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The Florida Supreme Court decides whether a 15-week abortion ban is constitutional

The Florida Supreme Court agreed to hear a lawsuit filed against the state’s new law. The 15-week restriction remains in place as legal challenges unfold.

Politico: Florida Supreme Court agrees to challenge 15-week abortion law

The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to launch a legal challenge to Florida’s 15-week abortion ban, one of the most controversial measures passed during the 2022 legislature. The case the Supreme Court upheld revolves around a lawsuit brought by Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and a handful of abortion providers challenging the recently passed law. They argued that the Florida Constitution protects the right to abortion. (Dixon, 1/23)

Abortion Updates from New Mexico, Connecticut, Utah, Maine, and Montana —

AP: New Mexico AG is trying to codify abortion rights, overturn bans

New Mexico’s Supreme Court on Monday asked the state Supreme Court to overturn abortion ordinances enacted by local elected officials in conservative corners of the Democratic-led state. Attorney General Raúl Torrez urged the court to intervene against recent ordinances that he says exceed local government authority to regulate access to health care and violate the state’s constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process. (Bryan and Lee, 24/1)

The CT mirror: Lamont proposes allowing CT pharmacists to prescribe birth control

Connecticut would join the growing list of states that allow pharmacists to prescribe hormonal birth control pills under a proposal Gov. Ned Lamont announced Monday on the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The legislative proposal came on the first anniversary of the landmark abortion rights ruling, as it was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, returning control of access to abortion to the states. (Pazniokas, 23/1)

Salt Lake Tribune: ‘Expression of Unchecked Power’: Court may soon be forced to uphold Utah’s abortion ban

Republicans in the legislature are one step closer to ending a blockade on their abortion trigger law in district court after the Utah House voted to change rules regarding when a judge can issue an injunction. The joint resolution, introduced by Rep. Brady Brammer, R-Pleasant Grove, aims to retroactively eliminate a judge’s power to grant a preliminary injunction unless a case has a “substantial chance” of success. (Anderson Stern, 1/23)

Bangor Daily News: Janet Mills said she didn’t want changes to the abortion law, then proposed them

Both Democratic governor and former governor Paul LePage were frequently questioned on the former topic following the US Supreme Court’s summer decision to overturn federal abortion rights. But it was LePage, an anti-abortion Republican, who sparked the most memorable exchanges, including when he vowed to veto a 15-week ban if his party brought one to him. (Shepherd and Marino Jr., 1/23)

KHN: As states try to limit abortions, Montana wants to redefine what is medically necessary

Montana’s conservative leaders, who have been barred by the courts from passing laws imposing significant statewide abortion restrictions, are seeking to tighten the state’s Medicaid rules to make it harder for low-income women to get abortions. to undergo. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services proposes defining when an abortion is medically necessary, limiting who can perform such services, and requiring prior consent in most cases. (Houghton, 24/1)

CNN: Department of Justice to monitor new anti-abortion laws in state legislatures

Upcoming state-level efforts to further restrict access to abortion will be on the radar of the US Justice Department, top DOJ officials said Monday, praising the work the Biden administration has been trying to do to limit access. to strengthen abortion in the wake of the Supreme Court rulings. Roe v. Wade reversal last year. “We’ve obviously been very active in following what’s happening in the states and locally, and given that most of the state’s legislatures are now meeting again, we’ll continue to do that and look at any laws that conflict with on federal protections,” said Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, who heads a divisional task force on reproductive rights created after the Supreme Court decision. (Sneed, 1/23)

From Oregon, Missouri, Idaho and elsewhere –

AP: Oregon launches abortion hotline with free legal advice

Oregon is launching a new abortion hotline that offers free legal advice to callers to further defend access to abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last summer, lifting federal protections for the procedure. The state’s Justice Department announced the initiative on Monday. It is modeled on similar hotlines launched by the New York and Delaware attorneys general, as states where abortion remains legal have seen an increase in patients traveling from areas where the procedure is banned or restricted. (Emergency, 24/1)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Metro East Center served more than 5,000 abortion patients in first year, says report

A year ago, on what was the 49th anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade decision, the two Metro East abortion providers announced an initiative to help patients forced to travel long distances because of increasingly restrictive policies in their own states. The new Regional Logistics Center would help patients cover childcare costs, travel and missing work, according to Planned Parenthood and the Hope Clinic. (Munz, 1/20)

ABC News: Idaho woman shares 19-day miscarriage on TikTok, says state abortion laws prevented her from getting care

An Idaho woman who documented her 19-day miscarriage on social media said it took her days to get care because of the state’s strict abortion laws. Carmen Broesder, 35, of Nampa — 20 miles west of Boise — a mother of a child was just six weeks pregnant when she miscarried on Dec. 8. However, she said it was eight days before she was given medication to manage her pain and remove embryonic tissue, and a few more days before the miscarriage is over. (Kekatos, 1/21)

KHN: Watch: Fifty years after ‘Roe’, the fight for abortion rights shifts to the United States

Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade, which granted federal constitutional protection to the right to seek an abortion. Last year, a very different Supreme Court overturned Roe, erasing that federal right for women in the United States and instead giving individual states broad authority to regulate and restrict abortion within their borders. In this report, co-produced by PBS NewsHour, KHN senior correspondent Sarah Varney joins “PBS News Weekend” anchor John Yang to discuss how abortion opponents and supporters are taking their campaigns to the states, the impact of abortion bans on medical care for women, and the emerging conflicts over medication for abortion pills. (Varney, 24/1)

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