Reproductive Rights News Roundup

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Florida Constitution shields abortion rights — but might not for much longer
By Michael Moline
Florida Phoenix
The Florida Supreme Court’s embrace of abortion rights was sweeping, extending not only to adults but also to minors who feared abuse at the hands of parents or guardians should they reveal that they were pregnant.

Florida’s new abortion ban will likely face a lawsuit citing a constitutional right to privacy
By Cathy Carter
WUSF Tampa
If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe V. Wade, federal protection for the right to an abortion will end and it will be up to individual states to determine whether the procedure is lawful.

Florida could become a ‘haven state’ for those seeking abortions if Roe v. Wade falls
By Jane Musgrave
Palm Beach Post
When Alexandra Mandado stopped at a clinic in Jacksonville last week, she got a glimpse at the floodgates that could open in Florida if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the 49-year-old landmark decision that legalized abortion.

Hundreds to thousands of demonstrators protest against abortion bans Saturday, including Floridians
By Diane Rado
Florida Phoenix
With a potential U.S. Supreme Court ruling looming on the fate of the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion case, hundreds of demonstrators in Florida’s capital chanted, sang, held signs and marched around the state Capitol complex area on Saturday, including at the Florida Supreme Court building.

Florida Capitol demonstration one of many nationwide in support of reproductive choice
By Tom Flanigan
WFSU Tallahassee
Demonstrations favoring abortion rights took place across the nation on Saturday. One of these happened in front of the Historic Florida Capitol.

Bans Off Our Bodies rally draws thousands, including candidates, to Miami-Dade park
By Howard Cohen and Matias Ocner
Miami Herald
A couple thousand people demonstrated at Ives Estates Park in North Miami-Dade on Saturday to protest the Supreme Court’s possible reversal of Roe v. Wade.

Abortion-rights rally draws hundreds in Delray Beach
By Chris Perkins
South Florida Sun Sentinel
As abortion-rights activists lined Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, holding signs and chanting, passersby honked their horns and waved their arms in approval.

In Tampa and across the U.S., rallying to support abortion rights
Staff Report
Associated Press via Tampa Bay Times
Abortion rights supporters demonstrating at hundreds of marches and rallies Saturday expressed their outrage that the Supreme Court appears prepared to scrap the constitutional right to abortion that has endured for nearly a half-century and their fear about what that could mean for women’s reproductive choices.’

Photos: Tampa’s massive ‘Bans Off Our Bodies’ rally brought hundreds of abortion advocates to downtown last weekend
By Colin Wolf
Creative Loafing Tampa Bay
Hundreds of Tampa abortion advocates joined multiple cities around the country last last Saturday, holding a massive “Bans off our Bodies” rally at downtown’s Joe Chillura Courthouse.

At West Palm Beach abortion rights rally, attendees remember, imagine a world without Roe V. Wade
By Antigone Barton
Palm Beach Post
The crowd of about 1,200 people who gathered at the Meyer Amphitheater for the area’s Bans Off Our Bodies rally Saturday came in groups three generations strong, grandparents and parents, men and women and babies.

Hundreds march, rally in support of abortion rights
By Javon L. Harris
Gainesville Sun
Pro-abortion supporters chanted as they streamed down University Avenue Saturday morning as a steady flow of cars honked in solidarity during a “Bans Off Our Bodies” protest organized by Planned Parenthood.

Crowds march in Sarasota in support of Roe v. Wade
By Harry Sayer
Suzanne Weinstein and her friends remembers life before Roe — she says they don’t feel like they were the good ol’ days.

‘Pro-women, pro-child, pro-choice:’ Hundreds rally for abortion rights in The Villages
By Paul Ryan
Leesburg Daily Commercial
Amid a crowd of around 300 people, seven women garbed in bright red cloaks gathered and marched, heads bowed, around the gazebo in Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages.

Florida Republicans are hypocrites, claiming to be ‘pro-life’ — until the baby is born
By Frederica Wilson
Miami Herald
Nearly 50 years ago, the Roe v. Wade decision gave women across the country the ability to make safer and more informed decisions about their reproductive healthcare.

Support for abortion rights hits new high in NBC News poll
By Rachel Scully
The Hill
More than 60 percent of Americans oppose the prospect of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade as support for abortion rights reaches a new record high, according to a new NBC News poll.

Where does Florida stand on abortion? Ban after 15 weeks of pregnancy likely to face challenge in court
By Thomas Mates
WKMG Orlando
While the nation is waiting to see what the U.S. Supreme Court’s final decision will be in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which could result in the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the state of Florida has taken the proactive move of passing new restrictions on abortion.

Ask Justice Alito: How much sway do female lawmakers really have in the abortion fight?
By Danielle J. Brown
Florida Phoenix
It’s been two weeks since a 98-page leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion spelled near-certain death for federal protections of abortion access across the nation.

Here’s How Philanthropy Can Protect Access to Abortion in a Post-‘Roe v. Wade’ World
By Jonathan Wittenberg and Wendy Sealey
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Last week’s leaked draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade represents the culmination of a decades-long effort by abortion opponents to systematically dismantle access to reproductive health care.

How medication abortion works and what the end of Roe v. Wade could mean for it
By Laurel Wamsley
Roe v. Wade could soon be overturned — meaning abortion is “certain or likely” to be banned in 26 states, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.