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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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Anti-abortion group in South Dakota tries reviving 2018 law to block initiative

As states gather signatures for ballot initiatives to protect or restore abortion access, Republicans and anti-abortion activists are trying new tactics to block them.

Senators call out Project 2025 strategies

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats held a news conference this week to criticize a plan by a conservative think tank that if adopted would hinder abortion and contraception access.

How we got here: The abortion pill case

Justices might rule this week on a case that could jeopardize access to emergency abortions. In a nutshell: Idaho officials don’t want to comply with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act when an abortion might be the necessary treatment. The Biden administration has said EMTALA requires Medicare-funded hospitals to provide stabilizing care, including abortions. 

Most Americans support IVF but diverge on embryo destruction, poll shows

In vitro fertilization is still in the national spotlight, five months after an unprecedented Alabama Supreme Court ruling that led fertility clinics in the state to halt services until the governor signed shield legislation. 

Anti-abortion groups say Supreme Court’s mifepristone ruling won’t deter them

In the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling Thursday to maintain current access to the abortion medication mifepristone, rejecting a challenge to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s regulation of the drug, abortion-rights advocates and opponents vowed to continue their respective battles over the drug.  

SCOTUS: Anti-abortion doctors lack standing to sue FDA over mifepristone

A saga that began in November 2022, when a group of anti-abortion doctors filed a lawsuit in Texas seeking to revoke the federal government’s 24-year-old approval of a commonly used abortion medication, has ended. For now. 

Federal bill would secure right to abortion-related travel

Nearly 200,000 people traveled out of state to get abortions in 2023, according to the abortion-rights research group the Guttmacher Institute. Now, Democrats on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee are calling for the passage of the Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act, sponsored by Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, to codify the right to access out-of-state reproductive health care. 

Washington governor: Emergency abortions will continue regardless of ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue decisions in several major cases before the end of the month, two of which will have significant implications for abortion across the country. One will determine the level of access to mifepristone, one of two drugs used to treat miscarriages and terminate a first-trimester pregnancy, and the other will affect how doctors in emergency rooms can treat pregnant patients without fear of prosecution under criminal abortion bans. The governor of a state that will likely be affected by a ruling in Idaho’s favor is speaking out about it ahead of the ruling, Washington State Standard reports.

The latest breakthroughs in male birth control research

There are countless forms of female birth control on the market. The latest version — a progestin-only daily pill — is available over the counter at drug stores across the nation.

The abortion bills that passed this year

Since early February, States Newsroom has tracked abortion-related bills in state legislatures nationwide. Hundreds of bills were introduced, but only a handful made it through the political process at state capitols. 

U.S. maternal death rate is declining, but it's still one of the highest in the world

Birth outcomes in the U.S. are improving: The latest maternal mortality rate was 22.3 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2022, down from 32.9 in 2021. 

Senate Republicans block contraception access bill

Advocates define reproductive coercion as the use of manipulation, threats or violence by a partner to maintain power and control in a relationship. It can play out in a number of ways, including forcing someone to get pregnant, making someone get an abortion or refusing to use contraception.