Reproductive Rights News Roundup

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At Least Two Young Victims Of Incest Were Denied Abortions In Florida And Forced To Travel For Care, Planned Parenthood Said
By Anna Betts
BuzzFeed News
At least two children who were victims of incest have been denied abortions in Florida since the state instituted its 15-week ban in July, the local Planned Parenthood chapter told BuzzFeed News.

Abortion rights advocates urge Florida voters to reject all but one of the state Supreme Court justices on the ballot
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, abortion rights advocates are urging Florida voters to reject all but one of the state Supreme Court justices on the ballot this year.

Charlie Crist tries to focus governor’s race on abortion rights
By John Kennedy
Capital Bureau USA Today Network-Florida
With the Florida governor’s race largely sidetracked by Hurricane Ian and its aftermath, Democrat Charlie Crist is trying to repivot the focus of voters toward abortion rights, which he says are threatened by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Charlie Crist’s gubernatorial campaign to pull out all the stops with abortion rights message
By Anne Geggis
Florida Politics
Democrat Charlie Crist’s campaign for Governor has been outmatched in fundraising, is decidedly underwater in the polls and met with a Cat 4 storm that’s scrambled his itinerary and drowned out his message.

Crist rallies pro-choice voting at campaign stop in West Palm Beach
By Stephany Matat
Palm Beach Post
With four weeks to go before votes are counted, gubernatorial challenger Charlie Crist championed an abortion rights pledge on Tuesday evening in Democratic vote-rich Palm Beach County.

Rabbi, co-plaintiffs suing state over abortion law demand judge’s removal
By Jesse Scheckner
Florida Politics
A progressive South Florida rabbi and co-plaintiffs suing Florida over the state’s new ban on most abortions after 15 weeks called for the judge overseeing the case to be removed for “bias” and “trivialization of women’s rights and religious freedom.”

Abortion Ruling Spurs Florida Voter Registration
By Bea Lunardini
Florida Political Review
The Supreme Court’s reversal of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision sent a shock through the nation earlier this year.

Orlando rallied for abortion rights at downtown Bans Off My Body protest
By Matt Keller Lehman
Orlando Weekly
Orlando came out in force to continue protests against the ongoing rollback of reproductive rights in the US.

Abortion rights advocates eye ballot measures for 2024
By Rachel Roubein
Washington Post
Abortion rights advocates are exploring ballot measures to enshrine access to the procedure into state constitutions in 2024, including in a handful of Republican-led states with restrictions on the books.

An Abortion Ban With Unexpected Consequences for Older Mothers
By Roni Caryn Rabin
New York Times
When Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, proposed a national ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, the bill sparked controversy across the political spectrum.

DeSantis Fired Him Over Abortion. Now He’s Firing Back.
By Jose Pagliery
The Daily Beast
When Florida’s Republican governor fired the Tampa area’s top prosecutor for defying the state’s transgender and abortion crackdown, Ron DeSantis made it clear that he believes his power as governor supersedes the power of voters.

Misinformation about abortion targets Spanish speakers, galvanizing Latino voters
By Maria Godoy
Groups that track the flow of disinformation say they’ve seen a new trend in recent months – an increase in false messages about abortion, specifically targeting Spanish-speaking voters.

Florida sports association to reconsider menstrual questions for high school athletes
By Katherine Kokal
Palm Beach Post
The Florida High School Athletic Association will reconsider questions about menstrual history on its physical form for student athletes after a Palm Beach Post story prompted intense reaction from athletes, parents and physicians.

Abortion issue angers audience at Key West candidate forum
Staff Report
Keys Weekly
Gun control. Immigration. Economics. Politics. And oh yes, abortion. All the off-limits topics at the dinner table were on the table at a candidate debate Oct. 3 in Key West.

Clinics offer free vasectomies, citing a surge in demand
By Heather Hollingsworth
Associated Press
Denny Dalliance had long worried about what would happen if he fathered a child because his job as a truck driver keeps him away from home most of the week.