Reproductive Rights News Roundup – December 15th 2023


Florida Abortion Amendment Clears Major Hurdle With 1 Million+ Signatures
By Khaya Himmelman and Marc Caputo, The Messenger
The citizen group that wants to enshrine abortion rights in the state’s constitution has exceeded the threshold to get the measure on the Nov. 5 ballot by collecting more than 1.4 million voter signatures, according to sources familiar with the effort.

Florida abortion rights activists win over Republicans in ballot measure push
By Aaron Franco and Morgan Radford, NBC News
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Jaymie Carter is a registered Republican. She has been named by two Republican governors — first Rick Scott, then Ron DeSantis — to sit on the Board of Trustees for the State College of Florida, and she says she voted for DeSantis in his 2022 campaign for governor.

Republicans Account for About 150,000 Signatures in Support of Florida’s Abortion Ballot Measure
By Kylie Cheung, Jezebel
Back in May, Florida abortion rights advocates began collecting signatures to get a measure on the November 2024 ballot that would enshrine abortion rights in their state.

FL Abortion Rights Organizers Have 1.4 Million Signatures for Ballot Initiative
By Chris Walker, Truthout
A signature drive to place a proposed constitutional amendment protecting abortion rights on the 2024 statewide ballot in Florida has far surpassed the number of names required.

It’s crunch time for abortion petitioners
By Ryan Stanley, WSLR Sarasota
Floridians Protecting Freedom, the petition campaign to put abortion access on the Florida ballot in 2024, is hitting crucial milestones this month. This citizen initiative would give voters the chance to safeguard the reproductive rights of women by enshrining them in the state constitution.

Abortion rights supporters inch closer to getting constitutional amendment on 2024 ballot
Staff Report, News Service of Florida
The committee needs the Florida Supreme Court to sign off on the proposed ballot wording.
Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment that would ensure abortion rights in Florida continue moving closer to submitting enough petition signatures to get on the 2024 ballot.

Clock ticks on opposing abortion campaigns gathering support in Jacksonville
By Renata Di Gregorio, First Coast News
The clock is ticking and two different groups with opposite goals say your support could save lives.

Abortion-rights advocates sees urgency in getting constitutional amendment on ballot
By Wayne Washington, Palm Beach Post
Time is running out for abortion-rights advocates to gather enough signatures to get a proposed constitutional amendment protecting abortion rights on the November 2024 ballot.

Florida Republican voters could be key to push for abortion rights referendum
By Joseph Contreras, The Guardian
Pro-choice activists in Florida, where nearly all abortions are banned after the 15th week of pregnancy, want voters to enshrine the right to a termination in the state constitution via a referendum on next year’s election ballot.

No, Attorney General Moody, Florida’s doctors and their patients are not confused
By James Esserman, Miami Herald
I have been a doctor in Miami for more than 40 years. I am board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and have served as Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at both Baptist and South Miami Hospitals.

Urgent call to action: Join the battle to preserve abortion rights in Florida
By Steve Been and Katie Haggerty, Tallahassee Democrat
Abortion rights are under attack in Florida, and you can help.

How Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers in Florida Get Taxpayer Funds With Almost No Oversight
By Laura C. Morel and Clara-Sophia Daly, Reveal/Miami Herald
To understand the problems with Florida’s oversight of anti-abortion pregnancy centers, you don’t have to look much further than Mary’s Pregnancy Resource Center, north of Miami.

Texas barred abortion for a fetus with a fatal diagnosis. Does Florida law do the same?
By Caroline Catherman, Orlando Sentinel
Doctors and advocates in Florida are drawing profound lessons from the case of Kate Cox, a Texas woman who was denied an abortion despite what her doctor deemed as threats to the fetus’ life, her life, and her future fertility.

Pregnant Florida Woman Denied Emergency Abortion, Sent Home from Hospital: ‘I Knew I Would Die Within … Days’ (Exclusive)
By Cara Lynn Shultz, People
After years of infertility and miscarriages, Anya Cook and her husband Derek were thrilled to finally be pregnant.

Fighting for their lives: Women and the impact of abortion restrictions in post-Roe AmericaBy Nadine El-Bawab, Tess Scott, Christina Ng, and Acacia Nunes, ABC News
Anya Cook had reason to celebrate. After 17 miscarriages, she was pregnant again, in her second trimester, and she and her husband, Derick, were ready to share the good news with family and friends.

Being Black and Pregnant in the Deep South Can Be a Dangerous Combination
By Lauren Sausser, KFF Health News
O’laysha Davis was a few weeks shy of her due date when in mid-August she decided it was time to switch doctors.

DeSantis says telling “the good message” a fix to abortion rights issue
By Frank Cerabino, Palm Beach Post
Gov. Ron DeSantis thinks that new government restrictions on women’s reproductive rights are not as popular as they could be because lawmakers who want to outlaw or severely restrict abortions aren’t doing a better job at making girls and women more enthusiastic about the benefits of losing their body autonomy.

DeSantis accuses Trump of flip-flopping on abortion
By Julia Manchester, The Hill
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) accused former President Trump of flip-flopping his position on abortion on Tuesday at a CNN town hall in Iowa.


The Supreme Court will rule on limits on a commonly used abortion medication
By Mark Sherman, Associated Press
The Supreme Court agreed on Wednesday to take up a dispute over a medication used in the most common method of abortion in the United States, its first abortion case since it overturned Roe v. Wade last year.

Texas Supreme Court blocks order allowing abortion; woman who sought it leaves state
By Eleanor Klibanoff, Texas Tribune
The Texas Supreme Court has overturned a court order that would have allowed a Dallas woman to get an abortion.

Democrats Seize on Texas Case in Push for Abortion Rights
By Lisa Lerer. New York Times
The case of a Texas woman who sought a court-approved abortion but wound up leaving the state for the procedure is reigniting political arguments that have roiled elections for more than two years, placing Democrats on the offensive and illustrating Republicans’ continued lack of a unified policy response or clear strategy on how to talk about the issue.

The Texas abortion case blows up the abortion ban rationale
By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post
Abortion rights activists, medical professionals and ordinary women warned the Supreme Court in advance of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision: Legislatures cannot dictate medical decisions without creating horrendous injustices and medical travesties.

It’s taking longer to get an abortion in the US. Doctors fear riskier, more complex procedures
By Laura Ungar, Associated Press
A woman whose fetus was unlikely to survive called more than a dozen abortion clinics before finding one that would take her, only to be put on weekslong waiting lists.

15-week abortion bans are the center of Republican debate. Experts say that cutoff is arbitrary.
By Shefali Luthra, The 19th
The Republican debate over abortion has centered around one number: 15. Backers of a 15-week federal ban tout it as a compromise measure, even in the face of recent electoral defeat.

5 Takeaways From Inside the Overturning of Roe v. Wade
By Jodi Kantor and Adam Liptak, New York Times
A Times investigation reveals the behind-the-scenes story of how the Supreme Court abolished the constitutional right to abortion.