Reproductive Rights News Roundup – October 6th 2023


DeSantis said he would support a 15-week abortion ban, after avoiding a direct answer for months
By Sara Burnett
Associated Press
When Ron DeSantis seemed to say during last week’s Republican presidential debate that he would support a federal ban on abortion at 15 weeks of pregnancy, some anti-abortion activists called it the news they had been waiting months to hear.

Orlando Rep. Eskamani files legislation to protect people who self-induce abortions
By Danielle Prieur
WMFE Orlando
Orlando Democratic Rep. Anna Eskamani has filed legislation that would forbid Florida from criminalizing people who end their own pregnancy through self-managed abortion.

Fabián Basabe proposes 12-week abortion ban ‘compromise’
By Jesse Scheckner
Florida Politics
Miami Beach Republican Rep. Fabián Basabe thinks Florida’s current ban on abortion after 15 weeks and a since-passed ban after six weeks of pregnancy are wrong.

Florida lawmakers to consider two abortion-related bills in 2024
By Cody Butler
WCTV/Gray Florida Capital Bureau
Florida lawmakers will consider changes to the state’s abortion laws when it returns in January.

Kamala Harris makes her case for the youth vote in appearance at FIU in Miami
By Mitch Perry
Florida Phoenix
Vice President Kamala Harris told thousands of college students and others in Miami Thursday that the country is witnessing “an intentional full-on attack against hard won freedoms and rights,” and they need to respond by going to the ballot box next year.

Petitions in peril? Groups worry Florida high court shift may unravel amendment process
By Douglas Soule
USA Today Network-Florida
Recreational weed could be legalized and abortion rights could be protected in Florida, but a lot depends on a state Supreme Court dominated by Gov. Ron DeSantis appointees.

Florida Abortion Initiative Tops 400,000 Signatures
Staff Report
News Service Of Florida
Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at ensuring abortion rights have topped 400,000 valid petition signatures submitted to the state.

Florida Supreme Court will decide the future of abortion access in the state
By Sean Kinane
WMNF Tampa Bay
The Florida Supreme Court is pondering a law that could lead to abortions essentially being banned in Florida.

Suspended prosecutor Andrew Warren closer to running for his former job in Hillsborough
By Mitch Perry
States Newsroom
Ousted Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren has opened a campaign account for his former job, following his suspension last year.


More Latinas are living in states with abortion bans and restrictions, new report finds
By Nicole Acevedo
NBC News
Latinas remain the largest group of women of color in the nation impacted by current or likely state abortion bans more than a year after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade last summer.

What We Get Wrong About Abortion Criminalization
By Laura Huss
Over the summer, a 19-year-old Nebraska girl was sentenced to three months in jail and two years of probation for allegedly managing her own abortion to escape parenting with an abusive partner when she was 17.

SCOTUS set to tackle abortion, guns in new term
Staff Report
Associated Press
The Supreme Court is returning to a new term to take up some familiar topics — guns and abortion — and concerns about ethics swirling around the justices.

Supreme Court declines to take up appeal from anti-abortion group that secretly recorded clinics
By Ariane de Vogue
The Supreme Court declined on Monday to take up an appeal from an anti-abortion group known for releasing secretly recorded footage of abortion providers, leaving in place a lower court ruling that went in favor of Planned Parenthood.

Texas and Yelp are suing each other over crisis pregnancy centers
By Joel Mathis
The Week

Yelp is suing Texas for the “right to publish actual accurate abortion info.”