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Reproductive Rights Today

Your comprehensive daily wrap-up of changes to reproductive rights in the states, the front lines in the fight over abortion access in a post-Roe America.

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South Dakota abortion rights advocates oppose ballot measure

Nationally-backed reproductive rights groups in South Dakota are criticizing a bid to restore abortion access in the state. 

Indiana court hears religious freedom abortion case

An interfaith group of Hoosiers maintain that Indiana’s abortion ban violates their religious freedom. 

Alabama senator lifts hold on most military nominees in protest of Pentagon’s abortion protest

For months, U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville has blocked unanimous consent of military promotions to protest the Pentagon’s reproductive health care policy. The Alabama Republican’s anti-abortion stance left hundreds of military nominees in limbo and drew bipartisan criticism. 

AG Garland updates abortion access cases

After the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case that overturned Roe v. Wade last year, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a task force to defend abortion rights and reproductive care access. 

Sandra Day O’Connor’s role in a key abortion case

Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and a pivotal figure in a court case about access to abortion, died on Friday, States Newsroom reports. She was 93. 

Anti-abortion groups lobby lawmakers on ‘abortion reversal’ treatment

Anti-abortion groups have pressured lawmakers in at least 14 states to require providers to give patients information about an abortion pill “reversal” treatment — an unproven, unscientific method that major medical organizations have condemned, Stateline reports.

Rural Wyoming women face roadblocks to maternity care

Like many areas in the United States, Wyoming is facing a maternity care crisis. 

Alaska maternal death toll linked to domestic violence

An analysis of Alaska’s maternal mortality rates discovered that more new mothers died from domestic violence or overdose causes than medical complications. 

Missouri advocates question abortion petition’s crisis hotline mandate

A Republican-led campaign to restore abortion access is facing criticism from advocates who support survivors of sexual assault over a requirement to report a rape to a hotline, Missouri Independent reports. 

Ohio advocates gear up for legal fight

Groups that rallied Ohio voters to pass Issue 1 are preparing for a legal fight over the amendment’s enactment. 

New Jersey moves to embrace doula care

Earlier this year, New Jersey launched an agency dedicated to improving maternal and infant health. Now, lawmakers want to require hospitals and birthing centers to allow doulas in their facilities.

Michigan repeals some abortion restrictions

A year after Michigan voters passed an amendment to protect reproductive rights, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed additional safeguards into law on Tuesday.