Reproductive Rights News Roundup

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Vote like your life depends on it — because it does
By Susan Bottcher
Independent Alligator
If you have a uterus, or care about someone who does, please read this.

Democrats need women voting Nov. 8
By Bill Cotterell
Tallahassee Democrat
With most of the usual political trends running against it, the Florida Democratic Party is making a strong pitch to women voters in hopes of salvaging what’s left of the party’s power in the state Senate.

Karla Hernández suggests Charlie Crist’s pro-choice position may have limits
By A.G. Gancarski
Florida Politics
Charlie Crist would like to eliminate restrictions on abortion, but questions remain about how far he would go.

Teens’ interest in birth control rises: High court’s ruling on Roe results in a flurry of action
By Heather Hollingsworth and Arleigh Rodgers
Sun Sentinel
“I’m definitely not ready to be pregnant,” said Abreu, who had Nexplanon — a reversible, matchstick-sized contraceptive — implanted in her arm in August. Her home state of Florida bans most abortions after 15 weeks, and not having that option is “such a scary thought,” she said.

Voters not happy with the Florida Supreme Court can have their say in November
By Janet Scherberger
WMNF Tampa Bay
In the wake of the Dobbs ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which overturned Roe. v. Wade and put decisions about a woman’s right to choose in the hands of states, women and Democrats around the country have pledged to “remember in Rovember” and cast their votes for candidates who will uphold abortion rights. In four states, voters will decide on ballot initiatives to either protect or prohibit the right to choose.

‘Abortion absolutely is healthcare’: U.S. House panel told as GOP pursues nationwide ban
By John Micek
Florida Phoenix
A nationwide abortion ban would widen disparities in healthcare and drive up the maternal mortality rate, particularly among Black women, physicians and advocates told a U.S. House panel on Thursday.

New California abortion laws set up clash with other states
By Adam Beam
Associated Press
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed more than a dozen new abortion laws Tuesday, including some that deliberately clash with restrictions in other states — a sign of the coming conflicts that must be sorted out as lawmakers rush to set their own rules now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned.

After Roe, teens and their parents flock to long-term birth control: ‘I don’t have room to play. We have got to get my child on something.’
By Heather Hollingsworth and Arleigh Rodgers
Sixteen-year-old Adismarys Abreu had been discussing a long-lasting birth control implant with her mother for about a year as a potential solution to increasing menstrual pain.

How Overturning ‘Roe’ Affects College Students From Anti-Abortion States
By Aleksandra Goldbert
After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, abortion rights supporters turned out in droves to protest the loss of the constitutional right—especially young people.

Post-‘Roe,’ Abortion Bans Will Increase the Separation of Black and Brown Families
By Thalia Charles
“If you’re so pro-life, why don’t you care about the 400,000 kids in foster care?”

In response to Dobbs, abortion-rights activists turn to state constitutions
By Marty Schladen
Ohio Capital Journal
On June 24, the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it couldn’t find protections in the federal Constitution of a woman’s right to abortion and in the process it overturned nearly a half-century of decided law.

South Carolina lawmakers won’t pass stricter abortion laws
By Jeffrey Collins
Associated Press
Abortion laws in South Carolina almost certainly won’t get more restrictive, after Republicans in the General Assembly could not agree on a total ban on the procedure during a special legislative session Tuesday.

States see record abortion questions on midterm ballots
By Sandhya Raman
Roll Call
Voters in five states will have the chance to weigh in on abortion policy changes this November following the rejection of a Kansas ballot measure that sought to end a state right to abortion.

Patients face barriers to routine care as doctors warn of ripple effects from broad abortion bans
By Alice Miranda Ollstein and Daniel Payne
Patients seeking drugs to treat everything from arthritis to acne at Walgreens and CVS pharmacies in the dozen-plus states with near-total abortion bans must show extra documentation to prove that they’re not using the drugs to end a pregnancy, the companies confirmed to POLITICO. Those who can’t are, in some cases, being turned away.