Reproductive Rights News Roundup – March 29th 2024


Florida Supreme Court decisions on abortion, marijuana likely to come Monday
By Mark Skoneki,, Orlando Sentinel
The Florida Supreme Court is likely going to release on Monday rulings about whether voters can decide if abortion rights should be enshrined in the state constitution and recreational marijuana should be legal, an email from the court suggested Thursday night.

FL Supreme Court frustrates hopes for rulings on abortion-rights, recreational cannabis amendments
By Michael Moline, Florida Phoenix
Related: FL Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion-rights referendum imminent, but late argument arises
Suspense over the future of the proposed abortion-rights state constitutional amendment deepened Thursday when the Florida Supreme Court let the day pass without ruling on whether the measure can appear on the November ballot.

Some Democrats see ‘political games’ in Florida Supreme Court delay
By Jacob Ogles, Florida Politics
The political world is anxiously awaiting decisions on whether two constitutional amendments will appear on ballots this Fall. But with an April 1 deadline looming, the Florida Supreme Court released no news Thursday.

Abortion access, marijuana ballot measures face make-or-break court rulings in Florida
By John Kennedy, Capital Bureau USA Today Network-Florida
Two separate ballot measures that would safeguard abortion access in Florida and legalize recreational marijuana are approaching a make-or-break deadline with the state’s Supreme Court.

Here’s when we’ll know the fate of Florida’s abortion, marijuana amendments
By Romy Ellenbogen, Tampa Bay Times
Floridians will soon find out whether they’ll get to vote on allowing recreational marijuana and expanding abortion access.


U.S. Supreme Court justices seem skeptical of limits on access to abortion medication
By Jennifer Shutt, Stats Newsroom
Related AP story: Supreme Court seems likely to preserve access to the abortion medication mifepristone
The future of medication abortion access in the United States went in front of the U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday, where several justices appeared somewhat skeptical as anti-abortion organizations argued use of the pharmaceutical should be moved back to what was in place before 2016.

Supreme Court abortion case brings 19th century chastity law to the forefront
By Tierney Sneed, CNN
References from conservative justices to a long-dormant chastity law during the Supreme Court’s arguments in a major abortion pill case this week are bringing new attention to the 19th century statute, which prohibits the mailing of drugs used for abortions among other “obscene, lewd, lascivious” or “indecent” materials.

The Endgame in the Battle Over Abortion
By Mary Ziegler, Politico
To many Americans, the notion that a court could effectively shut down in vitro fertilization in Alabama came as a shock. But such a ruling was only a matter of time after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade.

‘This is D-Day’: Abortion measures could be on the ballot in almost a dozen states in 2024
By Savannah Kuchar, USA Today
Activists battling to protect abortion rights have found their arena of choice: the voting booth.

Louisiana Legislature won’t let voters reconsider abortion ban
By Julie O’Donoghue, States Newsroom
State lawmakers voted down a proposal Monday that would have let voters decide whether to enshrine the right to reproductive services — including abortion, contraception and fertility treatment — in the state constitution.

Self-managed abortions increased by about 26,000 after Dobbs decision, study shows
By Elisha Brown, States Newsroom
Self-managed abortions rose by more than 26,000 in the six months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade nearly two years ago, according to a peer-reviewed study published Monday in JAMA, the American Medical Association’s journal.