Newsbreak for Week of July 15.

A roundup of good news from Americans of Conscience.

Reproductive Rights

  • On July 8, President Biden issued an executive order regarding abortion access that includes:
    • Ensuring safety for abortion patients and providers, including protecting mobile clinics deployed to provide care for out-of-state patients.
    • HHS updates to guidance clarifying physician responsibilities and protections under Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA).
    • Convening private pro bono attorneys and organizations to provide legal representation to those lawfully seeking and providing abortions.
    • HHS expansion of access to emergency contraception and long-acting reversible contraception.
    • HHS Office for Civil Rights guidance clarifying HIPAA privacy rules.
    • Establishing an interagency task force on reproductive healthcare access.
    • FTC steps to protect consumer privacy when seeking information about reproductive and abortion care services.
    • HHS outreach and public education on abortion to provide reliable and accurate information about reproductive rights and access to care.
    • Addressing deceptive or fraudulent practices regarding abortion information.
    • Office for Civil Rights guidance for consumers on how to protect personal data on mobile apps.
  • The Biden administration affirms that the EMTALA requires doctors and hospitals to provide abortions in a medical emergency and the health or life of the patient is at risk, regardless of state law.
  • Attorney General Merrick Garland asserts that states cannot ban Mifepristone, an FDA-approved medication used to end pregnancy before 10 weeks of gestation.
  • CA: Legislature proposes an amendment to the state constitution enshrining reproductive freedom, to be voted on in November.
  • CO: Gov. Jared Polis signs an executive order adding protections for abortion seekers and providers, including people who have traveled from other states.
  • DE passes legislation ensuring access to abortion care and protecting providers and patients seeking services in the state.
  • ME: Via executive order, Gov. Janet Mills expands and safeguards access to abortion and protect patients and healthcare providers from legal liability.
  • MN: Unconstitutional abortion restrictions are struck down, including a requirement restricting abortions by physicians only. Registered nurses and certified nurse midwives may now  perform abortions.
  • NC: Gov. Roy Cooper issues an executive order protecting people seeking reproductive healthcare in North Carolina from extradition to other states.
  • NJ establishes a Reproductive Rights Strike Force, which allows authorities to take legal action against anyone who threatens or intimidates a person seeking an abortion in the state.
  • NV: Via executive order, Gov. Steve Sisolak protects out-of-state abortion patients and medical providers from prosecution and extradition.
  • PA: Gov. Tom Wolf signs an executive order prohibiting state agencies from taking part in investigations launched by other states over abortion services.
  • RI: Via executive order, Gov. Dan McKee safeguards individuals seeking abortion and reproductive health services from legal liability in other states.
  • WA: Via executive order, Gov. Jay Inslee prohibits state law enforcement cooperation with abortion-related investigations and approves $1 million for reproductive care clinics handling an increase in patients.
  • WI: Gov. Tony Evers and AG Josh Kaul file a lawsuit challenging an 1849 state law banning abortions.
  • More than 90 district attorneys or other prosecutors from across the U.S. pledge not to prosecute individuals for seeking abortions.
  • 17 states initiate or implement policies to provide Medicaid reimbursement for doula services.
  • King County, WA Executive Dow Constantine signs an executive order prohibiting county executive branch resources from being used in investigations of any out-of-state abortion-related prosecutions.
  • People seeking abortions can use’s clinic checker to ensure they will visit a legitimate reproductive healthcare provider.
  • Chicago Abortion Fund shares their guide How to Talk About Abortion in Your Community.
  • Liberate Abortion provides a resource for reporters on ethical reporting regarding the Dobbs decision.
  • GLAAD publishes a media guide for including the LGBTQ+ community in abortion-related discussions and articles.
  • Forward Together creates a Reproductive Justice Media Reference Guide to reporting on abortion and the Latinx community.
  • Physicians for Reproductive Health develops resources for journalists reporting on abortion, including interview guidance related to personal stories of seeking or providing care.
  • A MO healthcare provider resumes offering emergency contraceptive services.
  • Celebrities use their platforms to raise money and advocate for abortion and other reproductive rights.
  • Just the Pill continues to offer medication abortion care in CO, MN, MT, and WY.





  • Over 500 students in Caddo Parish, LA register to vote.
  • The return of Bruce’s Beach to descendants of Willa and Charles Bruce receives unanimous approval from Los Angeles’s Board of Supervisors.
  • School board candidates who support inclusive, accurate education for public school students continue to win elections over candidates who do not.
  • Anti-censorship activists sue Llano County, TX for removing books from public libraries.
  • Students who change their name or pronouns in the Madison Metropolitan School District are protected from being outed against their will.

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