Culture & Society

U.S. Senate committee hears testimony in support of boarding school commission

BY: - June 26, 2022

The genocidal history of federal boarding school policies and the generational impact on Native American communities were presented to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs last week. Lawmakers in the committee are committed to moving a bill to the full Senate floor that would establish a truth and healing commission on the U.S. boarding […]

Congress roiled by U.S. Supreme Court decision revoking abortion rights

BY: - June 25, 2022

Republicans in Congress were jubilant at the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling overturning decades of precedent to revoke a constitutional right to an abortion. Democrats were equally despondent about what they called an extremist decision that revoked a long-held right and represented an attack on women’s autonomy. The party-line reaction hints at how lawmakers will approach […]

Aftermath of Roe v. Wade ruling: ‘Millions, millions will suffer because of this setback’

BY: and - June 24, 2022

Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion, protesters rallied Friday evening to support abortion rights and try to figure out what to do about the dramatic change in the abortion landscape. “We must organize or die,” said Barbara DeVane, a longtime Florida lobbyist and a lobbyist […]

FL governor vetoes alimony overhaul, marking its third failure in a decade of reform efforts

BY: - June 24, 2022

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday vetoed an alimony overhaul bill that was sponsored by the state chairman of his political party and opposed by the National Organization for Women, the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, and other critics. It was the third strike in a decade for groups of ex-spouses seeking to […]

One Year Anniversary Parkland tragedy

Congress sends Biden historic gun safety legislation, with GOP support

BY: - June 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress on Friday cleared the most comprehensive federal gun safety legislation in nearly 30 years, a bipartisan package that will now head to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature. In a 65-33  vote, the bill, comprising eight provisions, passed the U.S. Senate late Thursday. The House on Friday joined, approving the Senate’s […]

FL Planned Parenthood braces for surge in out-of-state patients following Roe v. Wade ruling

BY: - June 24, 2022

Abortion providers in Florida that have seen an influx of out-of-state patients for months are bracing for even more, mostly from Georgia but also from neighboring Southern states. “Planned Parenthood centers are busy already. We’ll be even busier, from neighboring states,” said Laura Goodhue, executive director of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates. “We’ve […]

Voters ‘have the final word’ in protecting abortion rights, Biden says

BY: - June 24, 2022

President Joe Biden on Friday, “a sad day for the country,” called for Congress to pass laws protecting abortion rights and for voters to elect pro-rights candidates after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on abortion. Biden pledged to fight for policies that protect abortion access, including interstate travel and access to federally approved medications. […]

Protests already planned across Florida following U.S. Supreme Court decision on abortion

BY: - June 24, 2022

Mere hours after the long-anticipated U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, abortion rights advocates are already planning protests. More than a dozen Democratic and left-leaning organizations are planning rallies to protest the “draconian measures of the Supreme Court,” according to the group Students for a Democratic Society. A protest is scheduled at […]

GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis reacts to U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on overturning Roe v. Wade

BY: - June 24, 2022

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who recently signed a 15-week abortion ban in Florida, responded Friday to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1973. He did not reference a potential special session to further restrict or fully ban abortion in Florida. The current 15-week ban […]

In Florida, the future of abortion really lies in hands of the state Supreme Court

BY: - June 24, 2022

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has had its say on abortion access, activists and political figures on both sides of that issue are turning their eyes to the Florida Supreme Court. That’s because of a 1989 ruling by the court establishing that the right to privacy contained in the Florida Constitution includes the right […]

Will FL have a special session on abortion? The state already has a 15-week ban effective July 1

BY: - June 24, 2022

Florida’s new 15-week abortion law will go into effect a week from today. But with the Friday decision from the U.S. Supreme Court bringing abortion decisions to state legislators, the Florida House and Senate may — or may not — convene once again for a special session to further restrict, or even ban, abortion access […]

U.S. Supreme Court overturns right to abortion in landmark decision

BY: - June 24, 2022

This story was updated at about 3:30 p.m. and clarified the ruling. WASHINGTON —The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that established abortion as a constitutional right. The decision by five of the Court’s nine justices will allow each state to set its own abortion laws, leading to a patchwork of […]