Indiana supreme court blocks state from enforcing abortion ban

The Indiana supreme court issued an order Wednesday that prevents the state from enforcing a Republican-backed abortion ban while it considers whether it violates the state constitution.

The supreme court took over the case after a county judge blocked the ban last month, spurring the attorney general to appeal the decision. The court denied a request from the state attorney general’s office to set aside the preliminary injunction, setting a hearing on the lawsuit filed by abortion clinic operators for 12 January.

Read more here: Guardian

Wisconsin gov bids to make abortion a central issue in race

Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said Tuesday that he wouldn’t sign a bill creating exceptions for rape and incest if it would keep in place the state’s 1849 abortion ban.

Evers faces Republican Tim Michels, who supported the 1849 ban before changing positions after he won the Republican primary and now says he would sign a bill granting exceptions.

Read more here: Independent

Grassley a ‘no’ on Graham’s 15-week abortion ban

Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa), the most senior member of the Senate GOP conference, says he would vote against a national 15-week abortion ban sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) that has caused a political headache for fellow Republicans.

Grassley’s opposition is surprising because he previously co-sponsored Graham’s bill, introduced last year, to ban abortion after 20 weeks.  

Read more here: The Hill

US clinics offer free vasectomies in wake of supreme court’s Roe reversal

Amid a reported surge in demand for vasectomies prompted by the US supreme court ruling that removed the right to abortion, Planned Parenthood and a physician with a mobile vasectomy clinic will offer 60 free vasectomies over three days in St Louis, Springfield and Joplin, Missouri, in the first week of November.

Read more here: Guardian

‘Battleground’ is finally in theaters and it’s been a whirlwind week of screenings across the country. Thank you to everyone who came out to see the film and to our partners too!

We’re so excited to be bringing ‘Battleground’ to new theaters this week with daily shows taking place in Oakland, CA; Joplin, MO and Lincoln, NE. We’re also looking forward to one-off screenings in Bellingham, WA; and Hudson, NY this weekend.

Last week, ‘Battleground’ opened in Village East, New York with a succession of shows with post-screening discussions with our partners, including Abortion Access Front and National Advocates for Pregnant Women.

From Hollywood to Miami, ‘Battleground’ screenings have taken place across the country with the start of our impact tour. Watch the film and find out how you can take action ahead of the upcoming midterms.

San Francisco, we’re coming to you too! ‘Battleground’ will showing be at the iconic Roxie Theater on Monday, in partnership with ACCESS Reproductive Justice and San Francisco Women’s Political Committee. Book tickets.

On Friday October 21, there will be a special Q&A screening at The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Centre, in partnership with Nebraska Abortion Resources (NEAR) and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Nebraska. Book tickets.

Watch director of Battleground Cynthia Lowen, film participant Samantha Blakely, and Founder/Chief Creative Officer of Abortion Access Front Lizz Winstead discuss the future of abortion in America, recorded live via Facebook.

‘Battleground’ was recently Women And Hollywood’s Pick of the Day – read their preview of the film and there’s chance to watch director Cynthia Lowen’s interview with John Horn on KPCC’s on FilmWeek