Reproductive Rights News Roundup – November 17th 2023


Fl Supreme Court urged not to let ‘political questions’ sway it on abortion initiative
By Michael Moline
Florida Phoenix
Related: In new brief, Moody claims abortion amendment would let providers self-regulate
The sponsor of a proposed state constitutional amendment to guarantee the right to abortion has filed legal arguments with the Florida Supreme Court deriding objections from Attorney General Ashley Moody that the measure’s ballot language would mislead voters.

Abortion-rights backers urge Florida Supreme Court to OK amendment wording
By Jim Saunders
News Service of Florida
Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment that would ensure abortion rights in Florida have fired back at Attorney General Ashley Moody’s arguments that the measure should be blocked from the 2024 ballot.

Former GOP elected officials in Florida come out in support of abortion amendment
By James Call
Capital Bureau USA Today Network-Florida
Ten former Florida Republican elected officials in Florida – including former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll – have signed on to a legal brief supporting a proposed amendment enshrining a right to abortion in the state’s constitution.

Here’s why some Republicans want to put abortion on Florida ballot
By Glenna Milberg
WPLG Miami
There are new voices being heard in the fight to put the question of abortion access in Florida on the ballot. Who they are and what they want may be surprising to some.

Florida could see next big abortion rights vote, as advocates keep winning with ballot measures
By Liz Landers
ABC News
Related: How a proposed constitutional amendment protecting abortion rights in Florida could impact access in the state
Ohio on Nov. 7 became the seventh state where voters directly backed abortion access since Roe v. Wade was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2022.

Ohio Voted to Protect Abortion Rights. Could Florida Be Next?
By Patricia Mazzei
New York Times
Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year, campaigns to protect abortion rights have galvanized voters in state after state.

Conservative Supreme Court could deny Floridians a say on abortion rights
By Skyler Swisher
Orlando Sentinel
Floridians are signing petitions to put abortion rights to a vote of the people next fall, but they could meet an insurmountable setback from the state’s conservative Supreme Court.

Florida’s Legal Showdown Over Viability Could Threaten Future Abortion Advocacy
By Garnet Henderson
Every single time that abortion has appeared on a ballot since the overturn of Roe v. Wade last year, voters have decided in favor of abortion rights.

Abortion rights backers take heart from Ohio but Supremes likely won’t let Florida voters decide for themselves in 2024
By Noreen Marcus
Florida Bulldog
Advocates of a reproductive freedom proposal for the 2024 Florida ballot celebrated this week when Ohio became the seventh state to join an abortion rights backlash after the U.S. Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade.

Abortion-rights advocates eye more wins after Ohio ballot success
By Nathaniel Weixel
The Hill
Abortion-rights advocates are energized after last week’s decisive win in Ohio, and they are looking to build on that momentum by putting abortion protections on the ballot in more states next year.

Facing South Florida for Nov. 12: Anna Hochkammer speaks about Florida Abortion
By Jim DeFede
CBS Miami
CBS News Miami’s Jim DeFede speaks to the executive director for the Florida Women’s Freedom Coalition, about the campaign to have a constitutional amendment protecting a woman’s right to have an abortion in Florida.

The right to petition; Is it limited? Petition gatherers were asked to leave some areas
By Steve Steiner
Citrus County Chronicle
Many people who attended the recent Arts Festival in Inverness were approached by individuals seeking signatures for a petition to protect a woman’s right to choose.

This Floridian, faced with an uncertain pregnancy, is grateful to live in South Africa
By Katie McKeown
Tampa Bay Times
In September, I traveled to Tampa with my husband, two children and growing baby bump.

Let Floridians vote on abortion rights
Tampa Bay Times
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody unholstered one bogeyman after another in urging the state Supreme Court to deny Floridians even the opportunity to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment enshrining abortion rights.


Mapping the Issues: How Ohio’s ballot measures stack up against recent elections, one another
By Nick Evans
States Newsroom
Last week’s election marks a significant victory for reproductive rights and recreational marijuana advocates. In both cases, support for those issues has traditionally aligned with left of center voters, but Tuesday’s results didn’t fit that model.

U.S. Department of Justice to join suit against Alabama AG’s abortion prosecution threats
By Alander Rocha
States Newsroom
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is joining a lawsuit seeking to stop Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall from prosecuting those who help Alabama women obtain abortion service out of states.

Recent Elections Show Young People Can’t Be Fooled Out of Their Reproductive Freedom
By Phoebe Gates
Teen Vogue
Since the 2022 fall of Roe v. Wade, states across the U.S. have passed extreme laws banning abortion.

How abortion bans are undercutting efforts to prevent domestic violence
By Jennifer Gerson and Shefali Luthra
The 19th
As more abortion bans have gone into effect across the country, it has become far more difficult to perform a standard element of gynecological care: screening patients for domestic abuse.

Remembering Andrea Miller, a Reproductive Justice Movement Visionary With a Plan
By Amy Littlefield
The Nation
When I learned that the reproductive health activist Andrea Miller had died suddenly in late October, my first thought was that we had lost Miller right when we most needed her.