Reproductive Rights News Roundup


One year after Roe, abortion rights advocates see groundswell of support for constitutional amendment
By Christine Jordan Sexton
Florida Politics
One year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe vs. Wade, the state’s legal and political clash over abortion is more than just a theoretical battle.

1-year since Roe v. Wade overturned, Florida feels the impact
By Joe Mario Pedersen
WMFE Orlando
It’s been one year since Roe v. Wade was overturned as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, returning the decision-making power over abortion laws to state legislatures.

Florida Abortion Rights Plan Polls at 70 Percent But Passage Is Far From Assured
By Marc Caputo
The Messenger
The polling looks favorable. The petition-gathering is strong.

Episode 158: Planned Parenthood & Abortion in Florida (audio story)
By Craig Pittman
Welcome to Florida
Our guest this week is Laura Goodhue, executive director of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates. We discuss the current abortion laws in Florida and Planned Parenthood’s efforts to challenge them on privacy grounds.

Abortions increased in Florida more than in California and New York post-Dobbs. Here’s why.
By Rachel Bluth, Maya Kaufman and Sejal Govindarao
Last year’s Supreme Court decision overturning the constitutional right to abortion provoked a policymaking flurry in blue states that have long been bastions of reproductive rights.

Eskamani, Frost give call to action on anniversary of Roe v. Wade overturning
By Christopher Cann
Orlando Sentinel
One year to the day the U.S. Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade, dozens of people rallied and canvassed in Orlando, passing out petitions to get abortion on the 2024 ballot — an effort to place the choice of whether to roll back Florida’s abortion restrictions in the hands of voters.

Florida Supreme Court justice should recuse himself on key abortion case, says ex-chief justice
By Anthony Man
South Florida Sun Sentinel
Barbara Pariente, a former chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, said Tuesday that one of the current justices, Charles Canady, should recuse himself from the case before the court that will decide if state efforts to sharply reduce access to abortion are constitutional.

Florida’s GOP presidential candidates have different visions on abortion
By Mitch Perry
Florida Phoenix
Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Dobbs v Women’s Health Organization decision ending a federal right to an abortion.

The one issue Republican presidential candidates don’t want to talk about
By Sally Goldenberg, Adam Wren and Natalie Allison
Former President Donald Trump avoids getting specific on abortion policy. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) initially fumbled the issue. And Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis rarely brings it up.

Why Ron DeSantis is emailing his supporters about men getting pregnant
By Jessica Piper
Ron DeSantis flooded his supporters’ inboxes three times this week with the subject line: “Do not tell my children that men can get pregnant.”

Top taxpayer-funded anti-abortion center in Florida abruptly shuts down amid IRS trouble
By Bob Norman
Florida Center for Government Accountability
The state-funded Mary’s Pregnancy Resource Center unexpectedly shut its doors in late April.
Yohanka Reyes considers her anti-abortion crusade nothing short of a mission from God.

Florida court won’t reinstate prosecutor removed by DeSantis for refusal to prosecute abortion cases
Staff Report
Associated Press
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday refused to reinstate a Florida prosecutor who was removed by Gov. Ron DeSantis after making comments opposing prosecutions for abortions or gender-affirming health care.

Defending reproductive freedom, one year after the overturning of Roe v. Wade
By Lauren Book
South Florida Sun Sentinel
It has been one year since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, eroding federal protections for the right to a safe and legal abortion.

Hillsborough graduate breaks period poverty, stigma across Florida
By Selene San Felice
Rina Patel thought she was dying when she got her first period in 6th grade. No one had told her what would happen to her body, and she had no idea what to do.

Florida Pulse: New six week abortion ban on hold until court decision (video)
By Rob Landers
Florida Today
In this excerpt from the June 2023 Florida Pulse, panelists discuss the state’s new six-week abortion ban & the current court case that’s blocking it.

For the far right, Florida Supreme Court has become “the court of our dreams”
South Florida Sun Sentinel
According to a leading anti-abortion activist, the Florida Supreme Court has become “the court of our dreams.”


Biden at campaign rally warns national abortion ban is next
By Jennifer Shutt
Florida Phoenix
President Joe Biden pledged Friday to hold the line against attempts to restrict reproductive rights and abortion access during a campaign rally with the country’s leading abortion rights organizations.

Black, Rural Southern Women at Gravest Risk From Pregnancy Miss Out on Maternal Health Aid
By Sarah Jane Tribble
KFF Health News
As maternal mortality skyrockets in the United States, a federal program created to improve rural maternity care has bypassed Black mothers, who are at the highest risk of complications and death related to pregnancy.

All abortion bans include exceptions for a mother’s life. But are they working?
By Sofia Bliss-Carrascosa and Samantha Putterman
Abortion may be one of the most divisive issues in American discourse, but polls show most Americans agree on one thing: Doctors should be free to perform emergency abortions when a pregnant woman’s life is in danger.

Malpractice lawsuits over denied abortion care may be on the horizon
By Harris Meyer
KFF Health News
A year after the overturning of Roe v. Wade, many physicians and hospitals in the states that have restricted abortion reportedly are refusing to end the pregnancies of women facing health-threatening complications out of fear they might face criminal prosecution or loss of their medical license.

Republicans Extraordinarily Out of Step With Americans on Abortion, Including Their Own Voters
Staff Report
NARAL Pro-Choice America
Related: Anti-Abortion Extremists’ Post-Dobbs Campaign to Cover Up Their Cruelty
Coming off a historically poor midterm election performance in 2022, Republican legislators continue to be out of step with the majority of Americans who support access to legal abortion—including huge pluralities of their own voters.