Reproductive Rights News Roundup

Views differ on Florida’s 6-week abortion ban but supporters, critics both eye what’s next
By Britt Kennerly
Florida Today
They hold very different views on abortion but each one was motivated by the moment when Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the Heartbeat Protection Act into law.

In response to new law, national nonprofit promotes abortion pills by mail to Florida women
By Cindy Krischer Goodman
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
A national nonprofit is responding to Florida’s recent approval of a six-week abortion ban with a media campaign to tell people in the state they can still get abortion pills by mail well past that time frame.

South Florida Congresswoman: Supreme Court’s Ruling on Mifepristone’s Availability ‘Right Decision’
Staff Report
NBC Miami
A member of the South Florida’s Congressional delegation is applauding the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday that ordered the abortion pill mifepristone to remain broadly available as litigation plays out in a lower court.

Florida’s conservative chief justice once affirmed abortion protections
By Beth Reinhard and Caroline Kitchener
Washington Post
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a strict abortion ban hours after it overwhelmingly passed the Republican-led legislature this month — yet whether the law can take effect hinges on a case before the state Supreme Court.

Florida’s 6-week abortion ban: When do women learn they’re pregnant?
By Christopher O’Donnell
Tampa Bay Times
Once a destination for women seeking an abortion, Florida now has one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that bans most procedures after six weeks of pregnancy.

What Florida’s Six-Week Abortion Ban Means for Residents and Out-of-State Patients
By Elizabeth Djinis
Sarasota Magazine
It took about a year for Florida to go from having one of the least restrictive abortion policies in the United States to having one of the most restrictive.

The Anti-Abortion Messages Haunting Florida’s Highways
By Damon Winter
New York Times
There was no fanfare, no live broadcast, no backdrop of uniformed schoolchildren to cheer him on.

The Impending Disaster of Florida’s 6-Week Abortion Ban
By Andrea González-Ramírez
The Cut
Today, if a pregnant person in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, or eastern Texas needs an abortion for any reason, they’re probably gaming out how to get to Florida.

Our own right to life: Why abortion bans threaten Black maternal health
By Melanie Andrade Williams and Jamarah Amani
Tallahassee Democrat
Last week marked the conclusion of Black Maternal Health Week, an annual, week-long campaign started six years ago by reproductive and birth justice advocates to lift Black voices and challenge leaders to address unjust racial disparities in maternal health outcomes.

The six-week abortion ban’s ‘Rape note’ is Florida’s latest insult to survivors like me
By Melissa A. Sullivan
South Florida Sun Sentinel
As a teenager in Davie, I dreamt about moving to Washington, D.C., and pursuing a political career.

Florida’s six-week abortion ban violates my Catholic values
By Gloria Romero Roses
South Florida Sun Sentinel
When I was a young woman growing up in Colombia, my mother, a nurse, would often share heartbreaking stories about caring for women who were completely powerless over their own lives.

Mike Pence applauds Florida’s 6-week abortion ban
By A.G. Gancarski
Florida Politics
A former Vice President of the United States feels the “heartbeat” when it comes to Florida’s six-week abortion ban.

Abortion access in Georgia in uncertain state; Ga., Fla., D.C. courts weigh bans
By Ross Williams
Georgia Recorder
Abortion rights activists notched a short-term victory Friday when the U.S. Supreme Court decided to continue to allow access to the abortion drug mifepristone as a lawsuit over its approval continues, but Georgians on both sides of the issue expect the uncertain situation to continue to evolve.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost jumps into Florida abortion fight
By Marty Schladen
States Newsroom
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and 14 other attorneys general are arguing in federal court that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was within his powers when he removed a local prosecutor who had spoken out against the state’s restrictive new abortion law.


Supreme Court preserves access to abortion pill for now
By Mark Sherman
Associated Press
Related: What’s next for abortion pill after Supreme Court’s order
The Supreme Court on Friday preserved women’s access to a drug used in the most common method of abortion, rejecting lower-court restrictions while a lawsuit continues.

After SCOTUS ruling, disappointed abortion foes vow to keep attacking abortion pill
By Sofia Resnick
Florida Phoenix
Though the U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily blocked an effective ban on medication abortion, anti-abortion groups are not giving up on trying to fast-track a national abortion ban.

Trump defends his efforts to combat abortion
By David Cohen
Former President Donald Trump on Saturday defended his efforts to limit abortion in a video address to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Abortion-rights attorneys help patients and providers navigate legal chaos
By Sofia Resnick
Florida Phoenix
These days Kylee Sunderlin is often the first person people will talk to about needing or wanting to terminate a pregnancy, even though she’s not a nurse or doctor or a loved one. She’s a lawyer.

U.S. Senate Democrats denounce post-Dobbs landscape of state abortion bans, restrictions
By Ariana Figueroa
States Newsroom
U.S. Senate Democrats at a Wednesday hearing explored how nearly a year after the Supreme Court struck down the constitutional right to an abortion, multiple states and conservative-backed lawsuits are restricting access to reproductive care.

Murray and Schrier seek to protect abortion doctors in blue states
By Melissa Santos
Members of Washington’s congressional delegation are trying to protect doctors in blue states from legal action if they perform abortions on people who cross state lines for the procedure.

Republican Nancy Mace Warns GOP On Abortion: ‘We’re Going To Lose Huge’ In 2024
By Lee Moran
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) on Sunday warned the GOP will face “huge” losses in the 2024 elections if her fellow Republican lawmakers don’t rein in their anti-abortion extremism.

How the latest U.S. abortion pill attacks may have ripple effects in Canada
By Saba Aziz
Global News
The escalation of attacks on access to abortion in the United States since the fall of Roe v. Wade last year should “spur” Canada to get its own house in order to provide safe and stable access, experts warn.

This clinic is making emergency contraception easier to access in Mississippi
By Devna Bose
Mississippi Today
There’s a truck parked in the gravel lot of Greenwood Community Center, muddy from a recent spring shower.

Out-of-state travelers driving up SC abortion cases as neighboring states pass bans
By Joseph Bustos
The State
Abortion cases are on the rise in South Carolina due in large part to out-of-state travelers as legislatures across the Southeast pass more restrictive bans.

South Carolina Senate again rejects near-total abortion ban
By James Pollard
Associated Press
South Carolina senators rejected a bill that would have banned nearly all abortions in a conservative state that has increasingly served patients across a region where Republican officials have otherwise curtailed access.

Anti-abortion legal strategy revives Comstock moral purity laws of late 1800s
By Elisha Brown
Florida Phoenix
When officials in a small New Mexico city sued the governor and attorney general over their ordinance placing restrictions on abortion clinics earlier this month, they argued that a late 19th century federal anti-obscenity law superseded state law.

Pregnancies in the United States by Desire for Pregnancy: Estimates for 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015
By Kathryn Kost, Mia R. Zolna and Rachel Murro
Guttmacher Institute
We examine whether changes in U.S. pregnancy, birth, and abortion rates between 2009 and 2015 reflect underlying change in the incidence of pregnancies classified by retrospectively reported pregnancy desires: pregnancies reported as having occurred at about the right time, later than wanted, too soon, or not wanted at all, and those for which individuals expressed other feelings, including uncertainty, ambivalence, or indifference.