Reproductive Rights News Roundup – October 13th 2023


Florida constitution and precedent demand upholding women’s privacy on abortion decisions
By Howard L. Simon
Palm Beach Post
Apologies, but someone needs to deliver the bad news that we may be about to lose our right to privacy.

Ashley Moody is ‘desperate’ to block abortion amendment, says Florida pro-choice group
By Jim Saunders
News Service of Florida
A political committee leading efforts to pass a constitutional amendment that would ensure abortion rights in Florida pushed back Tuesday after Attorney General Ashley Moody said she would try to block the measure from reaching the 2024 ballot.

Florida AG Ashley Moody will attempt to block constitutional amendment ensuring abortion rights
By Jim Saunders
News Service of Florida
Attorney General Ashley Moody will try to block a proposed constitutional amendment that seeks to ensure abortion rights in Florida, according to a filing Monday at the state Supreme Court.

Florida Democratic Party Slams AG Moody for Attempt to Block Abortion Amendment
Staff Report
West Orlando News
The Florida Democratic Party is slamming Attorney General Ashley Moody after she asked the Florida Supreme Court to block a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit government interference with abortion access.

Florida committee working to get abortion rights on the 2024 ballot raises nearly $9 million so far
Staff Report
News Service of Florida
A political committee leading efforts to pass a constitutional amendment to protect abortion rights in Florida raised $4.192 million in cash and received $554,000 in in-kind contributions from July 1 through Sept. 30, according to a newly filed finance report.

Meet the group gathering signatures for a Florida voter referendum on abortion access
By Romy Ellengogen
Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau
When Mona Reis began thinking about a ballot initiative to protect abortion access in Florida, Roe v. Wade was still the law of the land.

Floridians pushing for a pro-abortion rights ballot measure feel ‘abandoned’ by national Democrats
By Matt Dixon
NBC News
Supporters of including abortion protections in the Florida Constitution are growing increasingly concerned that the issue is being ignored by national Democratic organizations, some of which have started writing off Florida given GOP’s dominance in the state.

Young people and the fight for abortion access in Florida
By Ashley Sanguino
Independent Florida Alligator
UF Planned Parenthood Generation Action, College Democrats, Young Democratic Socialists of America and other student organizations are getting involved with the statewide initiative to get abortion on the ballot for the 2024 election cycle.

Abortion clinics across Florida facing potential bankruptcy due to recent 24-hour law
By Kate Hussey
WPTV West Palm Beach
Many abortion clinics across south Florida are facing crippling fines from the state after the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) started fining clinics for not adhering to what’s called the 24-hour law.

Out of state abortions in Florida up nearly 25% from last year as six-week abortion ban looms
By McKenna Schueler
Orlando Weekly
A greater number of pregnant people are traveling to Florida for abortion care compared to this time last year, even as a law banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy looms over the state.


Abortion rights advocates say consequences dire if SCOTUS declines to hear pill case
By Sofia Resnick
States Newsroom
More than a year after the U.S. Supreme Court decided states could set their own abortion laws, including bans, the nation’s highest court now could cut off abortion access in states where abortion is still legal.

Pharmacies begin dispensing abortion pills
By Alice Miranda Ollstein and Lauren Gardner
A handful of independent pharmacies across the country have quietly begun dispensing the abortion pill mifepristone under new rules created by the Biden administration earlier this year, even as a looming Supreme Court case could reimpose restrictions or ban the drugs entirely.

New Data Show a 31% Decrease in Abortions in North Carolina
Staff Report
Guttmacher Institute
The Guttmacher Institute has released new data from the Monthly Abortion Provision Study—an initiative launched last month to provide monthly estimates on the number of abortions, both medication and procedural, provided within the formal health care system.

Abortion Ballot Tracker: Where Your State Stands on Codifying Reproductive Rights
By Natasha Roy
Abortion wins elections. We saw it last year in Kansas, Kentucky, and Michigan, where voters rejected abortion restrictions and affirmed expanded protections. Next month, Ohio voters will decide whether to enshrine abortion rights into the state constitution.

Stricter state laws are chipping away at sex education in K-12 schools
By Hannah Fingerhut
Associated Press
A dozen state or county agencies have parted ways with tens of thousands of dollars in federal grants meant to help monitor teenagers’ sexual behaviors and try to lower rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.