49th anniversary of the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision on abortion was marked across the country over the weekend. One of those observances took place in front of the Historic Florida Capitol.

Plan C, TBAF partner to host mobile billboard outreach event highlighting abortion pill access Saturday
By Kelly Hayes
Florida Politics
A coalition of abortion rights advocates are launching a mobile billboard set to travel around Tampa Bay Saturday — the 49th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling — in order to highlight the safety and effectiveness of medical abortion pills.

Abortion advocates rally behind 1973 abortion ruling
By Katya Guillaume
Bay New 9
It’s been 49 years since the Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in the United States. Now, with a proposed bill in Tallahassee banning certain abortions, The Tampa Bay Abortion Fund group is making sure that it doesn’t happen by spreading the word around Grand Central on Saturday.

Southern abortion funds that need your help
by Scalawag Team
Scalawag Magazine
As we await the summer Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the case out of Mississippi seeking to overturn Roe v. Wade, the best way to support reproductive justice is by giving our time and resources to on-the-ground providers and mutual-aid organizations across the South.

A Florida Judge Tried to Stop a Teen From Getting an Abortion—Because of Her GPA
Staff Report
A Florida appeals court last week overturned a trial judge’s rejection of a 17-year-old’s request to get an abortion without written parental consent.

How hard is it to get a court-approved abortion? For one teen, it came down to GPA
By Anne Branigin
Washington Post
The Florida case — in which the initial judge’s decision was overturned — is indicative of the murky process of judicial bypass, legal experts say.

‘Sufficiently mature’? Judge Stargel’s dissent in teen’s abortion petition draws attention
By Gary White
The Ledger
Abortion-rights proponents are criticizing a judge for citing the grade-point average and grammar of a 17-year-old girl in arguing that she be denied an abortion without parental approval.

Judge: Florida high-schooler’s ‘C’ average too low to let her have an abortion
By Frank Cerabino
Palm Beach Post
What sort of grade-point average do you need in a Florida high school to be eligible for an abortion?

From GPA to spelling errors, judge bends all logic in attempt to force teen to continue pregnancy
By Aysha Qamar
Daily Kos
Identified as “Jane Doe” in court papers, a teenage girl successfully appealed a ruling this week barring her from accessing a legal abortion. A Florida circuit judge attempted to block the 17-year-old from getting an abortion, citing her poor grades, which he believed showed a lack of maturity.

A Judge Tried To Deny a Teen Girl an Abortion Because of Her GPA
By Vivian Kane
The Mary Sue
A judge in Florida recently subjected a teenager to the latter. Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge Jared E. Smith tried to deny a 17-year-old girl named in court filings as “Jane Doe” access to abortion, arguing that her GPA was too low to show maturity—but apparently indicating she is mature enough to give birth.

Abortion raises concern about nonpartisan Naples council election
By Karl Schneider
Naples Daily News
As the election for Naples City Council draws near, candidate favor nonpartisan issues, say abortion is not a city issue.

5 things to watch as abortion rights fight reaches peak in 2022
By Katie Kindelanvia
ABC News
This year marks the 49th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that made abortion a federally protected right in the United States.

The whole world is watching for Biden’s plan to protect abortion rights
By Anu Kumar and Akila Radhakrishnan
The Hill
The first year of Joe Biden’s presidency came to a close just days before the 49th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade, which has served as the foundation for Americans’ right to abortion ever since. Yet, it could be the last anniversary we ever celebrate.

What Happens to Women Who Are Denied Abortion? Here Are the Stats
By Jenny Singer
What happens to women who are denied abortion? The Turnaway Study, which followed nearly 1,000 women over five years, found that abortion does not harm women, and that women who are refused abortion have worse outcomes in the long run, in terms of health, financial stability, and the safety of their children.

White nationalists are flocking to the US anti-abortion movement
By Moira Donegan
The Guardian
This weekend’s March for Life rally, the large anti-choice demonstration held annually in Washington DC to mark the anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision, has the exuberant quality of a victory lap.

The Future of the Abortion Fight Is Black Women
By Imani Gandy
“Number one, it’d be great if the people who have the money and the power would listen less to their internal feelings and thoughts and more to the people doing the work on the ground.

A New Generation Braces For The Horrors Of Overturning Roe
By Val Arkoosh and Olivia Harbison
Ms. Magazine
As mother and daughter, we have had countless conversations—from the easy ones like how to do laundry or make Aunt Suzanne’s sweet potato recipe, to the more challenging ones like where to attend college and what to major in.

Democrats Voted, and It Didn’t Save Abortion. What Now?
By Caitlin Cruz and Kylie Cheung
Abortion is a constitutionally protected right. That was the promise the Supreme Court made to Americans in 1973.

How Anti-Choice Pregnancy Centers Spread the Abortion ‘Reversal’ Myth
By Laura Rose
Over the past decade, medication abortion, commonly known as the abortion pill, has been rightly heralded as a pathway to expanding abortion access across the world.