Reproductive Rights News Roundup – September 8th 2023


Florida abortion rights at stake as state Supreme Court takes up challenge to GOP-led restrictions
By Curt Anderson
Associated Press
The fate of abortion rights in Florida will be at stake Friday morning when the state Supreme Court is expected to take up a challenge to a law banning the procedure in most cases after 15 weeks of pregnancy, which will determine whether an even stricter six-week ban signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis can take effect.

Abortion-rights supporters see little hope ahead of Florida high court arguments
By Arek Sarkissian
Abortion-rights supporters have a message for Floridians: Be prepared to lose abortion access.

Florida doctors speak out against abortion restrictions, days before state Supreme Court hears case on 15-week ban
By McKenna Schueler
Orlando Weekly
Doctors across the state of Florida joined together for a virtual press conference Wednesday to speak out about the harms of abortion bans.

Abortion access on the line before DeSantis-heavy Supreme Court
By John Kennedy
Tallahassee Democrat
Abortion access in Florida is on the line this week before the state Supreme Court with a majority of justices appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis being asked to overturn 34-years of legal precedence involving the state’s right-to-privacy.

Some Florida Supreme Court justices have known anti-abortion views as big case looms
By Romy Ellenbogen
Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau
In just a couple days, Florida’s Supreme Court justices will weigh the future of access to abortion in the state.

All roads converge on FL Supreme Court as justices decide future of abortion rights
By Michael Moline
Florida Phoenix
The Florida Supreme Court is bracing for a crowd during oral arguments on Friday over the future of abortion rights in the state, as organizations on both sides of that issue planned to wave their flags in the state capital and the whole country will be watching.

The 19th Explains: Abortion in Florida and what’s at stake in the state Supreme Court
By Shefali Luthra
The 19th
The Florida Supreme Court could soon determine the future of abortion in the state, either sustaining a critical access point in the South or further eroding abortion rights in the region.

A monumental abortion question for FL Supreme Court: How did voters in 1980 define ‘privacy’?
By Michael Moline
Florida Phoenix
Jerri Blair was running a small legal practice in Leesburg in 1989 when she got a call from the court clerk.

Abortions in Florida increase likely because of out-of-state patients, researchers report
By Andrea Torres
WPLG Miami
Abortions have increased in Florida likely due to out-of-state patients who are dealing with bans, according to researchers.

Abortion rights referendum organizers hit milestone that triggers state high court review
By Anne Geggis
Florida Politics
An abortion rights group has reached a crucial milestone in its effort to ask Floridians about enshrining abortion rights in the state constitution on next year’s ballot.

Fate of abortion access in FL: Some young people want more info and influence on the issues
By Jackie Llanos
Florida Phoenix
Alexa Matos didn’t know about Florida’s abortion history until she tracked the six-week abortion ban for a state politics class at the University of South Florida.

In a post-Roe country, a Florida doctor wonders where to call home
By Lauren Peace
Tampa Bay Times
The doctor stood in her driveway early on a balmy spring morning, sipping coffee, scanning the plastic tubs and hanging racks splayed across the pavement.

Thousands donate to save Florida abortion clinic amid crippling state fines
By Carter Sherman
The Guardian
Just a few weeks ago, one of the few abortion clinics left in Orlando, Florida, looked like it would have to close its doors.

Florida’s Abortion Ban Underscores Clinics’ Fights for Sites
By Anna Staropoli
Commercial Observer
For years, abortion clinics have been at the center of a divided America, sparking opposition — and support — to the extreme.

Ron DeSantis says Florida ‘sympathetic’ to mothers facing abortion decision over economic hardship
By A.G. Gancarski
Florida Politics
During an interview on Fox News, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida was “sympathetic” to expectant mothers mulling abortion, and that the fathers of the unborn children should pay child support to the mothers.


New state abortion numbers show increases in some surprising places
By Selena Simmons-Duffin
People seeking an abortion are “highly motivated” to travel if they can’t get abortions where they live.

What It’s Like To Have An Abortion At Home
By Alanna Vagianos
Since Roe v. Wade fell, nearly half of states in the U.S. have implemented near-total bans or severe restrictions on abortion care.

Republicans are trying to find a new term for ‘pro-life’ to stave off more electoral losses
By Emily Elconin
NBC News
Republican strategists are exploring a shift away from “pro-life” messaging on abortion after consistent Election Day losses for the GOP when reproductive rights were on the ballot.

The 113-Year-Old Law Behind Anti-Abortion Activists’ Latest Scheme
By Melissa Gira Grant
The New Republic
Could driving someone to get an abortion soon be an act punishable by law? It’s not out of the question, if a newly emboldened group of extremists get their way.