Reproductive Rights News Roundup – July 28th 2023


Florida abortion petition drive moves into high gear
By Greg Fox
WESH Orlando
Outside the Hillsborough County courthouse, two paid petition-gathering workers had a table set up and blank petitions in hand to provide to registered Florida voters.

Florida abortions top 38,000 in the first half of 2023 as 6-week ban case hearing looms
By Brandon Girod
Pensacola News Journal
Florida abortions in the first half of 2023 topped more than 38,000, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration website, up from the 33,382 abortions performed in the first half of 2022.

To protect a mother: Will abortion exceptions survive a post-Roe world?
By Christopher O’Donnell
Tampa Bay Times
This pregnancy felt different. After the heartache of more than a dozen miscarriages, Anya Cook was 16 weeks along.

DeSantis backs Tuberville on military holds, denounces Pentagon abortion policy
By Matt Berg
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis backed Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s months-long blockade on military nominations on Thursday, saying that the Pentagon’s abortion policy would “go out the window” if he wins the presidency.

Ron DeSantis’ False claim that some states allow ‘post-birth’ abortions. None do.
By Samantha Putterman
Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a recent interview that some states allow abortion after an infant has already been born.


A Growing Share Of Americans Think States Shouldn’t Be Able To Put Any Limits On Abortion
By Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
The Supreme Court’s 2022 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization transformed the politics of abortion, turning an issue that once mattered mostly to conservative Christians into a powerful voting issue on the left.

National abortion ban eyed as group marks ‘Siege of Atlanta’ protests 35 years ago
By Kelcie Moseley-Morris, Sofia Resnick and Elisha Brown
Florida Phoenix
Members of a national anti-abortion religious organization called Operation Save America are in Atlanta this week to protest at a local abortion clinic and to discuss new strategies for achieving a national prohibition on abortion at any stage of pregnancy.

U.S. House spending bill for the VA renews fight over abortion access, transgender care
By Jennifer Shutt
Florida Phoenix
U.S. House Republicans approved their first government spending bill Thursday, following tense debate about whether the Department of Veterans Affairs should provide abortions in limited circumstances and the GOP’s decision to cut military construction funding.

Tuberville hold on military nominees is ‘not only wrong — it is dangerous,’ Biden says
By Ashley Murray
States Newsroom
President Joe Biden directly criticized Sen. Tommy Tuberville Friday in a statement over the Alabama senator’s monthslong blockade of high-ranking military nominees in protest of the administration’s abortion policy for service members.

Abortion rights amendment proposal qualifies for November ballot in Ohio
By Laura Hancock
Abortion rights will be on the November ballot in Ohio.