Abortion

  • In a ruling that one legal activist said will put LGBT rights “on the chopping block,” the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 ruled 6 to 3 that the U.S. Constitution “does not prohibit” states from banning abortion.

  • Dear Justice Thomas, I write this letter as an elected city commissioner in Fort Lauderdale, Florida who every day works to ensure the health, happiness, and safety of our citizens.

  • (WB) President Biden on Jan. 28 axed the so-called global gag rule, a Reagan-era order that restricts U.S. funding and assistance to overseas organizations that offered abortions.

  • (WB) President Biden on Friday signed an executive order protecting access to reproductive health care services.

  • A right that Americans have had for over five decades was snatched away when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade June 24, the ultimate attack on abortion rights that has slowly been peeled away across the country.

  • On Tuesday, Florida state Rep. Joe Gruters, a former co-chair for Trump’s Florida campaign, filed a proposal that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks, Mother Jones reports.

    The bill is titled the “Florida Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” arguing that it is a necessary protection because at 20 weeks’ fetuses can feel pain, a claim which the report is quick to note, has been widely refuted by scientific research.

    The 20-week abortion ban has passed in Ohio and Kentucky and is being proposed in Florida and Virginia.

    If passed, the law would make performing an abortion after 20 weeks a third-degree felony, unless a “serious health risk” otherwise endangers the mother. Doctors would also be required to report all abortions to the state health department. And mothers and father of the unborn would be allowed to sue abortion providers for legal or punitive damages.

    The proposal also establishes a legal defense fund, to be financed with taxpayer money and private donations to cover the costs for defending against any challenges to the bill.

    The text of the bill is available at https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/0203

    Meanwhile, an abortion law approved last year by governor Rick Scott, is being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, the Naples Herald reports.

    Jan. 27, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle will hear a request from the ACLU for an injunction against the law which requires anyone who counsels women on abortion to explain the procedure, and offer alternatives before making referrals or offering assistance in obtaining an abortion.

    The ACLU of Florida cites that the law does not make distinctions among the types of counsel women might pursue when considering an abortion or abortion alternatives. These types of counsel include legal services, religious services, advocacy organizations, domestic violence shelters, centers for survivors of sexual assault, community organizers, among others.

     “A woman considering an abortion may consult with any number of people in making her decision,” said Nancy Abudu, ACLU Florida’s legal director, in a statement.

    “This ill-conceived law criminalizes the intimate conversations a woman has with her support network. The law not only forces people to provide information they may not be qualified to provide, it clearly intends to bully and intimidate women’s trusted advisors with a vague and complicated bureaucratic process, under the threat of criminal charges.”

    These groups and individuals would then be required to register with the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (ACHA) as an “abortion referral or counseling agency” with all the obligations, restrictions, and penalties that such a designation entails.

    “This law is classic viewpoint discrimination: it restricts speakers only when they assist a woman seeking abortion care; it imposes no restrictions when speakers, including the plaintiffs in this case, assist a woman in carrying to term,” said Talcott Camp, deputy director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. 

    “By targeting people and organizations that provide compassionate counseling, advice and referrals, this law can only serve to isolate a woman seeking help.  This isolation is particularly threatening for minors, who, under this law, cannot seek advice or help from their pastors or from service organization without triggering a parental notification requirement with no exceptions, even for minors who are victims of abuse.” 

  • After Texas passed a law that severely restricts abortions, the Fort Lauderdale City Commission passed a resolution asking for cities to join in the fight to oppose it.

  • They chanted. They waved signs. They refused to accept the seemingly inevitable.

  • At the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama achieved celebrity with his unifying speech.

  • A purported draft of what is believed to be the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on whether to overturn a long-standing decision protecting the right to abortion not only indicates the court will overturn that decision – Roe v. Wade — but also that it is poised to overturn landmark pro-LGBT decisions.

  • In 1989, I was part of the March for Women’s Lives in Washington, DC, as abortion rights were at risk of being overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Many right-wingers are applauding the Texas law that bans abortions before many women even know they are pregnant.

  • LGBT leaders will take part in a panel “For Better or Worse in Post-Roe in the U.S. - A Vow to Protect LGBTQ+ Equality” August 16 in Wilton Manors and August 17 in Miami. 

  • Roe v. Wade may have been overturned this morning, but the community has a message: this is not over.

  • The primary issue before the U.S. Supreme Court Dec. 1 was abortion, but a swirl of other critical questions drew the justices’ attention.

  • Wrapped in a bisexual pride flag, a 13-year-old was arrested in Lakeland during a pro-choice protest on July 4.

  • (LA Blade) The Justice Department announced Tuesday the establishment of the Reproductive Rights Task Force.