Reproductive Rights News Roundup

U.S. House Republicans push through two anti-abortion measures in first work week
By Jennifer Shutt
Florida Phoenix
Related AP story: Republicans push anti-abortion measures with new majority
The U.S. House on Wednesday approved its first abortion-related measures under a new Republican majority, eliciting strong support from GOP members and opposition from Democrats, who rejected the legislation as misleading and incomplete.

Rep. Frederica Wilson’s speech schools Republicans on abortion
By Ja’han Jones
The process has become routine at this point. Republicans push forward with an archaic anti-abortion measure that could hurt millions of pregnant people. Then, people selflessly share their personal experiences with pregnancy and abortion to stress the importance of having access to the procedure — only for Republicans to move ahead with their plans anyway.

DeSantis ignores FDA medication abortion rule, threatening providers with criminal charges
By Laura Clawson
Daily Kos
The FDA finalized a rule last week allowing more pharmacies to dispense mifepristone, one of the two pills used in medication abortions, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis saw a chance to posture and bluster ahead of the 2024 Republican presidential primaries.

Abortion pills are coming to pharmacies, but not in Florida. Here’s why
By Joe Mario Pedersen
WMFE Orlando
Pharmaceutical companies, CVS and Walgreens, are applying for licenses to sell prescribed abortion medication, but the recent decision by the FDA to allow for the sales of abortion pills across the country won’t affect Florida pharmacies.

Florida patients will not benefit from FDA change allowing retail pharmacies to offer abortion pills
By Cathy Carter
WUSF Tampa
A majority of abortions in the United States are medically induced through a two-pill regimen that requires a prescription but does not involve surgery.

Lori Berman seeks to stop questions about student-athletes’ periods
By Anne Geggis
Florida Politics
Democratic Sen. Lori Berman is pledging to act so that female student athletes at the state’s public schools would no longer be asked about their menstrual histories when they register to play.

Six Months Post-Roe, 24 US States Have Banned Abortion or Are Likely to Do So: A Roundup
By Elizabeth Nash and Isabel Guarnieri
Guttmacher Institute
Since the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022, the legal landscape on abortion has shifted dramatically.

‘We want people to be uncomfortable’: The conservative plan to target pharmacies that dispense abortion pills
By Alice Miranda Ollstein and Lauren Gardner
Fresh off winning their decades-long battle to overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion-rights opponents are pinpointing their next targets: the nation’s biggest pharmacy chains.

Abortion pills in pharmacies are the future; FDA should do more to expand access
By Ushma D. Upadhyay
South Florida Sun Sentinel
On Jan. 3, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a first step toward making abortion pills available at retail pharmacies.

Their Hospital Didn’t Offer Abortions Pills in the ER. These Doctors Changed That.
By Garnet Henderson
When Dr. Andrea Henkel was training at Stanford Health Care, a patient visited the emergency room twice in one week for vomiting associated with early pregnancy.

Maxwell Alejandro Frost devotes first speech to defending abortion rights
By Jacob Ogles
Florida Politics
The youngest member of Congress has now given his first speech on the House floor.

Eight Ways State Policymakers Can Protect and Expand Abortion Rights and Access in 2023
By Elizabeth Nash and Isabel Guarnieri
Guttmacher Institute
Since the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022, policymakers at the state level have an even more critical role to play in shoring up and expanding abortion access and rights.

Here’s what you need to know about new workplace protections for pregnant, nursing workers
By Casey Quinlan
Florida Phoenix
The $1.7 trillion federal spending bill President Joe Biden signed last week ushers in expanded protections for workers who are pregnant or nursing.

Lactation rooms in courthouses? Members file bills to mandate the spaces next year
By Christine Jordan Sexton
Florida Politics
Florida courthouses would be required to have lactation spaces for members of the public to express breast milk or to breastfeed babies under a bill filed by Sen. Lori Berman.