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Texas’s Abstinence Sex Education Problems

June 4, 2012

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The Daily Beast, June 4, 2012 by Gail Collins The state pushes abstinence sex education yet it has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy. So why is the rest of the country paying half a billion dollars a year to support their teen mothers? An excerpt from Gail Collins’s new book, As Texas […]

What really lies behind the “war on women”

May 25, 2012

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Op Ed News, May 25, 2012 by Naomi Wolf Are women suddenly running rampant in the streets by the millions, threatening society in unexpected ways? You would surely think so by looking at the pattern that is visible across the nation: state by state, a well-funded legislative war on women is being unleashed. Many of […]

Will Low-Income Women in Texas Find Care Without Planned Parenthood?

May 24, 2012

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RH Reality Check, May 24, 2012 by Andrea Grimes While the State of Texas battles in court for what it says is its right to exclude Planned Parenthood from participating in the Medicaid Women’s Health Program (WHP) there, the Texas Health and Human Services commission is sending mixed messages to the more than 50,000 women who currently […]

Planned Parenthood In Pennsylvania May Be Defunded

May 22, 2012

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Huffington Post, May 22, 2012 by Laura Bassett Pennsylvania State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) will introduce legislation on Wednesday that would defund Planned Parenthood, adding his state to a list of four others that have pending bills to strip public funds from the family planning provider. Metcalfe’s bill, the Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priority Act, […]

The Campaign Against Women

May 19, 2012

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New York Times, May 19, 2012 by Despite the persistent gender gap in opinion polls and mounting criticism of their hostility to women’s rights, Republicans are not backing off their assault on women’s equality and well-being. New laws in some states could mean a death sentence for a pregnant woman who suffers a life-threatening condition. […]

Not In My Backyard! As Local Government Attacks on Women’s Health Increase, Citizens Are Fighting Back

May 17, 2012

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RH Reality Check, May 17, 2012 by Jenny Dodson The vicious attacks on women’s health to which we’ve grown so accustomed on the national and state stages are trickling down to the local level, as municipal and county governments get in on the action. Thankfully, time and again, local citizens have mounted fast and furious […]

A State-By-State Guide to 2012’s Anti-Choice Laws (So Far)

May 11, 2012

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Jezebel, May 11, 2012 by Erin Gloria Ryan No matter what you call this golden era in American legislating — the War on Women, the Imaginary War on Caterpillars, Tamponaroo — 2012 is, for better or worse, an exciting/harrowing time to have female anatomy, or to be a guy who enjoys having sexual relations with […]

The Government, Your Uterus, and You: New Laws in Arizona, Utah Affect Women’s Health

May 10, 2012

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Yahoo! Shine, May 7, 2012 by Lylah M. Alphonse It sounds like something that would expand access to family planning and women’s health services, but the Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priority Act actually ends funding for cancer screenings, birth control, and HIV testing if they’re provided by an organization that also offers abortion services. That […]

Planned Parenthood fight continues at state level

May 7, 2012

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Washington Post, May 7, 2012 by Rachel Weiner While the national fight over Planned Parenthood has died down for now, Republican governors and legislators in numerous states have fought to defund the group. The use of federal funds for abortion services is already barred under the Hyde Amendment, but many states have cut off or […]

“Do What We Say or the Women Will Die”

May 6, 2012

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Fire Dog Lake, May 6, 2012 by Glenn W. Smith Do what we say or the women will die. That may sound like some kind of villainous threat in a Wild West melodrama, but it is exactly what the Rick Perry administration in Texas is saying today. Planned Parenthood is suing the state for unlawfully […]

Texas Planned Parenthood Funding Restored By Appeals Court

May 4, 2012

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Huffington Post, May 4, 2012 by Laura Bassett It’s been a bumpy week for Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas. First a U.S. district judge temporarily stopped a new law that would have cut Planned Parenthood out of the state Women’s Health Program. Then a panel of judges smacked down that ruling. And now, the same […]

More Teenagers Use ‘Highly Effective Contraception’

May 3, 2012

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New York Times, May 3, 2012 by KJ DELL’ANTONIA Teen pregnancy rates are at a 30-year-low (and births to teenage mothers are down as well, to 34.3 births per 1,000 girls 15 to 19 years old in 2010, the lowest rate since the government began keeping track in 1940). Today, the Centers for Disease Control […]

Texas Attorney General Compares Planned Parenthood To Terrorist Organization

May 1, 2012

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Huffington Post, May 1, 2012 by Laura Bassett Just two hours after a U.S. district judge stopped a Texas law that would have eliminated Planned Parenthood’s participation in the state’s Women’s Health Program, Federal Appeals Judge Jerry E. Smith issued an emergency stay that lifted that order. In the appeal for the emergency stay, a […]

TX: State gets a stay from appeals court in Planned Parenthood case (UPDATE)

May 1, 2012

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MySA, May 1, 2012 by Peggy Fikac The state – which quickly appealed a Monday preliminary injunction allowing Planned Parenthood to continue participating, at least temporarily, in the Women’s Health Program – was granted a stay by an appellate court judge. Attorney General Greg Abbott filed an emergency motion for stay Monday night in the […]

Texans Rally Against ‘War on Women’

April 30, 2012

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Fort Worth Weekly, April 30, 2012 by Andrew McLernore Thousands of women, men and children from across the state gathered at the southern steps of the Capital on Saturday to protest state laws that they say curtail basic human rights for women. Organized primarily by the group Unite Against the War on Women, speakers and […]