Reproductive Rights News Roundup

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DeSantis vows to continue legal fight to appeal judge’s ruling on abortion ban
By Anika Hope
WESH Orlando
Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference Thursday afternoon in Sanford where he briefly addressed a judge’s ruling that found Florida’s 15-week abortion ban unconstitutional.

Aftermath of Roe v. Wade ruling: ‘Millions, millions will suffer because of this setback’
Floridians rally for abortion rights but ‘the struggle never ends’

By Diane Rado and Danielle J. Brown
Florida Phoenix
Related: FL Planned Parenthood braces for surge in out-of-state patients following Roe v. Wade ruling
Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion, protesters rallied Friday evening to support abortion rights and try to figure out what to do about the dramatic change in the abortion landscape.

Hundreds rally at abortion rights protests across Florida after overturn of Roe v. Wade
Staff Report
USA Today Network-Florida
Across the state, crowds of people with signs that read “Bans Off Our Bodies” and “We Won’t Go Back,” chanted refrains of “my body, my choice,” giving voice to their anger, shock and fear. In 24 cities across Florida, including Miami, Orlando, Gainesville, Pensacola, Naples and West Palm Beach, protestors gathered at courthouses and in public parks to denounce the Supreme Court’s landmark decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

Judge will soon decide whether to block Florida’s 15-week abortion ban
By Arek Sarkissian
The contentious debate over reproductive rights in America was on full display in a Tallahassee courtroom on Monday, where experts on both sides of the fight testified in a case challenging Florida’s recently passed 15 week ban on abortions.

Planned Parenthood is rushing to perform abortions before Florida’s 15-week ban
By Caroline Catherman
Orlando Sentinel
With less than a week until Florida’s 15-week abortion cutoff is set to take effect, Planned Parenthood clinics are scrambling to provide abortions to desperate women at or past 15 weeks of pregnancy while also fielding calls from patients who are concerned about what the fall of Roe v. Wade means for their future.

Millions fled to South Florida seeking freedom. For some, the end of Roe feels like betrayal
By Kate Payne, Gerard Albert III and Yvonne Bertucci zum Tobel
WLRN Miami
For generations, South Florida has been a place where people have come to escape undemocratic governments and to seek freedom and equality.

Miami nurse: Roe decision will hit poor women, women of color. It’s a call to action
By Martha Baker
Miami Herald
The unthinkable has happened. The United States Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, denouncing 50 years of precedent, stripping away a women’s fundamental right to choose and granting the legal status of abortion to the states.

This surpassed surgery as the most common abortion method. Could Florida seek to ban it?
By Daniel Chang
Miami Herald
At the East Cypress Women’s Center, an abortion provider in Fort Lauderdale, the phones have been ringing non-stop since Friday’s Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

U.S. Senate Democrats urge ‘bold action’ by Biden on abortion rights
By Jacob Fischler
Florida Phoenix
Most of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate have signed on to a letter to President Joe Biden pressing him to “take immediate action” to protect abortion rights, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

Providers argue Florida’s privacy measure protects abortion
Staff Report
Associated Press
A state court is being asked to block a new Florida law which bans most abortions after 15 weeks just days after a conservative U.S. Supreme Court majority overturned a landmark case that had provided constitutional protections for women seeking abortions for almost 50 years.

Why Florida isn’t losing the right to an abortion … yet
By Kirby Wilson and Lauren Peace
Tampa Bay Times
While the overturn of Roe v. Wade dramatically alters the landscape of abortion rights nationally, in Florida, the decision has no immediate effect on the legality of abortion.

Florida emerges as key battleground in state-by-state abortion fight
By Tim Craig
Washington Post
The U.S. Supreme Court’s abortion decision is expected to make Florida an epicenter of the state-by-state fight over the issue in the coming months, raising the stakes for abortion rights advocates in the November election and complicating Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) efforts to manage both his statewide and national political fortunes.

In Florida, both sides in abortion fight wait to see how far DeSantis will go
By Steve Contorno
As Republicans across the country move swiftly to restrict abortion access in their states after last week’s US Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has so far shown little desire to match their urgency.

After Supreme Court ends Roe v. Wade, fears in Florida that same-sex marriage is next
By Douglas Hanks
Miami Herald
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion has raised alarms in Florida that same-sex marriage could be struck down next in a state where the constitution still has language defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Florida lawmakers, organizations react to Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade
Staff Report
WFTS Tampa Bay
Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday, Florida lawmakers and organizations began sharing their reactions.

Florida GOP leaders stop short of calling for full ban on abortion
By Jeffrey Schweers and Skyler Swisher
Orlando Sentinel
Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and legislative leaders praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Friday that overturned a woman’s right to abortion but stopped short of calling for a special session to ban it entirely.

GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis reacts to U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on overturning Roe v. Wade
By Diane Rado
Florida Phoenix
Related: Will FL have a special session on abortion? The state already has a 15-week ban effective July 1
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who recently signed a 15-week abortion ban in Florida, responded Friday to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1973.

Anna Eskamani dares Republicans to call Special Session on abortion
By Scott Powers
Florida Politics
Saying that Florida voters have “been clear” that they support abortion rights, Democratic Rep. Anna V. Eskamani Friday mocked Republicans for considering hardline abortion bans.

Charlie Crist calls for impeachment of Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh after abortion decision
By A.G. Gancarski
Florida Politics
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist is calling for the impeachment of two sitting U.S. Supreme Court Justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, for misrepresenting their position that 1973’s Roe v. Wade case was settled law.

After Roe: Dems challenge GOP to show they care for mothers
By Josh Boak
Associated Press
The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade’s constitutional protections for abortion rights set off a contest between Democrats and Republicans going into the midterm elections over whose policies would do more to help vulnerable mothers and children.

Despite end of Roe v. Wade, a Hialeah abortion clinic is packed as usual. But for how long?
By Ana Claudia Chacin
Miami Herald
She was scrolling through Instagram Friday morning when she stumbled on the news, just an hour before she planned to drive to Hialeah to start the process to terminate an unexpected pregnancy.

Roe v. Wade Reversal Brings Increased Interest in Abortion Doula Training
By Alex DeLuca
Miami New Times
Following the Supreme Court’s June 24 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which reversed the high court’s landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion-access decision, many Americans have been contemplating how to turn their anger into action.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers Facing Backlash Over High Taxpayer Costs, Medical Misinformation
By Cynthia McFadden
NBC News
“Crisis pregnancy centers” can be found across the nation, but what exactly do they do?

In Florida, Critics Say Pregnancy is Only Option for GOP Leaders
By Trimmel Gomes
Abortion rights proponents are warning that most Republican leaders in Florida are set on ensuring that pregnancy is the only option, after the governor recently vetoed funding for birth control.

U.S. HHS chief vows to protect abortion access, but says much depends on states
By Jacob Fischler
Florida Phoenix
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra pledged Tuesday to work to preserve abortion access in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s “despicable” decision overturning Roe v. Wade — though the department’s specific actions will depend on how states seeking to limit abortion access proceed.

Dark Money Fuels the Anti-Abortion Movement’s Push to Control State Legislatures
By Julia Peck, Evan Vorpahl & Alyssa Bowen
The day before the Supreme Court handed down the devastating Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision that overturned Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood of Pennsylvania, members of the extremist anti-abortion group Students for Life of America flooded into Washington, D.C

Abortion Patients Were Turned Away As Roe v. Wade Was Overturned
By Chabeli Carrazana
Teen Vogue
Patients were in the lobby, waiting, the moment it became a post-Roe America.

Clinics scramble to divert patients as states ban abortion
By Heather Hollingsworth and Lindsey Tanner
Associated Press
They call her, desperate, scared and often broke. Some are rape and domestic violence victims. Others are new mothers, still breastfeeding infants. Another pregnancy so soon, they say, is something they just can’t handle.

Abortion ruling sows sharper political divisions on path forward in South Florida
By Bianca Padro Ocasio
Miami Herald
A who’s who of South Florida Republicans and conservative activists filled a hotel ballroom that was brimming with unapologetic pride the morning after the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that gave women the legal right to have an abortion.

‘We’re coming for U’: Winter Haven pregnancy center vandalized with graffiti
By Gary White
The Ledger
Operators of local pregnancy care centers worried they might become targets following Friday’s announcement that the U.S. Supreme Court had nullified the Roe v. Wade ruling.

Abortion Pills Take the Spotlight as States Impose Abortion Bans
By Pam Belluck
New York Times
In the hours after the Supreme Court released its decision overturning the legal right to abortion in the United States, nearly 100 requests for appointments flowed into Just the Pill, a nonprofit organization that arranges for patients to obtain abortion pills in several states.

Where do Tampa Bay employers stand on Roe v. Wade? Most won’t say.
By Jay Cridlin
Tampa Bay Times
Within hours of the Supreme Court’s decision Friday to strike down Roe v. Wade, the Walt Disney Co. announced it would help pay for employees facing “pregnancy-related decisions” to travel to areas where they could get an abortion.

Disney offers ‘travel benefit’ for employees seeking an abortion
By Jay Cridlin
Tampa Bay Times
The Walt Disney Co., which employs some 80,000 people at its theme parks and other operations in Florida, said it will offer employees a “travel benefit” to cover costs related to seeking an abortion.

Privacy wins, for now, in Florida abortion case. But minority rule is far from over
Miami Herald
A Florida judge on Thursday said he’ll block the new law imposing a 15-week abortion ban. It’s a victory, however temporary, for privacy rights and the state Constitution.