Reproductive Rights News Roundup

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

Planned Parenthood PAC spends six figures on digital attack on Ron DeSantis
By A.G. Gancarski
Florida Politics
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist is getting some timely support in his challenge to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Rights behind the headlines: Gov. DeSantis resorts to authoritarian tactics to impose his extremist views on Floridians’ right to abortion care
Staff Report
ACLU of Florida
Today, we’re unpacking Gov. DeSantis’ erosion of abortion rights in Florida by signing into law HB 5, a ban that restricts abortion after 15 weeks.

Email insights: In ‘DeSantis Country,’ female athletes report their menstruation history to the state
By A.G. Gancarski
Florida Politics
The Florida Democratic Party is taking issue with reporting that Florida schools require female athletes to report on their periods, pegging the practice to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Democrats look to keep abortion front and center ahead of November
By Alex Gangitano and Julia Manchester
The Hill
Democrats are seeking to keep abortion in the headlines ahead of the midterm elections in an effort to make it top of mind for voters as they seek to retain control of the House and Senate.

Democrats stake their House majority on abortion
By Ally Mutnick and Sarah Ferris
From rural Wisconsin Trump country to California’s heavily Catholic Central Valley, there’s almost no place where Democrats think an abortion rights-focused message won’t play — and they are betting their House majority on it.

Companies can’t support healthcare equity while backing Florida lawmakers who undermine it
By Jamarah Amani
Miami Herald
For Floridians, the overturning of Roe v. Wade was the second time this year that people in power sought to take away the most important decision most of us will ever make: whether or not to become a parent.

The states where the midterms will directly decide the future of abortion access
By Nicole Narea
Earlier this year, five people altered the landscape of reproductive rights in more than a dozen states across the country when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

State, abortion providers set to square off in court over fines from 24-hour waiting period violations
By Christine Jordan Sexton
Florida Politics
Florida health care regulators will go to court in the coming weeks to defend their move to hit three abortion clinics with a cumulative $237,000 in fines.

Florida asks student athletes about their periods. Why some find it ‘shocking’ post-Roe
By Katherine Kokal
Palm Beach Post
Seizures. Fainting spells. Allergies. Florida student athletes have to report all these medical conditions when they register to play for the season.

After Hillsborough voters removed him from the bench, Jared Smith seeks a DeSantis appointment
By Justin Garcia
Creative Loafing Tampa Bay
Voters didn’t want him on the bench, so now a former judge will ask Governor Ron DeSantis for a place in a different courtroom.

Tampa rock and roll duo Hovercar in lineup for this month’s ‘Free Abortion On Demand’ concert
By Ray Roa
Creative Loafing Tampa Bay
Tell Rhonda Santis to clutch her pearls because a bunch of Bay area bands are going to shill for abortions next week when the  Free Abortion On Demand Without Apology concert takes over Crowbar in Ybor City on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Biden, doctors say new abortion laws have chilling impact
By Nandita Bose
U.S. President Joe Biden and top White House officials announced new guidelines and grants to protect abortion and contraception rights on Tuesday, and said women’s rights have already been curtailed since the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade 100 days ago.

Changes to abortion laws mean OB-GYNs have less opportunities to learn procedure
By Katia Riddle
There are about 6,000 residents in the U.S. training to be OB-GYNs. The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has far-reaching implications for them.

100 Days Post-Roe: At Least 66 Clinics Across 15 US States Have Stopped Offering Abortion Care
Staff Report
Guttmacher Institute
October 2, 2022 marked 100 days since the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a decision that has resulted in states across the nation severely restricting access to abortion.

Florida Sen. Rick Scott says reports of Herschel Walker’s abortion are fabrications from the ‘smear machine’
By A.G. Gancarski
Florida Politics
The stretch run of the pivotal campaign for Senate in Georgia is here, and Republican Herschel Walker is buffeted by scandal.

Abortion is legal but under threat in Puerto Rico
By Maya Rosenberg
The day after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a representative in the Puerto Rican legislature introduced a bill punishing “the crime of abortion” with 99 years in jail.

Planned Parenthood mobile clinic will take abortion to red-state borders
By Sarah McCammon
With a growing number of patients in states that now prohibit abortion traveling for the procedure, Planned Parenthood says it will soon open its first mobile abortion clinic in the country, in southern Illinois.

‘What century are we in?’ Biden asks of University of Idaho ban on abortion counseling
By Jacob Fischler
Florida Phoenix
The federal law prohibiting sex discrimination also bars colleges and universities from denying counseling and other services to abortion patients and contraception to all students—even in states where abortion is now severely restricted, the U.S. Education Department said Tuesday.

An Illegitimate Supreme Court Returns—and This Term Will Be Worse
By Jessica Mason Pieklo
It’s hard to imagine a Supreme Court term worse than last year’s, when the Court’s conservative wing overturned Roe v. Wade—and a number of other settled precedents—just because they could.

Supreme Court’s approval sinks to historic lows 100 days after abortion decision
By Nathaniel Weixel and Amie Parnes
The Hill
One hundred days after the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade and ended the constitutional right to an abortion, public approval of the court has dropped to historic lows as it prepares to open its new term on Monday.

Have you been impacted by the overturn of Roe v. Wade?
By the Editorial Board
Independent Florida Alligator
As The Alligator gets ready to launch a forthcoming project on the local impact of Roe v. Wade’s reversal, we’re asking for your help. Students and Gainesville residents, we want to hear from you.