Reproductive Rights News Roundup – January 19th 2024


Florida House panel backs lawsuits over ‘unborn child’ deaths
By Dara Kam
News Service of Florida
Less than a year after passing a measure that would ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, Republican lawmakers are pursuing an effort to allow parents to file civil lawsuits seeking damages for the wrongful death of an “unborn child.”

Florida Democratic Party Reacts to Abortion Rights Heading to 2024 Ballot
Staff Report
West Orlando News
The Florida Democratic Party is celebrating that the abortion rights constitutional amendment reached the signature verification goal and is heading to the 2024 ballot for voters to decide.

Phony Originalism Could Cost Florida Women Their Abortion Rights
By Adam Richardson
A challenge to Florida’s stringent abortion regime is currently before the conservative Supreme Court of Florida. The challenge is based on Florida’s right to privacy.

Pro-life activists rally downtown against Florida abortion initiative that could appear on November’s ballot
By Ashley Harding
WJXT Jacksonville
Anti-abortion advocates rallied downtown Saturday morning at James Weldon Johnson Park against an abortion initiative that Florida voters could see on the November ballot.

Care for Florida moms and expectant parents is at the center of several bills
By Regan McCarthy
WFSU Tallahassee
In Florida, finding care during pregnancy and in the year following birth can be a struggle.

Fla. voter removals, abortion amendment falsely linked in post
By Amy Sherman
Abortion rights supporters in Florida are hopeful that a question will land on the November ballot that will let voters ensure abortion rights.


The Forgotten Reproductive Justice Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King
By Michelle Goodwin
Ms. Magazine
On the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and I reviewed Khiara Bridges’s compelling book, The Poverty of Privacy Rights, in the Yale Law Journal.

Why ‘viability’ is dividing the abortion rights movement
By Christine Fernando and Summer Ballentine
Associated Press
Reproductive rights activists in Missouri agree they want to get a ballot measure before voters this fall to roll back one of the strictest abortion bans in the country and ensure access. The sticking point is how far they should go.

Anti-abortion activists brace for challenges ahead as they gather for annual March for Life
By David Crary
Associated Press
A year ago, anti-abortion activists from across the U.S. gathered for their annual March for Life with reason to celebrate: It was their first march since the Supreme Court, seven months earlier, had overturned the nationwide right to abortion.

Republicans try to block Biden administration plan to cut money for anti-abortion counseling centers
By Amanda Seitz
Associated Press
In a new twist to the fight over abortion access, congressional Republicans are trying to block a Biden administration spending rule that they say will cut off millions of dollars to anti-abortion counseling centers.

Members of U.S. Senate, advocates discuss problems in states that limit abortion access
By Jennifer Shutt
States Newsroom
Abortion rights advocates and Democrats in the U.S. Senate pressed for a return to legal, safe access throughout the country during a briefing Wednesday.

More US pharmacists can now prescribe birth control, and soon, some patients won’t need prescriptions at all
By Jacqueline Howard
Access to hormonal birth control — such as birth control pills and patches — is getting major changes in 2024.