Reproductive Rights News Roundup

Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Tallahassee Sunday to mark Roe v. Wade anniversary
By Douglas Soule and Jeff Burlew
Tallahassee Democrat
It’s official: Vice President Kamala Harris is visiting Tallahassee on Sunday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the now overturned Roe v. Wade.

Abortion rights activists will rally this weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade
By Cathy Carter
WUSF Tampa
Its been 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, guaranteeing a constitutional right to abortion, and seven months since the court’s now conservative majority struck that down.

Orlando rallies with cities around the country to march and mark the 50th anniversary of ‘Roe v. Wade’ this weekend
By McKenna Schueler
Orlando Weekly
It’s been nearly 50 years since the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision, guaranteeing the constitutional right to abortion in the United States … and seven months since the Supreme Court’s conservative majority struck that down.

House Dem Leader Fentrice Driskell vows abortion fight, chides Gov. DeSantis on ‘wedge issues’
By Gray Rohrer
Florida Politics
House Democratic Leader Fentrice Driskell of Tampa said her caucus would be ready to push back on any new restrictions on abortion pushed by Republicans this year, and criticized Gov. Ron DeSantis for pushing “wedge issues” while ignoring pocketbook issues that plague Floridians.

Florida agency warns pharmacists not to dispense abortion pills
By Cindy Krischer Goodman
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
With pharmacies in some states preparing to dispense abortion pills, Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration sent a letter Thursday to all state healthcare providers warning them that do so in Florida is illegal.

What a state email about abortion pills to all Florida medical providers could mean for the future
By Joe Mario Pedersen
WMFE Orlando
Florida’s health leaders are warning medical providers against using abortion medication, recently approved for commercial use by the Food and Drug Administration.

FDA’s abortion pill update has limited impact across the South
By Elisha Brown
Facing South
In the six months since the United States Supreme Court struck down the constitutional right to abortion, the Biden administration has taken cautious steps to affirm abortion access on a federal level.

Rite Aid to dispense abortion pill in a limited number of stores
Staff Report
Rite Aid Corp (RAD.N) plans to dispense abortion medication in a limited number of its pharmacies and will serve customers either in person or through mail delivery, the U.S. drugstore chain said on Thursday.

Florida HS sports association panel recommends making menstrual cycle questions mandatory
By Katherine Kokal
Palm Beach Post
A panel of the Florida High School Athletics Association voted Tuesday to recommend that the association’s board adopt a national sports registration form that makes mandatory questions for female athletes about when they got their first period, how many weeks they typically go between periods and the date of their most recent menstrual period.

Pensacola abortion clinic will not reopen after operator gives up license. What’s next?
By Jim Little
Pensacola News Journal
Northwest Florida’s sole abortion clinic has closed permanently after reaching a settlement with state regulators.

US Rep. Kat Cammack co-sponsors ‘Born Alive’ abortion bill
By Claire Grunewald
Independent Florida Alligator
Rep. Kat Cammack co-sponsored the “Born Alive” abortion bill, a piece of legislation that has sparked controversy among lawmakers and activists alike.

Ask Voters Directly, and Abortion Rights Wins Most Ballot Fights
By Julie Rovner
Kaiser Health News
This is shaping up as a critical year in the country’s battle over abortion rights, as both sides struggle to define a new status quo after the Supreme Court struck down the nearly half-century-old constitutional right last year.

The U.S. faces ‘unprecedented uncertainty’ regarding abortion law, legal scholar says
By Terry Gross
Roe author Mary Ziegler has chronicled the legal, political and cultural battles around abortion, and says the debate is far from over: “We’re at the very beginning of something very confusing.”

The 2023 State Legislative Sessions: The Next Abortion Battleground
By Erin Sutton, Richard Hughes IV, Virginia Wilson and Kathryn Finerty
Health Affairs
On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court of the Unites States released its opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey and upending nearly 50 years of precedent recognizing the constitutional right to abortion.

State Abortion Rulings Post-Dobbs Begin Defining Scope of Rights
By Mary Anne Pazanowski
Bloomberg Law
State top courts have begun weighing in on whether their laws provide greater protection for abortion rights than the federal constitution, with mixed results.

How It Took a Diverse Coalition to Truly Fight for Reproductive Freedom in America
By Felicia Kornbluh
Lit Hub
It was 1963, and Karen Stamm was unmarried, pregnant, eighteen years old, and eager for an abortion.

Beware of crisis pregnancy centers in post-Roe era
By Nedra Rhone
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A woman seeking help with an unintended pregnancy made an appointment at a crisis pregnancy center in Georgia hoping to understand her options.

Think twice about getting ‘natural’ birth control advice from influencers, study says
By Rebecca Ruiz
Emily Pfender enjoys following health and fitness social media influencers online. But the doctoral student, who studies health communication at the University of Delaware, couldn’t help noticing that some of those influencers kept bringing up a specific subject: discontinuing their hormonal birth control.

FBI offers $25,000 reward for information on attacks against reproductive health facilities
By Luke Barr
ABC News
The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in a series of attacks against reproductive health service facilities across the country.

3 abortions were performed in Texas in August — all for medical reasons
By Christopher Adams
KXAN Austin
Three abortions were reported in Texas in the month of August, state data shows, a 99.9% decrease from June’s total in the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Ohio coalition moves forward with plans for abortion ballot measure
By Susan Tebben
Ohio Capital Journal
A coalition of reproductive rights groups, along with the ACLU of Ohio say they plan to have a pro-abortion ballot initiative on the Ohio Attorney General’s desk by February.

Religious leaders sue to block Missouri’s abortion ban
By Jim Salter
Associated Press
A group of religious leaders who support abortion rights filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging Missouri’s abortion ban, saying lawmakers openly invoked their religious beliefs while drafting the measure and thereby imposed those beliefs on others who don’t share them.

Inequity in US Abortion Rights and Access: The End of Roe Is Deepening Existing Divides
By Liza Fuentes
Guttmacher Institute
Anti-abortion policymakers in the United States have continually crafted legal restrictions to ensure that abortion care is burdensome or impossible to obtain.