U.S. Abortion Upheaval Clouds International Family Planning Aid

A group of senators are concerned about US-funded family planning programs overseas and the potential negative impact of the changing landscape of US abortion laws. Other abortion news is reported out of the states.

The Guardian: Biden urged to clarify overseas abortion assistance not affected by Roe V Wade ruling

A group of senators on Thursday sent a letter to Samantha Power, director of the US Agency for International Development, asking her to clear up the “confusion” and make it clear to aid recipients that the changing landscape of the right to abortion in the United States does not affect USAID. support for “the full range of family planning and reproductive health care services” authorized by law. … Reproductive rights advocates say the 1973 Helms Amendment — which limits foreign aid for abortion — has resulted in several thousand preventable maternal deaths since its passage, disproportionately affecting brown and black women in poor countries and undermining health systems that depend on American support. (Yacht, 8/12)

In the latest developments in Iowa, Florida and Utah –

Iowa Public Radio: Reynolds asks district court to reinstate six-week abortion ban

Governor Kim Reynolds has filed a motion asking a district court to lift an injunction on a 2018 law that would ban abortions at around six weeks of pregnancy. (Krebs, 11/8)

Bloomberg: ACLU asks Florida Supreme Court to review 15-week abortion ban

Healthcare providers backed by the American Civil Liberties Union have asked the Florida Supreme Court to review their challenge to the new ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, which went into effect July 1. (Larson, 8/11)

Salt Lake Tribune: AG’s office asks Utah Supreme Court for permission to appeal abortion trigger law

A month after a district court judge granted a preliminary injunction on Utah’s abortion-inducing law, the attorney general’s office is asking the Utah Supreme Court to allow it to appeal the suspension of SB174. (Anderson Stern, 8/11)

In other abortion news from Nebraska, Illinois, Tennessee, Virginia and Tribal Lands –

The Washington Post: Facebook had no choice but to turn over data in Nebraska abortion case

Facebook came under political scrutiny this week after it was revealed that the company had turned over private messages between a young woman and her mother to authorities in Nebraska investigating the death and killing of a fetus. The #DeleteFacebook hashtag was trending on Twitter as activists denounced the social media giant’s role in pursuing what looked very much like a young woman’s efforts to end her pregnancy. Faced with the pushback, Facebook said the search warrant they received did not mention abortion, but declined to say how the company would have responded had it been clear the case was about abortion. (Nix and Dwoskin, 8/12)

NPR: Clinics in neighboring states team up to provide abortion care

The Waukegan clinic is Planned Parenthood of Illinois’ busiest clinic for out-of-state abortion patients. After Roe’s fall, 60% of patients came to this clinic from out of state, mostly Wisconsin. In fact, the organization opened its doors in Waukegan two years ago with Wisconsin in mind, knowing that if Roe v. Wade were to fall, access to abortion in that state would drop dramatically. (Schorsch, 8/11)

KHN: Abortion is just the final dividing line between twin cities of Bristol and Bristol

The community of Bristol is proud to straddle the border between two states. Tennessee flags fly on the south side of State Street, Virginia flags on the north side. A series of plaques in the middle of the main downtown thoroughfare mark the division of the Twin Cities. A large sign at the end of town reminds everyone that they are right on the state line. (Whitehead, 8/12)

Mother Jones: Abortion was already inaccessible on the reserved lands. Dobbs made things worse

Native American tribes are sovereign nations that have a government-to-government relationship with the United States. Tribes have the right to make many laws on their lands and for their citizens – and in theory, this right applies to making decisions about health care, including abortion. But in practice, decades of state and federal laws have limited the ability of tribal nations to provide reproductive health services, leaving natives with disproportionate barriers to abortion access. In a post-Roe world, barriers to abortion access on tribal lands have only grown worse. (Hofstaedter, 8/12)

On the 2022 elections —

Stateline: Abortion ballot measures seen as critical — but tricky — Strategy

Two more initiatives opposing abortion rights and three supporting it are due to be voted on in November – the highest number recorded in a single year. And state lawmakers and advocates are already plotting ballot initiatives in a handful of states for the 2023 and 2024 elections. But legal and policy experts on both sides of the issue remain wary of what Kansas’ vote could mean for future elections in the rest of the country. (Vestal, 8/11)

Indy Star: Indiana Abortion Law: Here’s How It Could Impact the 2024 General Election

Less than a day after Indiana’s near-total abortion ban was passed, Democrats called on an Indiana Republican candidate in one of the state’s most competitive districts for having changed its website: Fred Glynn, who leads Carmel’s House District 32. , deleted a line stating that he believed that life begins at conception. (Lange, 8/12)

The New York Times: Progressives Urge Democrats to Fight for Freedom, Too

Democrats at all levels of the party and of various ideological stripes — including President Biden, abortion rights activists in Kansas and, now, a constellation of leftist groups — are increasingly seeking to reclaim the language on the liberty and personal freedom of the Republicans. It’s a dynamic that grew out of the reversal of Roe v. Wade in June, and escalating as more states circumvent abortion bans while Republicans appoint Holocaust deniers to high office. (Glueck, 8/12)

How abortion is depicted in pop culture and different religions –

Vox: On-Screen Abortion: Why Hollywood Keeps Getting It Wrong

We are a screen-soaked culture, which means that what we see on TV and in movies often serves as the setting for looking at the world around us. This is certainly true for abortion. It is still rare to see an abortion depicted, and even rarer to see it in a situation that matches the circumstances of most abortions in America; research has found that the most common abortion patient is a young, low-income single mother without a college degree who is seeking an abortion for the first time. The majority of abortion patients in America are non-white. Still, this is not the average representation. And it affects not only what people think about abortion, but also how viewers treat people seeking abortions, as well as their views on public policy. (Wilkinson, 8/9)

PBS NewsHour: Religious leaders discuss how their religions are tackling the controversial issue of abortion

While many say the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is the answer to decades of prayer some religious leaders fear their religious rights will be violated under new abortion restrictions. Amna Nawaz spoke with three religious leaders about how their religions approach the issue of abortion. (Nawaz and Couzens, 8/11)

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