Reproductive Rights News Roundup – September 22nd 2023


Lauren Book files bill to ensure abortion law lines up with Gov. DeSantis’ TV statements
By Anne Geggis
Florida Politics
Gov. Ron DeSantis promised women and girls will not be prosecuted for seeking an abortion, and Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book wants to hold him to it.

How a utility’s silent spending to control energy policy might determine abortion rights in Florida
By Mario Alejandro Ariza
Over the past five years, the largest power company in the U.S. quietly financed groups working to restrict Floridians’ ability to change laws independent of the legislature.

Abortion care providers, advocates navigate statewide restrictions
By Valentina Sandoval
Independent Florida Alligator
Over a year since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Florida lies at a tipping point that will decide the future of reproductive care in the state.

Trump calls DeSantis abortion ban ‘a terrible mistake,’ sparking anger from some key Republicans
By Sara Burnett
Associated Press
Donald Trump is facing new blowback from anti-abortion activists for refusing to commit to national abortion restrictions and for calling Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signing of a six-week ban on the procedure a “terrible mistake.”

Ron DeSantis says Donald Trump will sell out abortion opponents
By A.G. Gancarski
Florida Politics
Related: ‘Big mistake’: Ron DeSantis says Donald Trump ‘wrong’ on abortion
Abortion battles continue in the Republican presidential race.

Ron DeSantis accuses U.S. military of backing ‘abortion tourism’
By A.G. Gancarski
Florida Politics
Gov. Ron DeSantis is telling Iowans that he backs an Alabama U.S. Senator’s holds on military officers, saying it’s necessary to quell the Armed Forces’ promotion of “abortion tourism.”

Florida’s post-Roe v. Wade abortion uptick
By Selene San Felice
States near those that banned abortion after Roe v. Wade was overturned saw sharp increases in the number of procedures performed, likely due to an influx of out-of-state patients, according to a new analysis from the Guttmacher Institute.

Facing South Florida for Sept. 17: Florida Abortion
By Jim DeFede
CBS Miami
CBS News Miami’s Jim DeFede devotes the entire half hour to this polarizing hot-button issue, playing off this past week’s Florida Supreme Court hearing on abortion.

Some residents claim Manatee County commissioners overstepped with Planned Parenthood resolution
Staff Report
WWSB Sarasota
After a 6 to 1 vote by Manatee County Commissioners, a new resolution immediately took effect last Tuesday, Sept. 12th.

State employees to get new paid maternity, family leave benefit
By Anne Geggis
Florida Politics
New maternity and family leave benefits announced Monday make Florida the state employer with the “most robust” paid leave policy for mothers who give birth — at least in the Southeast, officials say.


The End of Roe Is Having a Chilling Effect on Pregnancy
By Lauren Leader
The end of Roe v. Wade in June 2022 has had a profound effect on maternal healthcare and abortion access across the country.

Total abortion bans are not at all popular, poll finds
By Shefali Luthra
The 19th
Only 9 percent of Americans believe that abortion should be illegal in all circumstances even as 14 states are enforcing near-total bans on the procedure, the 19th News/SurveyMonkey poll has found.

Tuberville opponents plant hundreds of signs outside U.S. Capitol in protest of blockade
By Ashley Murray
States Newsroom
More than 300 signs dotted the lawn outside the U.S. Senate Tuesday, each bearing the name of a military nominee blocked this year by Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama in protest of a Pentagon abortion policy.

Abortion Rights Group Sees Mission Beyond ‘Pro-Choice,’ So It Has a New Name
By Lisa Lerer
New York Times
NARAL Pro-Choice America, one of the country’s largest advocacy groups for abortion rights, announced Wednesday that it had changed its name, a switch that illustrates the issue’s shifting politics after the Supreme Court overturned federal abortion rights.