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July 1, 2022

A Florida ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy goes into effect today (Friday). An injunction to temporarily block that ban has been approved, but the judge isn’t expected to sign the order until Tuesday. In a Thursday court ruling Leon County judge John Cooper said Florida’s new law violates the privacy clause in the state constitution.

For generations, South Florida has been a place where people move to escape undemocratic governments … to seek freedom and equality. So, for many people there, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on Roe v. Wade felt like a broken promise. Abortion rights supporters took to the streets throughout the region to protest the decision — and the unequal consequences it will have. We start in Miami, with WLRN’s Kate Payne.

More restrictive abortion laws in Florida are unlikely to come anytime soon as a legal battle over the state’s 15-week abortion ban continues. The governor’s office has stated that it won’t pursue further legislative action until a final decision from the state Supreme Court. But as Valerie Crowder reports, there’s growing support from some Republicans for greater restriction.

Doctors have raised concerns after Florida health officials announced they are not making COVID-19 vaccines for children younger than 5 available at county health departments. On Wednesday, staff for Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis removed one of those physicians from a board that runs Florida's Healthy Kids insurance program.Doctor Lisa Gwynn says she was ousted. Gwynn is president of the Florida chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Health News Florida's Stephanie Colombini talked to Gwynn about why she's worried about vaccine access.

Across the country, more families are choosing home school. In Florida, THOUSANDS more students are learning from home now than before the COVID-19 pandemic. As WLRN’s Yvonne zum Tobel [ZOOM

Covid-19 stretched food banks thin across the state, as Floridians lost their jobs and businesses. The food banks somehow adjusted. Now unemployment is low, but inflation and supply-chain issues are driving a new wave of need. Margie Menzel reports.