Reproductive Rights News Roundup – May 31st 2024


Florida’s 6-week abortion ban increases wait times in other states, study says
By Gabrielle Russon, Florida Politics
Wait times at abortion clinics in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and Washington, D.C., rose by about 30% since Florida’s six-week abortion went into effect May 1, according to a new Washington Post story.

Abortion ruling strips away Floridians’ liberty
By Rachel Humphrey, Orlando Sentinel
One day after the State of Florida implemented its six-week abortion ban on Wednesday, May 1, the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) issued “emergency rules,” purporting to clarify what exceptions are acceptable under this near-total ban.

Majority of Asian voters oppose Florida’s 6-week abortion ban, survey says
By Gabrielle Russon, Florida Politics
About 61% of Florida Asian and Pacific Islander registered voters opposed the state’s new six-week abortion ban, according to a new survey released five months before a statewide abortion rights initiative is on the ballot.

God and Amendment 4: How religion plays into Florida’s abortion debate
By Gabrielle Russon, Florida Politics
When Roe v. Wade fell, Rabbi Rachel Greengrass fought back. At holiday celebrations, Shabbat services, whenever they could, her congregation collected 1,800 petitions to help get abortion rights on the ballot this November.

Florida’s Fight To Uphold Abortion Ballot Initiative’s Financial Impact Statement
By Danielle Shockey, Tampa Free Press
The state of Florida has found itself embroiled in a legal battle over the financial impact statement that would accompany a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at ensuring abortion rights.

In Florida, Democrats Hope Abortion Will Revive Their Fortunes
By Mara Gay, New York Times
On the Miami River recently, a parade of gleaming white pleasure boats cruised through the city.

Marco Rubio, Gus Bilirakis make ecological argument against abortion pill
By A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics
Republican legislators, including two from Florida, claim an abortion pill has a “potential negative environmental impact” and are demanding a federal review of the medicine.

DeSantis approves bill allowing parents to give up babies up to 30 days old
By Jackie Llanos, Florida Phoenix
Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that will allow parents to surrender children up to 30 days old without criminal consequences.

Florida to allow doctors to perform C-sections outside hospitals
By Phil Galewitz, KFF Health News
Florida has become the first state to allow doctors to perform cesarean sections outside of hospitals, siding with a private equity-owned physicians group that says the change will lower costs and give pregnant women the homier birthing atmosphere that many desire.

New maternity care center in Lauderdale Lakes aims to reduce premature births
By Verónica Zaragovia, WLRN Miami
The Maternity Care Center andHeart Community Resource Center in Lauderdale Lakes recently opened its doors in response to an alarming medical issue in this city’s largely Black community:

Abortion Bounties, Penalties on Women: Florida Kingmaker’s Candidate Questionnaire
By Tessa Stuart, Rolling Stone
The influential Florida Family Policy Council, a fixture in Tallahassee since its founding in 2004, likes to claim credit for such political triumphs as the state law banning gay marriage, defunding Planned Parenthood, and forcing the state board of education to teach students evolution is merely a theory, not a fact.


These U.S. Supreme Court cases could affect abortion access nationwide
By Charlotte Rene Woods, States Newsroom
How much access should a person have to abortion pills? And should doctors in states with abortion bans be able to perform the procedure during medical emergencies?

Trump says he won’t ‘ban’ birth control. Here’s what he may do instead.
By Alice Miranda Ollstein and Megan Messerly, Politico
Donald Trump says he won’t ban birth control if he returns to the White House. But he could make it a lot harder to get.

Trump’s musing on birth control restrictions is a red flag in post-Roe reality
By Isadora Rangel, Miami Herald
When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in a concurrent opinion that his colleagues also “should reconsider” other rulings that codified rights to access contraception, among others.

Texas GOP Appears To Put Death Penalty For Abortion Patients On 2024 Wish List
By Alanna Vagianos, HuffPost
The Republican Party of Texas is considering a platform that appears to endorse the death penalty for abortion providers and patients.

The Unlikely Women Fighting for Abortion Rights
By Kate Zernike, New York Times
For a long time, many women who had abortions because of catastrophic fetal diagnoses told their stories only privately.

Forced sterilizations for people with disabilities decried by members of Congress
By Jennifer Shutt, States Newsroom
Three members of Congress introduced a resolution Thursday that’s intended to bring attention to the experiences and challenges people with disabilities face when it comes to reproductive rights.