That’s a lot to keep track of. Here are the abortion news you may have skimmed through this week:
Abortion — and Confusion — on the Kansas Ballot
Abortion officially moved from the Supreme Court list to the ballot box: On Tuesday, Kansas became the first state to have a direct vote on abortion rights since the Supreme Court overturned Rowe vs. Wade. The vote highlights the many features of the fight against abortion afterCaviarfrom mobilization to mass confusion.
The state is broadly conservative, but it is unable to enact a complete ban on abortion after the state Supreme Court ruled in 2019 that the procedure was protected by the language of the state constitution. The amendment, which Kansans are voting on Tuesday, would allow the state legislature to impose additional restrictions.
An August election date threatens to lower turnout, especially for Democrats, who have fewer competitive primaries on the ballot to get their voters to the polls.
“The legislature deliberately turned us against us,” said Emily Wales, president of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, which covers Kansas. “But it backfired somewhat because it’s been weeks since Rowe’s decision and people have never been so involved.”
Additional uncertainty hangs over the vote as the bill’s text and messages around it have caused confusion among voters. Anti-abortion advocates, for example, ran ads saying the amendment would end late-term abortions, but third-trimester abortions are already banned in the state.
Alito talks about disagreements with foreign leaders
In recent weeks, foreign leaders have spoken out against the Supreme Court’s decision to abolish abortion rights. As expected, the author of this stunning majority opinion disagreed with this criticism.
A video surfaced Thursday of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito poking fun at critics. In a surprise keynote speech at a religious freedom conference in Rome the week before, Alito had snubbed the international indulgence shown to his conservative bloc.
“I had the honor this semester to write what I think is the only Supreme Court decision in the history of this institution that has been criticized by a string of foreign leaders who have been fine commenting on American law.” – Alito. said in video published by the University of Notre Dame, which sponsored the event.
Joking about the recent resignation of former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Alito joked that the British leader “paid the price” for speaking out against the decision. The judge, appointed by President George W. Bush, also targeted French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who Alito jokingly remarks are “still in power” despite their criticism of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Clergy lawsuits: Florida abortion restrictions violate religious freedom
Florida clergy members from a number of faiths filed lawsuits this week against Florida’s new abortion law, alleging it violates their freedom to practice their faith.
“The lawsuits are at the forefront of a new legal strategy arguing that post-Rowe’s new abortion restrictions violate American religious freedom, including the freedom of clergy to counsel pregnant women.” This was reported by the Washington Post..
One of the clerics, St. Lori Hafner told the Post that religious law does not “represent the Christian faith.” She is one of two Christian clergy who have filed lawsuits against the state, along with three Jews, one Buddhist and one Unitarian Universalist.
The Florida Abortion Law, which went into effect on July 1, bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest.
Gov. Newspaper notes that Republican Ron DeSantis signed the bill at the church.
Data Brokers Challenge Dems
For decades, datasets have been sold on millions of parents-to-be, from trimester statuses to preferred birthing methods. As abortion becomes more political with the abolition Caviarhowever, the Democrats have redoubled efforts to deter data brokers from a profitable practice—with little success.
Abortion rights groups have expressed concern that if states pass restrictive abortion laws, politicians and governments will weaponize personal data. POLITICS published a leaked draft Since the Supreme Court ruling three months ago, Democratic leaders have sent letters to data brokers urging them to stop the practice, vowing to interrogate companies about the data sets they have received, and introducing legislation to stop the sale of such reproductive health data.
Without federal policies to discourage this practice, many brokers are not compliant and will not seem to miss legislative action that seems unlikely. Highlighting this point, POLITICO found more than 30 listings of brokers offering information about pregnant parents or selling access to this group, and most of them have been updated since the court ruling at the end of June.
Legal Drama Continues in the States
There is no end in sight to the legal drama in the states – an abortion battlefield following the Supreme Court’s decision to leave reproductive rights to state governments – as local leaders continue to disagree with the courts over the future of the medical procedure.
In Michigan, a judge on Monday blocked a nine-decade-old abortion ban from enacting. This decision became a legislative whip after State Court of Appeals ruled that district attorneys could continue to enforce the ban hours earlier. For months, abortion rights advocates in the state collected hundreds of thousands of signatures bring the abortion rights amendment to a vote in November as the Republican-led legislature pushes for restrictions.
On the other hand, the Kentucky Court of Appeals on Monday almost complete ban restored about abortions across the state. The ruling temporarily overturned the lower court’s ruling to allow the procedure. Abortion is currently illegal in the state, including in cases of rape or incest, unless the parent’s health is in danger. Health care workers in the state who assist with abortions face up to five years in prison.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, a Trump-backed Republican running for governor in November, praised the court’s decision.
“I appreciate the Court’s decision to allow Kentucky’s life protection laws to go into effect as we continue to vigorously defend the constitutionality of these important protections for women and the unborn child,” Cameron. said on twitter.