Reproductive Rights News Roundup

A woman seeks an abortion in Florida, she gets a pamphlet containing false information
By Antigone Barton
Palm Beach Post
Related: Post-Roe, how Florida abortion laws (24-hour delay and 15-week abortion ban) affect emergency care
Related: ‘There’s a lot of fear.’ 2 abortion laws could spell more deaths, especially for Black women
In 2016, the Florida Department of Health produced “Fetal Development & Alternatives to Terminating a Pregnancy,” a pamphlet with depictions of stages of fetal development and information referring prospective abortion clients to Florida Pregnancy Support Services.

Abortion a top election issue for young Florida women
By Kathy Spillar
Fort Myers News-Press
Nationwide election surveys of voters continue to be reported as showing the economy is a top issue for all voters without much analysis on key audiences and the intensity of abortion and equal rights.

Charlie Crist sticks with abortion in closing argument. Some Democrats want him to shift.
By Zac Anderson
USA Today Network-Florida
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist kept his focus on abortion rights Monday, a strategy even some of his supporters are questioning, as he kicked off a statewide bus tour to deliver his closing argument in the final week of his campaign for governor.

Crist releases back-to-back digital ads on the abortion issue as the midterm election looms
By Isaac Morgan
Florida Phoenix
As Election Day approaches, gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist has released back-to-back digital ads on the abortion issue, one about Gov. Ron DeSantis signing into law Florida’s 15-week abortion ban and the second about whether DeSantis would push for more restrictions.

As Florida’s governor, Charlie Crist will restore a woman’s right to choose
By Karla Hernandez
Miami Herald
On Jan. 22, 1973, seven U.S. Supreme Court justices changed the trajectory of women’s rights in the United States with the Roe v. Wade ruling, giving every woman the right to choose what to do with their bodies.

Val Demings focuses on abortion in Tampa on stop supporting Janet Cruz
By Romy Ellenbogen
Tampa Bay Times
U.S. Rep. Val Demings stopped in Tampa on Wednesday to offer her political heft to embattled state Sen. Janet Cruz as both Democrats near the end of their competitive races.

Abortion access could hinge on state election results
By Gary D. Robertson and Geoff Mulvihill
Associated Press
The online commercials in a state Senate race in some Raleigh, North Carolina, suburbs make an ominous claim, similar to one repeated across the country ahead of the Nov. 8 election: The Republican candidate “wants to strip away our reproductive rights.”

Abortion rights are top of mind for some young Florida voters
By Stephanie Colombini
WUSF Tampa
Some voters in the greater Tampa Bay region say preserving abortion rights is their top priority this election season.

USF survey: FL voters less focused on abortion than on inflation and the economy
By Isaac Morgan
Florida Phoenix
With the general election one week away, a large number of Floridians report that inflation, the economy, or jobs “will have the most significant impact on how” they cast their ballots compared to other issues including abortion rights, a new public opinion survey has found.

Timeline of laws: Florida legalized abortion nearly a year before Roe v. Wade
By Antigone Barton
Palm Beach Post
Since the 1972  legalization of abortion in Florida, and a year later across the United States with Roe v. Wade, a series of laws have directly affected access to critical health services, including to terminate a pregnancy for women who are or could be pregnant.

How claims about a federal abortion ban are roiling one state as the midterms near
By Jennifer Shutt
Florida Phoenix
Voters in this swing state are among the relatively few Americans who will decide control of Congress during November’s midterm elections, shaping domestic and foreign policy for the next two years and delivering a verdict on Joe Biden’s presidency.

The New Abortion Landscape
By Emily Bazelon
New York Times
Just two years ago, about 250,000 people had abortions in the U.S. states where the procedure is now banned or severely restricted, or probably soon will be.

Travel time for abortions tripled and requests for pills soared, investigations into effects of Supreme Court ruling show
By Aria Bendix
NBC News
Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the federal right to abortion, the practice is now banned in 13 states and restricted in Arizona, Florida and Georgia.

Abortion Bans Are Barring People From Life-Saving Pregnancy Care
By Shefali Luthra
The 19th
Major medical groups say that the loss of federal abortion protections has diminished access to pregnancy care such as treatment for ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages.

A Surge of Overseas Abortion Pills Blunted the Effects of State Abortion Bans
By Aatish Bhatia, Claire Cain Miller and Margot Sanger-Katz
New York Times
As states banned or restricted abortion this summer, the number of American women ordering abortion pills from overseas jumped significantly — enough to offset most of the drop in legal abortions.

Overturning Roe Has Meant At Least 10,000 Fewer Legal Abortions
By Maggie Koerth and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
The same day the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, Alabama’s law banning abortion took effect. The next morning, phones began ringing in Georgia.

Abortion-rights protesters briefly interrupt Supreme Court
Staff Report
Associated Press
Protesters opposed to the Supreme Court’s decision overturning abortion rights briefly interrupted arguments at the court Wednesday and urged women to vote in next week’s elections.

Abortion Providers Protest at the Capitol: ‘Let Us Do Our Jobs’
By Susan Rinkunas
Sarah Valliere moved back to her home state of Texas earlier this year to provide abortions, and about a month later, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

The pilots flying passengers across US state lines for abortions
By Maya Yang
The Guardian
All Steven knew was what time and where. A part-time pilot from the Chicago area, he was picking up a total stranger in his single-engine plane, a passenger who needed to fly more than a thousand miles, across state lines, from the midwest to the east coast.

Four Months Without ‘Roe’
By Austen Risolvato
It’s been four months since the fall of Roe v. Wade, and abortion access isn’t guaranteed anywhere in this country. This is particularly true in the Southeast, where cascading abortion bans and ongoing legal battles have left patients little choice but to travel for care—if care is available at all.

Young Men Who Support Reproductive Justice Need to Get Out and Vote
By Jackson Katz
Ms. Magazine
This is for the men—of all ethnic, racial and religious identities—who say they support women’s rights and reproductive justice, and nod in agreement when women say “my body, my choice.”

How to protect personal health data like menstrual cycles
By Gennie Gebhart and Daly Barnett
Tampa Bay Times
Menstrual history questions on the Florida High School Athletic Association’s student athlete participation form have re-ignited a key concern in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade: How can we protect our personal health data?