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 South Carolina Supreme Court is blocking the state’s 6-week ban from taking effect.

Read more here: NBC News

New Mexico to build abortion clinic near Texas border after Roe decision

New Mexico’s governor earmarked $10m in public funds on Wednesday for a reproductive healthcare clinic to meet an expected rise in demand for abortions from women traveling from neighboring states that have banned the procedure.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order for the clinic to be built in southern New Mexico’s Doña Ana county, bordering Texas, where abortion has been outlawed in almost all cases since their trigger law went into effect on August 25th.

Read more here: The Guardian

Michigan election board rejects abortion rights initiative

A Michigan elections board on Wednesday rejected an abortion rights initiative after its two Republican board members voted against putting the proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

The two Democrats on the Board of State Canvassers voted in favor, but getting the measure on the ballot required at least three votes of the four-member board. The Reproductive Freedom for All campaign, which gathered signatures to get the measure on the ballot, is expected to appeal to the Democratic-leaning Michigan Supreme Court in the coming days and expressed confidence it would prevail.

Read more here: AP News

BATTLEGROUND Picked Up by Abramorama and Roco Films Prior to Awards Run

Did you hear the news? We’re excited to announce that Abramorama and Roco Films are bringing ‘Battleground’ to theaters across the US from October 7th. 

Schools, organizations and corporations – you too can host a screening to spark conversation in your network, either in person or virtually, and help to educate and engage a powerful community of changemakers. Keep an eye out for more information in the coming weeks to find out how to get involved. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

“We are at a profound turning point in American history, when people are grappling with the devastating reality of living in a post-Roe nation. Alongside Abramorama, ROCO and our impact teams, I am thrilled to bring Battleground to audiences across America, to underscore just how much is at stake in the upcoming election and what the loss of abortion rights mean for us all. This film and campaign is about the erosion of our democracy—and what it will take to win it back.” – Cynthia Lowen, director and producer of Battleground.

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