Reproductive Rights News Roundup – October 20th 2023


State economists find it tricky to put price tag on proposed constitutional amendment on abortion
By Christine Jordan Sexton
Florida Politics
State economists sound skeptical that they will be able to put a price tag on a proposed constitutional amendment to protect access to abortion by a November deadline if the measure makes it to the 2024 ballot.

FL Supreme Court’s pending ruling clouds financial calculation of abortion-rights initiative
By Jackie Llanos
Florida Phoenix
The pending legal challenge to Florida’s 15-week abortion ban is hindering state officials’ ability to determine how a ballot initiative to protect abortion rights would affect the state economy, the group tasked with calculating those costs concluded Thursday morning.

Fla. Attorney General Ashley Moody tries to sow confusion over abortion vote
By Frank Cerabino
Palm Beach Post
Florida’s attorney general is trying to scuttle a voter initiative that would override Gov. Ron DeSantis’ attempt to outlaw abortions in the state beyond the sixth week of pregnancy.

Attorney general moves to silence voters once again
South Florida Sun Sentinel
Attorney General Ashley Moody won’t be satisfied with simply banning abortion in Florida, at which she appears close to success. She also intends to prevent voters from doing anything about it.

Florida Supreme Court to decide whether abortion rights can appear on next year’s ballot
By Jake Stofan
Action News Jax
Florida voters could have an opportunity to vote on whether to enshrine abortion protections in the state constitution next year, but Florida’s Attorney General Ashley Moody is looking to block the question from the ballot.

Ron DeSantis throws cold water on national abortion ban
By A.G. Gancarski
Florida Politics
Gov. Ron DeSantis signed off on a six-week abortion ban this past Legislative Session. But on Friday, he said what’s good for Florida won’t necessarily fly in the other 49 states.

Ron DeSantis rips Nikki Haley for ‘indulging media narratives’ on abortion
By A.G. Gancarski
Florida Politics
Gov. Ron DeSantis is drawing distinctions between himself and Nikki Haley on abortion, in the former South Carolina Governor’s home state where he trails her in polls.

Abortion rights activists raise money for three Florida clinics fined by the state
By McKenna Schueler
Orlando Weekly
Abortion rights activists in Orlando are raising funds for three clinics in Florida that have been fined by the state over violations of the state’s 24-hour waiting period law.


Legislators in 49 states ask SCOTUS to preserve access to abortion pill
By Kelcie Moseley-Morris
States Newsroom
A group of more than 600 Democratic legislators from 49 states have signed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court urging the justices to overturn an appellate court decision that would roll back access to mifepristone, one of two drugs used to safely terminate early pregnancies and treat miscarriages.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker launches organization focused on protecting abortion rights
By Grace Panetta
The 19th
Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker of Illinois is launching a new organization, Think Big America, focused on passing abortion rights ballot measures around the country.

GOP Trades Its Moral High Ground on Abortion for Votes
By Francis Wilkinson
The Republican Party, the political home of a four-decade, church-allied, moral crusade against abortion rights, is having second thoughts.

Democratic women set abortion access as key to NDAA support
By Caroline Coudriet
Roll Call
Members of the House Democratic Women’s Caucus warned defense committee leaders Tuesday that including provisions that limit abortion access in the fiscal 2024 defense authorization bill would make it impossible for them to support the bill’s final passage.

The cruelty of trapping women in states with abortion bans
South Florida Sun Sentinel
Abortion opponents are not satisfied just getting abortion banned or nearly banned in various states.