Reproductive Rights News Roundup – July 21st 2023


An effort to enshrine abortion rights in Florida’s constitution is more than halfway to its goal
By Cathy Carter
WUSF Tampa
On a recent Saturday morning at the Williams Park Summer Market in St. Petersburg, 50-year-old Elsie Gilmore politely approaches customers with a smile … and a question.

Eskamani warns anti-choice activists are ‘stalking’ advocates of Florida’s abortion rights ballot initiative
By McKenna Schueler
Orlando Weekly
As Florida advocates mobilize to get abortion rights on the statewide ballot next year through a ballot initiative, a group of anti-abortion activists have launched an effort to thwart the effort.

DeSantis won’t say if he will sign federal six-week abortion ban
By Julia Manchester
The Hill
Related: DeSantis on 6-week abortion ban: ‘I had a lot of supporters who were averse to me on this’
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) declined to say whether he would sign a federal six-week abortion ban during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday.

Ron DeSantis says he isn’t pushing for a national 6-week abortion ban; New York wouldn’t go for it
By A.G. Gancarski
Florida Politics
Ron DeSantis continues to explain why a harsh abortion law that he thinks is good enough for Florida women might not fly nationwide.

On CNN, DeSantis ducks abortion issue, says campaign is strong
By Steven Lemongello
Orlando Sentinel
Gov. Ron DeSantis dodged a question on abortion, pledged to “rip the woke” from the military, and said former President Trump shouldn’t be charged for Jan. 6 during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday, his first sit-down conversation with a non-conservative news outlet in years.

Abortions In Florida Top 38,000 In Six Months
Staff Report
News Service Of Florida
Amid a legal battle about the future of abortion rights in Florida, more than 38,000 abortions were performed in the state during the first half of 2023, according to a newly posted report on the state Agency for Health Care Administration website.

Ron DeSantis Says Blue States ‘Actually Have Post-Birth Abortions’ in CNN Interview Gaffe

By Tina Daunt
The Wrap
Ron DeSantis pushed through an on-air gaffe Tuesday that had him telling CNN’s Jake Tapper that “in some liberal states, you actually have post-birth abortions — and I think that that’s wrong.”


The next wave of abortion rights ballot measures looks different from the last
By Rachel M. Cohen
Last election cycle, abortion rights won in all six states with abortion ballot measures, including in red states like Kentucky and Montana that otherwise elected Republican lawmakers.

New Report Warns Of Growing Surveillance Threat For Abortions Or Gender-Affirming Care
By Lil Kalish
Patients seeking abortion or gender-affirming care out of state face increased threats of surveillance — and criminalization — from law enforcement and state officials, a new report shows.

Democratic Senators Urge DOJ To Safeguard Out-Of-State Abortion Travel
By Lydia O’Connor
A group of Democratic senators sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday asking the Justice Department to protect patients’ abilities to travel out-of-state for abortion ― a right that’s increasingly under attack.

Defense bill that targets abortion access, trans health, racial equity passes U.S. House
By Jacob Fischler
Florida Phoenix
The U.S. House approved Friday an annual defense authorization bill loaded with GOP rollbacks of Pentagon policies on abortion and transgender health care, as well as efforts to boost racial equity.

How to Identify and Combat Anti-Abortion Disinformation
Staff Report
NARAL Pro-Choice America
When it comes to talking about abortion, we are up against extremists who intentionally deploy  deceptive rhetoric to politicize and fearmonger about reproductive health care.