Reproductive Rights News Roundup – June 28th 2024


US Supreme Court Idaho’s abortion decision keeps Florida doctors wondering about emergency care for pregnant women
By Cincy Krischer Goodman
South Florida Sun Sentinel
The battle over emergency abortion care going on in Idaho could easily happen in Florida, regardless of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday.

What the Supreme Court emergency abortion ruling does (and doesn’t) mean for Florida
By Romy Ellenbogen, Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a case questioning whether and when emergency abortions are required in states with abortion restrictions.

Abortion rights activists highlight Florida fight on anniversary of Roe v. Wade falling
By Gabrielle Russon, Florida Politics
On the two-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, Florida abortion rights activists are spotlighting their push to enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution this November.

Two years ago, the Supreme Court reversed Roe v Wade. Here’s how access to abortion in Florida has changed
By Cindy Krischer Goodman, South Florida Sun Sentinel
Monday marks the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, a ruling that removed federal protection for abortion rights and launched a new series of battles in Florida over access to reproductive care.

Two years after Roe v. Wade’s fall, Florida ‘frontline’ for abortion battle
By Forrest Saunders, WFTS Tampa Bay
Yes or no? Two years after the US Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision overturned national abortion protections under Roe v. Wade, the debate still rages here in Florida.

Three questions for Florida two years after Dobbs
By Kimberly Leonard, Politico
Florida lawmakers rolled back abortion’s legality to six weeks with limited exceptions in the two years since the Supreme Court struck down federal protections and let states decide abortion laws in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. But in November, Florida voters will get the final say.

Trump, Biden debate abortion as Florida prepares to decide constitutional amendment
By Gabriela Henriquez Stoikow, Miami Herald
In the first ever debate between a president and former president, Joe Biden and Donald Trump attacked each other over abortion Thursday night on CNN, with both distorting their opponent’s positions.

Nikki Fried says abortion makes health care an issue at the polls
By Christine Jordan Sexton, Florida Politics
On the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried is confident that this will be the year that health care will be a driving factor in the state’s elections.

Abortion-rights amendment backers raise $8 million in first half of June
By Jackie Llanos, Florida Phoenix
Floridians Protecting Freedom, the group behind the proposed amendment to enshrine abortion rights in the state Constitution, raised more than $8 million in the first half of June and has brought in $20 million since the amendment gained approval to appear on the ballot this November.

Abortion rights campaign is ready to go door to door across Florida
By Gabrielle Russon, Florida Politics
It took a grassroots effort to get the abortion rights initiative on the November ballot. Now, the Amendment 4 campaign, which raised nearly $12 million in April and May, is starting its first volunteer statewide canvassing drive this weekend.

A Broward man says abortion bans hurt his family. Two years since Dobbs, he’s fighting against them
By Stephanie Colombini, WUSF Tampa
Monday marks two years since the Dobbs decision, when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and ended decades-long federal protections for abortion. Since then, states like Florida have significantly restricted access to the procedure.

Giant inflatable IUD comes to Tallahassee as part of nationwide reproductive rights tour
By James Call, Tallahassee Democrat
The ‘IUD Express’ nationwide campaign tour stopped in Tallahassee Monday and put up a 20-foot-tall inflatable contraceptive device at Kleman Plaza, within sight of the state’s Capitol.

With giant IUD in background, lawmakers push for abortion rights in Tampa
By Mitch Perry, Florida Phoenix
A group of female Democratic lawmakers spoke up for reproductive rights on Friday in Tampa, just days before the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, which overturned Roe v. Wade, the case that for almost 50 years protected the constitutional right to abortion in the United States.

Abortion rights activists say reproductive healthcare is at risk
By Meghan Bowman, WMNF Tampa Bay
Today marks the second anniversary of the landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that overturned Roe v. Wade.

Catholic dioceses pump money into PAC fighting Florida’s proposed abortion amendment
Staff Report, News Service of Florida
A political committee fighting a proposed constitutional amendment on abortion rights raised $107,560 during the first two weeks of June, with a large part of the money coming from Catholic dioceses, a newly filed finance report shows.

Florida Democrats look to abortion referendum for help but may not find it
By Sabrina Rodriguez, Washington Post
On a recent weekday morning, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, the leading Democratic candidate to unseat Republican Sen. Rick Scott, corralled health-care workers in front of Jackson Memorial Hospital and made the pitch that has become central to her campaign: Floridians should vote to protect abortion rights in a referendum in November — and if they care about that, they should vote for her, too.

Jax NOW leaders: Florida voters must pass Amendment 4 to keep abortion safe and legal
By Kim Elmore and Nancy Staats
Florida Times-Union
Tomorrow marks two years exactly since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, erasing nearly 50 years of precedent for safe, legal abortion in our country. This ruling paved the way for individual states to remove abortion rights, which many — including Florida — promptly did.

Florida’s fight for reproductive freedom; overturning extremism at the ballot box
By Donna Shalala, Palm Beach Post
On May 1, a six-week abortion ban became the law in Florida under a State Supreme Court ruling that underscores just how out of touch the state’s extremist, conservative jurists and politicians are from their constituents.

An advocacy group expands to Florida to combat the Black maternal mortality rate
By Cathy Carter, WUSF Tampa
Black and Brown people in need of support during and after pregnancy can now get help in Florida.

From the Senate floor to your bedroom, pols hide anti-contraception, anti-IVF agenda
By Pat Beall, Orlando Sentinel
Ladies, we need to talk. And gentlemen? You may want to sit in. They are coming for our birth control. And our family’s IVF dreams. And sex in general.

Orlando abortion clinic fears closure after 6-week ban, seeks donations
By Caroline Catherman, Orlando Sentinel
One of Orlando’s two licensed abortion clinics is at risk of closure because of Florida’s six-week abortion ban, clinic leaders said on a GoFundMe page posted this week.


The Supreme Court allows emergency abortions in Idaho for now in a limited ruling
By Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press
The Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday for Idaho hospitals to provide emergency abortions for now in a procedural ruling that left key questions unanswered and could mean the issue ends up before the conservative-majority court again soon.

Why the Leaked SCOTUS Ruling Isn’t a Victory
By Jessica Valenti
Abortion, Every Day
Well this is unexpected! The Supreme Court accidentally released their decision in Moyle v. United States, and it appears that they are poised to allow emergency abortions in Idaho.

Inside the $100-million plan to restore abortion rights in America
By Alice Miranda Ollstein, Politico
A new coalition of abortion-rights groups is marking the second anniversary of the fall of Roe v. Wade with a pledge to spend $100 million to restore federal protections for the procedure and make it more accessible than ever before.

For both sides, abortion policy two years after Dobbs decision hinges on November
By Jennifer Shutt, States Newsroom
Exactly two years after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to an abortion, the battles rage among both advocates and lawmakers over the future of reproductive rights at the state and federal levels.

The First National Data on Birth Control Post-Dobbs Is Here, and the News Is Not Good
By Nina Martin, Mother Jones
In the wake of the June 2022 Supreme Court Dobbs decision, as dozens of abortion clinics shut down in states with total or near-total abortion bans, reproductive justice advocates warned that the closures wouldn’t just affect patients seeking to terminate their pregnancies.

Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords on Their IVF Journey: ‘Freedom to Start a Family Is Under Threat’ (Exclusive)
By Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords, People
Our lives changed forever on January 8th, 2011, when a gunman opened fire at a “Congress on Your Corner” event in Tucson.

Letters to the editor

Abortion should be a woman’s choice
By Phil Dunkle Orlando, Orlando Sentinel
Excerpt: Regardless of my personal opinion, I believe people should make their own moral choices. The decision to have an abortion should be made by the pregnant woman alone, not by me or certainly not by people of questionable moral character like Donald Trump, Clarence Thomas or Samuel Alito. This is why I am voting Yes on Amendment 4.