Abortion rights leaders set focus on access, medication — and the long fight ahead

The presidents of Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America both say that they’re alarmed at attempts to decrease access to medication abortion and that they see young people as key to their ability to change policy in the long term.

Grace Panetta, Political reporter
January 23, 2023

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Two of the most prominent leaders in the abortion rights movement told The 19th they’re preparing to tackle future abortion bans and restrictions at the state level, efforts to undermine medication abortion and abortion access deserts as the United States enters its first full year without Roe v. Wade.

Lawmakers, officials and leading abortion rights advocates gathered in Tallahassee for a speech by Vice President Kamala Harris and an accompanying rally hosted by Planned Parenthood on Sunday. They were marking the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe decision that established a federal right to abortion — one that was struck down last June. Advocates said the speech’s location in Florida’s capital drew attention to Republican lawmakers’ plans to pass additional abortion restrictions in their 2023 legislative session.

Continued: https://19thnews.org/2023/01/abortion-leaders-focus-medication-access-policy/

Post-Roe v. Wade Fears Realized As Trump Judge Approves Contraception Suit


Abortion rights groups have raised concerns that a Donald Trump-nominated federal judge approving an anti-contraception lawsuit is proof the GOP will go further restricting the procedure post Roe v. Wade.

Matthew Kacsmaryk, a judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, recently issued an opinion on the case of Deanda v. Becerra, a lawsuit filed by a Christian father hoping to block the Title X federal program.

Continued: https://www.newsweek.com/roe-wade-abortion-contraception-trump-judge-1767714

Abortion-rights groups prepare for more battles following 2022 victories

By Sara Burnett, Associated Press
Dec 1, 2022

CHICAGO (AP) — Emboldened by the results of November’s midterms, abortion rights supporters say they are preparing for even bigger fights in state legislatures and pivotal elections to come, including 2024 races for Congress and president.

Victories for abortion rights ballot measures and candidates who support abortion provided a roadmap for how to win future campaigns, Democrats and leaders of several organizations say. Mobilization efforts brought together women of different races, ages and ideologies who disagreed with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this summer to eliminate the constitutional right to abortion, forming more diverse and larger coalitions.

Continued: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/abortion-rights-groups-prepare-for-more-battles-following-2022-victories

USA – The new abortion rights spokesmen: Dudes, dads, and plumbers

Campaigns have to motivate men, too.

By Rachel M. Cohen
Oct 11, 2022

At 11:30 am on June 24, less than an hour after the US Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, Dave Portnoy, the controversial founder of Barstool Sports — a site dubbed the “Bible of Bro Culture” — posted a video to his 2 million followers on Twitter.  “We are literally going backwards in time,” he said in a self-described emergency press conference. “It makes no sense how anybody thinks it’s their right to tell a woman what to do with her body.”

Continued: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/23390955/men-pro-choice-messaging-abortion-rights

The Best Performing Videos About Abortion on YouTube Hate Abortion

A new study released by NARAL Pro-Choice America shows that medical disinformation was "frequently" among the top information a user would see.

By Caitlin Cruz
Sept 21, 2022

Right-leaning creators produced the majority of high-performing YouTube videos about abortion following the Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade. A study published Wednesday by NARAL Pro-Choice America found that medical disinformation—like claims that abortion is unsafe—are “frequently” in the first 10-20 results when you search for “abortion.”

“They put the desire to keep people clicking and watching over accurate information,” Dina Montemarano, NARAL Pro-Choice America research director, told Jezebel by Zoom.

Continued: https://jezebel.com/the-best-performing-videos-about-abortion-on-youtube-ha-1849565025

Exclusive: New Biden abortion rights push addresses both women and men

By Nandita Bose, Reuters
Aug 16, 2022

Cheered by a decisive win for abortion rights in a Kansas vote and eyeing November midterm elections, the White House is launching a push for abortion access that aims to influence men as well as women, sources with direct knowledge told Reuters.

The Biden administration's three-prong playbook leans on two specific federal statutes to target states that limit abortion, communicates to voters the impact on women, and accentuates how forced pregnancies negatively affect both women and men.


What President Biden’s executive order on abortion does not address

By Shirin Ali
July 8, 2022
President Biden attempted to preserve abortion access on Friday through executive action but stopped short of restoring full access to the procedure or preventing states from enacting their own restrictions or bans.

The executive order Biden signed empowers Health and Human Services (HHS) in a variety of ways, including the authority to protect and expand access to medication abortion — something the Department of Justice also warned states of, saying they cannot ban mifepristone, a drug used to aid in abortion, as it is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

On This July 4th, Abortion Rights Movement Says ‘We’re Not in the Mood for Fireworks’

"If we don’t have the ability to make decisions about if, when, and how to grow our families—we don't have freedom."

July 4, 2022

Under the banner "When women are not free, no one is free," reproductive rights defenders took to the streets of cities and towns across the United States on Monday for Independence Day abortion rights rallies in the wake of the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade.

"We don't feel free and we don't want to celebrate a country that is taking away rights," Aly Whitman, organizer of a protest in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, told the Lexington Herald Leader.

Continued: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/07/04/july-4th-abortion-rights-movement-says-were-not-mood-fireworks

USA – ’Abject failure’: Abortion rights movement fractures over post-Roe future

By James Oliphant

WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) - Badly stung by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on Friday, the abortion rights movement finds itself splintered, demoralized and faced with a startling landscape in which the procedure may be outlawed in half the country.

Angry grassroots activists are calling past efforts an “abject failure." They say national abortion rights advocacy groups were so consumed with winning federal elections they allowed conservatives to chip away at abortion rights through state-level legislation over decades.


Moving Backwards on Abortion Rights: Inside One Family’s Efforts to Expand Access

My Republican grandpa and Democratic mom both championed abortion rights as state lawmakers.

MAY 27, 2022

It’s an interesting time to be a woman in America. While scrolling Instagram to see the latest fashion updates from the Met Gala, you might suddenly see a cutesy graphic that lets you know that a leaked draft opinion reveals that the Supreme Court intends to overturn Roe v. Wade. The modern woman finds out that they’re losing their abortion rights via pretty pink font, perfectly primed to be reposted.

Although I was raised in a family that always saw me as a person capable of making decisions about my body, the Supreme Court of the United States does not. I am the daughter of a Colorado legislator and the granddaughter of a North Dakota legislator. Both have cast pro-choice votes in two different centuries. Now, in many parts of America, I will have fewer rights than either my mother or my grandfather could have ever imagined.

Continued: https://www.teenvogue.com/story/roe-abortion-access