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Wisconsin's Evers proposes pathway for abortion vote Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, who is making abortion rights a central focus of his reelection campaign, called Wednesday for a special session of the Republican-controlled Legislature to pass a measure creating a way for voters to repeal the state's 1849 abortion ban. It’s the latest move by Evers to put pressure on Republicans over abortion and keep the issue in the spotlight ahead of the election. Polls have repeatedly shown that a majority of Wisconsin residents support abortion rights. Evers is in…

THE ‘BATTLEGROUND’ WEEKLY WRAP UP - THE LATEST ON ABORTION IN AMERICA

Lindsay Graham introduces nationwide 15-week abortion ban Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced a Federal nationwide abortion ban on Tuesday, sending shockwaves through both parties and igniting fresh debate on how Republicans are going to handle the issue on the campaign trail, weeks before the midterm elections that will determine control of Congress. Just as many Republicans are attempting to scrub their sites of anti-abortion rhetoric - in acknowledgement of how unpopular abortion bans are with their consitutents - Graham is trying to center it in the election. Graham’s own Party…

THE ‘BATTLEGROUND’ WEEKLY WRAP UP - THE LATEST ON ABORTION IN AMERICA

South Carolina House rejects total abortion ban before passing bill with narrow exceptions The South Carolina House on Tuesday approved a bill that outlaws abortion except in the cases of pregnancies caused by rape or incest, and to prevent death of the pregnant person. The chamber initially rejected the bill without rape or incest exceptions by eight votes. But once Republicans saw the outcome, they quickly went through a number of complex procedures and votes to bring the bill back and pass it. This bill is being advanced while the…

THE ‘BATTLEGROUND’ WEEKLY WRAP UP - THE LATEST ON ABORTION IN AMERICA

The fall of Roe v. Wade leads to new anti-abortion bans enacted in Idaho, Tennessee and Texas, which already had strict abortion restrictions. Near-total bans on abortion went into effect in Idaho, Tennesee and Texas overnight on Thursday, bringing the number of states where abortion has become illegal or been severely restricted to 14 since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. So-called trigger bans are state laws that were created to automatically ban abortion if Roe fell at the federal level. Many such bans, including in Kentucky, Louisiana and…

THE ‘BATTLEGROUND’ WEEKLY WRAP UP - THE LATEST ON ABORTION IN AMERICA

Georgia State Court Maintains 6-Week Abortion Ban A few weeks ago on the blog, we discussed the abortion providers’ lawsuit seeking to block Georgia’s 6-week abortion ban while their case against it was proceeding. This week, a state court in Fulton, Georgia declined to block the ban, allowing the state to continue criminalizing essential abortion care services. The ban denies abortion two weeks after a person’s first missed period, before many even know they are pregnant.  The decision only denies Georgians immediate emergency relief while the case proceeds, and advocates…

THE ‘BATTLEGROUND’ WEEKLY WRAP UP - THE LATEST ON ABORTION IN AMERICA

Healthcare Providers Seek To Block Florida’s 15-Week Abortion Ban This week, healthcare providers in Florida have been working to block the state’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks, and are requesting that the Florida Supreme Court review the case after meaningful avenues to block the 15-week ban have been repeatedly dismissed in lower courts. The plaintiffs argue that the ban, which criminalizes essential abortion care and the people who provide it, violates the state constitution and causes irreperable harm to Floridians. In a move that directly contradicted its past decisions,…

THE ‘BATTLEGROUND’ WEEKLY WRAP UP - THE LATEST ON ABORTION IN AMERICA

Kansans Vote To Protect Abortion Rights A couple of weeks ago on the blog, we discussed the Kansas vote on abortion, the first vote to put abortion rights in the hands of the public. In a moment of victory and relief for pro-choice activists and advocates, the state voted overwhelmingly to protect their reproductive rights on August 2. Rachel Sweet, campaign manager for Kansas For Constitutional Freedom, said: "The people of Kansas have spoken… They think that abortion should be safe, legal and accessible in the state of Kansas." In…

THE ‘BATTLEGROUND’ WEEKLY WRAP UP - THE LATEST ON ABORTION IN AMERICA

New Lawsuit Challenges Georgia’s Six-Week Abortion Ban Last week on the blog, we discussed the six-week abortion ban that took immediate effect in Georgia. Now, one week later on July 26th, a coalition of doctors and pro-choice advocates have filed a lawsuit challenging the six-week ban.  The lawsuit argues that the six-week ban goes against Georgia’s commitment to the right to privacy by allowing prosecutors to access Georgian’s private medical records without due process. Additionally, the lawsuit argues, the six-week ban clearly violated federal constitutional precedent when it was originally…

THE ‘BATTLEGROUND’ WEEKLY WRAP UP - THE LATEST ON ABORTION IN AMERICA

Georgia’s Six-Week Abortion Ban Takes Effect Immediately This week, on July 20, Georgia’s 11th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the passing of the state’s six-week abortion ban, which had previously been deemed unconstitutional and blocked since 2019. The court did not wait the usual 28 days for an official mandate to be issued. The ban goes into effect immediately, and many Georgians will be blocked from legal access to abortion care before they even know they are pregnant. A joint statement from the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of…

THE ‘BATTLEGROUND’ WEEKLY WRAP UP - THE LATEST ON ABORTION IN AMERICA

State Updates Last week on the blog, we covered the string of lawsuits being filed by pro-choice lawyers and reproductive care organizations with the aim of keeping abortion care accessible for as long as possible in the wake of ‘trigger bans’ in many states. These lawsuits have continued to develop over the past few days, and this week, bans have been temporarily blocked in Louisiana and Arizona.  Jenny Ma, Center for Reproductive Rights senior staff attorney, said, “This is an incredible relief for people who need abortion care right now…

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