Reproductive Rights News Roundup


FL Supreme Court closer to abortion ruling, and maybe deciding DeSantis’ political future
By Michael Moline
Florida Phoenix
The Florida Supreme Court is drawing nearer to deciding whether the Florida Constitution protects the right to abortion.

Abortion-rights groups in Florida want voters to reverse bans
By Verónica Zaragovia
WLRN Miami
Soon after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law in April that forbids most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, a coalition called Floridians Protecting Freedom announced an effort to reverse the ban.

Florida supporters of abortion rights ready to fight back — possibly with ballot referendum
By Clara-Sophia Daly
Miami Herald
Floridians Protecting Freedom, a group that supports the right to legal abortion, has assembled leaders of kindred organizations in hopes of gathering the nearly 900,000 signatures required for a 2024 ballot measure that would affirm the right to an abortion in the state constitution.

DeSantis signed a near-total abortion ban. Here’s what those directly affected think of it
By Clara-Sophia Daly
Miami Herald
Related: What is the current law governing abortion in Florida? It’s complicated
Owner Leda Lanza poked her head out of her office at the East Cypress Women’s Center, an abortion clinic in a Fort Lauderdale strip mall. All of the chairs in the carpeted waiting room were filled.

Six-Week Abortion Ban Haunts DeSantis Campaign
By Marc Caputo
The Messenger
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was a month away from announcing his presidential bid, at a local diner with New Hampshire Republicans, when he was hit with a question about one of the thorniest issues of his candidacy: a six-week abortion ban he signed.

Exclusive: Donors fret whether Ron DeSantis abortion ban will turn off pro-choice backers
By Jacob Ogles
Florida Politics
Supporters of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ presidential ambitions fretted at a donor dinner about his stance on abortion. That’s according to audio obtained exclusively by Florida Politics.

Ron DeSantis super PAC leans into abortion fight with Donald Trump
By A.G. Gancarski
Florida Politics
Never Back Down is dragging Donald Trump for letting down the anti-abortion movement in Iowa.

Billboard outside Orlando airport warns travelers of DeSantis’ anti-abortion policy
By Michael Moline
Florida Phoenix
Following travel advisories warning visitors that Florida might not be a welcoming place for Black, Hispanic, and LGBTQ+ people, now comes a warning that anyone capable of getting pregnant might also be better off in another state.

An Orlando doctor gives anti-choice activists a way to more easily and thoroughly harass abortion clinic clients
By McKenna Schueler
Orlando Weekly
One of Orlando’s only abortion clinics, located just south of downtown, is visited daily by anti-abortion activists who camp themselves outside to dissuade patients from getting an abortion.

Abortion care access is essential to support military personnel and families
By Sylvia Ghazarian
Florida Politics
The United States military is one of the largest employers in the world, with over 1.3 million active-duty personnel and millions more veterans and their families.

New courthouse measure provides relief to nursing moms
By Chris Young
WMNF Tampa Bay
Governor DeSantis signed a measure last week that would require courthouses to provide private, clean spaces for nursing mothers to pump or breastfeed.

In a deep red Florida county, a student-teacher revolt shames the right
By Greg Sargent and Paul Waldman
Washington Post
By now, it’s obvious that the reactionary culture warriors who want to reshape American education are inspiring a serious liberal counter-mobilization in response.

Saving Democracy interview with David Pepper
By Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendzior
Gaslit Nation
Can Florida, and with it, the rest of our democracy be saved? Or is Florida destined to be an authoritarian cesspool under Brooks Brother Viktor Orbán – Ron DeSantis? In this special solution-rich episode of Gaslit Nation, author David Pepper discusses his latest book Saving Democracy: A User’s Manual for Every American.


The new terms of abortion politics (audio)
Staff Report
The Run-Up
This week, Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, and Alexis McGill Johnson, head of Planned Parenthood, on how they’re trying to reshape the abortion debate in the U.S.

Judge halts South Carolina’s new stricter abortion law until state Supreme Court review
Staff Report
Associated Press
A judge put South Carolina’s new law banning most abortions around six weeks of pregnancy on hold Friday until the state Supreme Court can review the measure, giving providers a temporary reprieve in a region that has enacted strict limits on the procedure.

‘I don’t know if I’m going to make it’: With abortion drug’s future in limbo, Georgia couple shares their cautionary tale
By Elizabeth Cohen and Amanda Sealy
Depending on the outcome of a federal lawsuit, more women having early miscarriages could end up like Melissa Novak: septic, in the hospital and needing emergency surgery to survive.

This Alabama Health Clinic Is Under Threat. It Doesn’t Provide Abortions.
By Alice Miranda Ollstein
Patients arriving for an appointment at the West Alabama Women’s Center one year ago would brave a gauntlet of chanting protesters, skirt an idling police car, take seats in a crowded waiting room and wait for one of the clinic’s dozen busy staff members to help them terminate a pregnancy.

A Catch-22 for Clinics: State Bans Limit Abortion Counseling. Federal Title X Rules Require It.
By Rachana Pradhan
KFF Health News
State abortion bans in Tennessee and beyond, which constrain women’s health care, have put family planning clinics at risk of losing their federal funding.

Doctors Are Still Confused by Abortion Exceptions in Louisiana. It’s Limiting Essential Care
By Anisha Kohli
The Louisiana state legislature shot down two bills last week that aimed to clarify the legality of abortion and miscarriage care in pregnancies with complications.

Support for legal abortion is growing in Louisiana, LSU survey finds
By William Taylor Potter
Lafayette Daily Advertiser
More than half of Louisiana residents think abortion should be legal in all or most cases, LSU researchers found, though the state’s legislature rejected an attempt to loosen its near-total abortion ban.

Maternity’s Most Dangerous Time: After New Mothers Come Home
By Roni Caryn Rabin
New York Times
Sherri Willis-Prater’s baby boy was 2 months old, and she was about to return to her job at a school cafeteria in Chicago. But as she walked up the short flight of stairs to her kitchen one evening, she nearly collapsed, gasping for breath.

Confusion on abortion, mistrust in US Supreme Court followed Dobbs decision, survey finds
By Deidre McPhillips
The US Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, which overturned Roe v. Wade, created a fractured abortion landscape in the United States.

Dobbs decision now a factor in med school residency picks
By Sandhya Raman
Roll Call
When Rose Al Abosy began weighing which obstetrics and gynecology residencies to apply to, she spoke to advisers, considered programs’ academics and evaluated how state laws would affect her ability to train in providing abortions.

I’m a Physician. The FDA Should Approve Over-the-Counter Access to Birth Control.
By Jiana Menendez
Have you ever opened your medicine cabinet and realized you’re out of birth control pills—only to call your doctor’s office and learn the next available appointment is in two months?