The Florida Supreme Court will rule on whether a 15-week abortion ban is constitutional

The Florida Supreme Court agreed to hear a lawsuit challenging the state’s new law. The 15-week restriction remains in place while the legal challenges expire.

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

The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to challenge Florida’s 15-week abortion ban, which was one of the most controversial measures passed during the 2022 legislative session. The case, upheld by the Supreme Court, centers on a lawsuit brought by Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and a handful of abortion providers who are challenging the recently passed law. They argued that the Florida Constitution protects abortion rights. (Dixon, 1/23)

Abortion updates from New Mexico, Connecticut, Utah, Maine and Montana –

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

New Mexico’s chief attorney on Monday asked the state Supreme Court to overturn abortion ordinances made by local elected officials in conservative circles in the Democrat-led state. Attorney General Raúl Torrez asked the court to challenge recent ordinances, which he says go beyond local government agencies to regulate access to health care and violate state constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process. (Bryan and Lee, 1/24)

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

Connecticut would join the growing list of states that will allow pharmacists to prescribe hormonal birth control pills under a proposal that Gov. Ned Lamont proposed Monday to mark the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade announced. The proposed legislation came on the first anniversary of the landmark abortion rights ruling since it was overturned by the US Supreme Court, returning control of abortion access to the states. (Pazniokas, 23.1.)

Salt Lake Tribune: ‘Expression of uncontrolled power’: Court may soon be forced to reconsider Utah’s abortion ban

Republicans in the Legislature are one step closer to ending a ban on their abortion law in district court after the Utah House voted to change the rules on when a judge can issue a restraining order. The joint resolution, introduced by Rep. Brady Brammer, of R-Pleasant Grove, aims to retroactively remove a judge’s ability to issue an injunction unless a case has a “significant likelihood” for success. (Anderson Stern, 1/23)

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

Both Democratic Gov. and former Gov. Paul LePage were often asked about the first issue after the US Supreme Court ruled in the summer to overturn state abortion rights. But it was LePage, an anti-abortion Republican, who made for the most memorable exchange, including when he vowed to veto a 15-week ban if his party brought one to him. (Schäfer and Marino Jr., 1/23)

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

Montana’s conservative leaders, barred by the courts from passing legislation imposing significant statewide abortion restrictions, are trying to tighten the state’s Medicaid rules to make it harder for low-income women to obtain abortions. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services proposes defining when an abortion is medically necessary, restricting who can provide such services, and requiring prior authorization for most cases. (Houghton, 24.1.)

CNN: Justice Department oversees new anti-abortion laws in state legislatures

Upcoming state-level moves to further restrict abortion access will be on the U.S. Department of Justice’s radar, senior DOJ officials said Monday as they touted the work the Biden administration has been trying to do to improve access Abortion support in the wake of Supreme Court Roe v. Wade reversal last year. “We’ve obviously been very actively monitoring what’s happening at the state and local levels, and with most state legislatures now coming back into session, we will continue to do so and look at any legislation that may pass and that will go against them violate federal protections,” said Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, who heads a departmental reproductive rights task force 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 offering free legal advice to callers to further defend abortion access after US Supreme Court Roe v. Wade overturned last summer and removed federal protection for the process. The state Department of Justice announced this on Monday. It is modeled on similar hotlines set up by the Attorneys General of New York and Delaware, as states where abortion remains legal have seen an increase in the number of patients traveling from areas where the procedure has been banned or restricted . (Rush, 1/24)

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

A year ago, on the 49th anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade, the two Metro East abortion providers announced an initiative to help patients who are forced to travel long distances due to increasingly restrictive guidelines in their own states. The new regional logistics center would help patients cover the cost of childcare, travel and missing work, Planned Parenthood and the Hope Clinic said. (coin, 1/20)

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

An Idaho woman who documented her 19-day miscarriage on social media said it took days before she could receive treatment because of the state’s strict abortion laws. Carmen Broesder, 35, of Nampa — 20 miles west of Boise — a mother of one, was just six weeks pregnant when she began miscarrying on December 8. However, she said it was eight days before she was given medication to manage her pain and expel embryonic tissue, and several more days before the miscarriage ended. (Kekatus, 21.1.)

KHN: Watch: Fifty years after “Roe,” the fight for abortion rights is shifting to the States

Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade, which gave federal constitutional protection to abortion rights. Last year, a very different Supreme Court overturned Roe, erasing that federal right for women in the United States and instead giving individual states sweeping powers to regulate and restrict abortion within their borders. In this report co-produced by PBS NewsHour, KHN correspondent Sarah Varney and PBS News Weekend host John Yang discuss how pro-life and anti-abortion campaigners are taking their campaigns to the states, the impact of abortion bans on women’s health care, and the emerging Conflicts over medicated abortion pills. (Varney, 1/24)

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