Reproductive Rights News Roundup

Abortion rights groups take on DeSantis and his six-week ban
By Sally Goldenberg and Megan Messerly
Planned Parenthood is launching an effort to put abortion on the Florida ballot next year — setting the stage for a high-profile battle with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis as he prepares to run for president.

6 things to know about the case that will decide the future of abortion in Florida
By Romy Ellenbogen
Tampa Bay Times
Florida’s six-week abortion ban is in limbo. Its future depends on the conservative Florida Supreme Court and how the justices rule in an ongoing challenge over the state’s current law banning most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

What’s changed with public opinion on abortion since Roe was overturned?
By Louis Jacobson
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on June 24, 2022, to overturn Roe v. Wade was an earthquake for abortion policy. But did the tremors shake public opinion?

Because of Florida abortion laws, she carried her baby to term knowing he would die
By Elizabeth Cohen, Carma Hassan and Amanda Musa
A Florida woman, unable to get an abortion in her state, carried to term a baby who had no kidneys.

She was pregnant and had to find $15,000 overnight to save her twins
By Renuka Rayasam
Kaiser Health News
It was Labor Day weekend 2021 when Sara Walsh, who was 24 weeks pregnant with twins, began to experience severe lower back pain.

Vagina Bible Author Shares Florida CVS Refusal to Fill Prescription for Pill Linked to Abortion
By Tom Finkel
Miami New Times
Most of the time, Dr. Jen Gunter supplies answers, not questions.

‘Ava’s Law’ wins House approval, path forward in the Senate murky
By Anne Geggis
Florida Politics
Legislation that would guarantee some rights to pregnant prisoners won near-unanimous House approval, but time is running out for it to become law this year.

Florida’s pick-a-justice show is experiencing technical difficulties no one saw coming
By Noreen Marcus
Florida Bulldog
The group that’s supposed to independently screen candidates for an opening on Florida’s highest court has had a couple glitches along the way.


The 150-year-old chastity law that may be the next big fight over abortion
By Tierney Sneed
A law passed 150 years ago that banned the mailing of contraceptives, lewd materials and drugs that induce abortions could provide a pathway for effectively banning abortion nationwide – even in states where the procedure is legal.

Congressional Democrats urge reversal of district court ruling on mifepristone
By Ariana Figueroa
Florida Phoenix
More than 250 congressional Democrats have filed a brief urging an appeals court to reverse a Texas federal judge’s decision to suspend the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s two-decade-old approval of the abortion pill.

People Are Invading Abortion Clinics and ‘Rescuing’ Women on TikTok
By Carter Sherman
In the TikTok video, the woman leans against a closed door, with her mouth passed practically up against the wood.

The states to watch in the fight for US abortion rights
Staff Report
Al Jazeera
State legislatures are wrestling with how much to restrict or expand abortion access after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade last year.

Where Do Reproductive-Aged Women Want to Get Contraception?
By Megan L. Kavanaugh and Mia R. Zolna
Guttmacher Institute
People’s preferences regarding how they want to obtain contraception should be considered when building and refining high-quality contraceptive care programs, especially in light of recent shifts to incorporate more telehealth options into contraceptive care due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

State abortion bans could affect where Americans choose to go to college: poll
Staff Report
Class size, academics and extracurricular activities aren’t the only factors young adults are considering when choosing where to go to college.

Future doctors say they’re discouraged from working in states with abortion bans
By Nadine El-Bawab
ABC News
Lucy Brown, a medical student at Indiana University, wanted to stay in Indiana for her OB-GYN residency, but when Roe v. Wade was overturned last June, her priorities shifted. States with abortion bans in place fell to the bottom of Brown’s list.

The Biggest Ob-Gyn Group Donates a Lot to Anti-Abortion Politicians
By Haley Weiss
Anew analysis shows that the U.S.’s largest professional organization of ob-gyns has spent a considerable amount of money in the last decade helping anti-abortion legislators get elected to Congress.

Can a fetus be an employee? States are testing the boundaries of personhood after Dobbs
By Bram Sable-Smith
KFF Health News
Kaitlyn Anderson was six months pregnant when a driver killed her and a Missouri Department of Transportation colleague in 2021 while they were doing roadwork near St. Louis. Her fetus also died.

Abortion ban rejected in South Carolina after GOP women join filibuster
By Julia Shapero
The Hill
The South Carolina state Senate rejected a near-total abortion ban on Thursday, after the chamber’s five female lawmakers led a multiday filibuster against the bill.

NC lawmakers pass 12-week abortion ban; governor vows veto
By Gary D. Robertson and Hannah Schoenbaum
Associated Press
North Carolina lawmakers on Thursday approved and sent to the governor a ban on nearly all abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy, down from the current 20 weeks, in response to last year’s overturning of Roe v. Wade at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Abortion access advocates lobby legislators to support HB17, oppose HB208
By Jacob Holmes
Alabama Political Reporter
Although surgical abortion is no longer legal in Alabama, advocates for abortion access are still lobbying for laws that ensure women are not criminalized for obtaining the procedure while opposing a law to support crisis pregnancy centers.

Alabama mother denied abortion despite fetus’ ‘negligible’ chance of survival
By Nadine El-Bawab
ABC News
Kelly Shannon was excited when she found out she was pregnant.

It’s not just abortion: anti-choice lawmakers seek power and control over minorities
By Michelle Colon
Mississippi Clarion Ledger
Here in Mississippi, it seems as though we’re moving from one disaster to the next. For the last few weeks, we’ve been assisting relief efforts for the residents of Rolling Fork devastated by last month’s tornado.

Louisiana doctors detail unintended consequences of state’s abortion ban
Staff Report
60 Minutes
Doctors tell 60 Minutes Louisiana’s abortion ban has impacted the treatment of miscarriages and reduced access to routine maternal medical care.

Tennessee governor signs narrow abortion exemption bill
By Kimberlee Kruesi
Associated Press
Tennessee’s abortion ban, known as one of the strictest in the United States, will now include an extremely narrow exemption under legislation signed into law by Republican Gov. Bill Lee on Friday.

The Dobbs Leak Didn’t Wreck the Supreme Court—the Justices’ Scandals Did
By Pema Levy
Mother Jones
One year ago, shortly after a draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade was published, Justice Clarence Thomas bemoaned that the leak had eroded public trust in the body.