Reproductive Rights News Roundup – January 12th 2024


Florida’s abortion amendment has enough signatures to make the ballot
By Clarissa-Jan Lim, MSNBC
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Abortion rights activists in Florida have collected enough signatures for a ballot initiative that would enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution, potentially setting the stage for the issue to be front and center for state voters in November.

Florida abortion amendment gets enough signatures for 2024 ballot
By Romy Ellenbogen, Tampa Bay Times
Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would undo Florida’s restrictive abortion laws have surpassed the required number of petition signatures to get on the 2024 ballot, according to data from the Florida Division of Elections.

Abortion-rights amendment one step closer to the FL ballot, but must get Supreme Court approval
By Jackie Llanos, Florida Phoenix
Now that the group behind the abortion rights amendment has enough signatures to appear on the November ballot, it’s preparing to defend its ballot language in front of the Florida Supreme Court next month.

Is Florida the next state to protect abortion rights?
By Annabel Rocha, Reckon
On the heels of Ohio’s historic election, voting to protect reproductive freedom in the state constitution, momentum has been building around the country with other states looking to follow suit.

Virtually all abortions would be illegal in Florida under new proposal filed by a House Republican
By Mitch Perry, Florida Phoenix
Less than a year after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill banning abortions in Florida after six weeks, a House Republican in the Legislature has filed a bill that essentially calls for the banning of all abortions in Florida.

On abortion front: GOP top leaders say they don’t support bill to ban virtually all abortions in FL
By Mitch Perry, Florida Phoenix
The two most powerful lawmakers in the Florida Legislature — Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and House Speaker Paul Renner — said Tuesday that neither had any interest in passing a bill that would effectively ban most abortion procedures in the state.

Paul Renner swats down eliminating mail voting, further limiting abortion
By Jacob Ogles, Florida Politics
Speaker Paul Renner says he won’t seek further abortion restrictions this Session. And he won’t do away with mail-in voting.

Biden-Harris campaign opposes new, more restrictive abortion bill in Florida
By Diane Rado, Florida Phoenix
A day after a new and more restrictive abortion bill was introduced in the Florida Legislature, the Biden-Harris campaign provided this statement on Tuesday:

Democratic lawmakers file longshot bills to restore abortion access, reverse anti-woke education
By Jesse Scheckner, Florida Politics
Democratic lawmakers in Florida are collaborating on a pair of bills to restore access to abortion and gender-affirming health care, block school book bans and reverse state policies barring so-called “woke” instruction in classrooms.

‘Crazy’ Florida Bill Could Allow Wrongful Death Lawsuits Over Abortions
By Tessa Stuart, Rolling Stone
Republican lawmakers in Florida are pushing a bill that would revise the state’s wrongful death law, allowing individuals to sue — and recover monetary damages — over the loss of an “unborn child.”

Time for Florida voters to take back their abortion rights
By Lillian Tamayo, Palm Beach Post
We are approaching the second anniversary of Roe v Wade’s overturn, a grim reminder of the Supreme Court’s callous overturning of a recognized federal right to abortion.


With abortion on the 2024 ballot, campaigns could see millions in funding from familiar players
By Kelcie Moseley-Morris, Florida Phoenix
Before the Dobbs ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2022, abortion was rarely an issue of such significance in elections that individuals and national political action committees poured millions of dollars into ballot questions and gubernatorial and judicial races.

Trump wins back antiabortion movement as activists plot 2025 crackdowns
By Caroline Kitchener, Josh Dawsey and Hannah Knowles, Washington Post
When Donald Trump did not back a national abortion ban, the leader of one of the country’s largest antiabortion groups, Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, blasted his position as “morally indefensible.”

New Year Brings High Stakes for Abortion at the Supreme Court
By Jessica Mason Pieklo, Rewire
We’re barely two weeks into 2024, and it’s already shaping up to be another historic year for reproductive rights and access.

Some states with abortion bans saw slightly more births, new analysis finds
By Morgan Watkins, Side Effects Public Media
Abortion bans may have led to an increase in birth rates in some states, a new report suggests.