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Mar 23, 2020. 4 comments

The Affordable Care Act Turns 10 Today. We Cannot Turn Back the Clock on Black Women's Reproductive Health and Rights

The Affordable Care Act Turns 10 Today. We Cannot Turn Back the Clock on Black Women's Reproductive Health and Rights

Healthcare in America has never been just. Inequity and racism are built into the system, and black women often bear the unjust burden. Our pain is taken less seriously ; we are often misdiagnosed and untreated, and black women are three times more likely to die in childbirth. From provider bias and medical mistreatment to the structural barriers that prevent us from accessing health care, it...

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Nov 15, 2019. 3 comments

In Response to 'Fast and Furious' Restrictions, Planned Parenthood Launches the Abortion Care Finder

In Response to 'Fast and Furious' Restrictions, Planned Parenthood Launches the Abortion Care Finder

As the fight to uphold Roe v. Wade wages on, this week, Planned Parenthood lobbed a virtual clapback at legislators and anti-abortion advocates seeking to roll back the reproductive rights granted in the landmark case. As reported by the New York Times, on Tuesday, the organization debuted an online tool called the Abortion Care Finder, which does exactly what its name suggests: helps those...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Oct 30, 2019. 9 comments

Praise Be: A Black Woman Just Stopped Alabama’s Abortion Ban

Praise Be: A Black Woman Just Stopped Alabama’s Abortion Ban

A black U.S. District Court judge issued a temporary injunction on Alabama’s restrictive abortion law that stripped women of their reproductive rights. The law was set to go into effect on Nov. 15 until a black woman forced the state to pump its brakes.

The Robinson v. Marshall ruling—named for the plaintiff, Dr. Yashica Robinson, a black obstetrician-gynecologist in Huntsville, Ala.—is a...

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Oct 05, 2019. 3 comments

Supreme Court to Weigh In on Louisiana Abortion Law in What Is Expected to Be a Test of How Trump’s Conservative Picks Will Vote

Supreme Court to Weigh In on Louisiana Abortion Law in What Is Expected to Be a Test of How Trump’s Conservative Picks Will Vote

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday announced it would review an anti-abortion law out of Louisiana in a case being seen as a test of the impact Donald Trump’s newly picked conservatives on the court will have on women’s right to choose to have the procedure.

At issue is a Louisiana law that requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the Washington...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Sep 19, 2019. 3 comments

Meet the New Head of Planned Parenthood: Alexis McGill Johnson Is a Seasoned Soldier in the War for Women’s Reproductive Health

Meet the New Head of Planned Parenthood: Alexis McGill Johnson Is a Seasoned Soldier in the War for Women’s Reproductive Health

It was mid-August, and just weeks into her new job as acting president/CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of American and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Alexis McGill Johnson was out front, defending the organization from attack.

On that day, McGill Johnson said that Planned Parenthood would be pulling out of the Title X program , sending a message to the organization’s opponents,...

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Aug 20, 2019. 4 comments

Georgia Argues the ACLU’s Suit Against Its ‘Heartbeat’ Law Should Be Aborted

Georgia Argues the ACLU’s Suit Against Its ‘Heartbeat’ Law Should Be Aborted

Georgia is doubling down on its recently signed law virtually outlawing abortion in the state, telling a federal court that it should dismiss an effort by the American Civil Liberties Union to stop the law from taking effect.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, attorneys for the state told the court that Georgia had a vested interest in “protecting the life of the unborn.”

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Aug 20, 2019. 6 comments

In Defiance of Trump's 'Gag Rule,' Planned Parenthood Withdraws From Title X; Low-Income Women Most Likely to be Affected

In Defiance of Trump's 'Gag Rule,' Planned Parenthood Withdraws From Title X; Low-Income Women Most Likely to be Affected

The fears of low-income women who rely on Planned Parenthood for reproductive health services were confirmed on Monday: In response to attempts by the Trump administration to stifle abortion rights by imposing a gag order on health practitioners, the 103-year-old organization announced that it has opted to withdraw from Title X federal funding.

We Out: Planned Parenthood Says Trump ‘Gag Rule’...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 16, 2019. 5 comments

We Out: Planned Parenthood Says Trump ‘Gag Rule’ Will Force It to Abandon Low-Income Reproductive Health Program

We Out: Planned Parenthood Says Trump ‘Gag Rule’ Will Force It to Abandon Low-Income Reproductive Health Program

Unless a federal appeals court gives a hard pass when it comes to a “gag rule” imposed by the Trump administration regarding abortion, Planned Parenthood says it’ll be forced to abandon the low-income family planning program funded by federal dollars.

“We refuse to let the Trump administration bully us into withholding abortion information from our patients,” Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 12, 2019. 1 comments

Appeals Court Refuses to Block Trump Rule That Would Cut Planned Parenthood Funding

Appeals Court Refuses to Block Trump Rule That Would Cut Planned Parenthood Funding

In a major setback for Planned Parenthood, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that a Trump ban on funding clinics that refer women to abortion providers can take effect while the court weighs the overall merits.

Federal law has long banned use of federal funding to pay for abortions, but monies could still be provided to health providers like Planned Parenthood that might refer women to...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jun 22, 2019. 5 comments

Missouri’s Last-Remaining Abortion Clinic Can Stay Open for Now—but the State Has Yanked Its License

Missouri’s Last-Remaining Abortion Clinic Can Stay Open for Now—but the State Has Yanked Its License

Planned Parenthood of St. Louis, which happens to be the only abortion provider left in the state of Missouri, can keep providing the service for now, but Missouri officially yanked its license Friday, endangering the clinic’s operation long-term.

If Planned Parenthood ends up closing its doors, Missouri will become the only state in the nation without an abortion provider, NBC News...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jun 21, 2019. 6 comments

Federal Appeals Court OKs Trump’s Abortion Gag Rules

Federal Appeals Court OKs Trump’s Abortion Gag Rules

In a decision Planned Parenthood called “devastating,” a federal appeals court Thursday ruled in favor of the Trump administration’s family planning gag rule intended to prevent health providers from making abortion referrals or discussing where a patient might have one.

Thursday’s ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allows the rule to take effect immediately.

As the Washington Post...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jun 01, 2019. 1 comments

Missouri’s Last Abortion Provider Can Remain Open for Business — for Now

Missouri’s Last Abortion Provider Can Remain Open for Business — for Now

Missouri’s only abortion clinic — The. Only. One. In. The. Entire. State. — has dodged the bullet and will remain open, at least for now.

Despite protests from Missouri health officials, St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer issued an order Friday that will allow Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis clinic to continue performing abortions open even though the state is refusing to renew its...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor May 29, 2019. 3 comments

Missouri Dangerously Close to Becoming First State Without Access to Abortion Clinics

Missouri Dangerously Close to Becoming First State Without Access to Abortion Clinics

Last week, Gov. Mike Parson—in his efforts to position Missouri as “one of the strongest pro-life states in the country”—signed legislation that makes any doctor who performs an abortion within the state subject to up to 15 years imprisonment.

Missouri Governor Signs Legislation Banning Abortions at 8 Weeks

On Friday, Missouri Gov. Michael L. Parson signed controversial legislation banning...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. May 29, 2019. 6 comments

Sen. Kamala Harris Wants States to Get Approval From DOJ Before Passing Restrictive Abortion Laws

Sen. Kamala Harris Wants States to Get Approval From DOJ Before Passing Restrictive Abortion Laws

California Sen. Kamala Harris will announce her presidential policy proposal to stop states from passing unconstitutional abortion laws by including a pre-clearance requirement from her Department of Justice.

Harris’ announcement, expected during an MSNBC town hall on Tuesday night, comes as several states, including Alabama, Georgia and Missouri have sought to restrict or ban all abortions,...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif May 25, 2019. 2 comments

Fight’s On: ACLU, Planned Parenthood Sue to Stop Alabama’s Virtual Abortion Ban

Fight’s On: ACLU, Planned Parenthood Sue to Stop Alabama’s Virtual Abortion Ban

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union on Friday filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn Alabama’s law that bans abortions except in cases of “serious” health risk to the mother, saying the law is patently unconstitutional.

The legal counterattack, which was promised after Alabama’s senators gave a final OK to the bill almost two weeks ago , came on the same day yet...

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Mar 09, 2019. 7 comments

Black Women Deserve the Truth From Their Doctors. Trump Is Trying to Keep Us in the Dark

Black Women Deserve the Truth From Their Doctors. Trump Is Trying to Keep Us in the Dark

When I was 19 years old, I walked into a health center in Michigan knowing I was pregnant but uncertain of my future. To this day, I remember the compassion and grace of the nurse who helped me, who saw me scared and crying but calmly let me know that I had options. I could give birth and raise a child, I could pursue adoption, or I could have an abortion—an abortion that she told me was my...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm May 13, 2018. 1 comments

The WNBA’s Seattle Storm Publicly Partners With Planned Parenthood

The WNBA’s Seattle Storm Publicly Partners With Planned Parenthood

Given that the team is owned by three women, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the WNBA’s Seattle Storm has partnered with Planned Parenthood, the first such partnership between the embattled reproductive health care organization and a professional sports team.

“I personally got my first birth control with Planned Parenthood,” said Storm co-owner Dawn Trudeau. “I think it’s a...

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Monique Judge Monique Judge Aug 25, 2017. 5 comments

Judge Temporarily Blocks Texas From Removing Medicaid Funds From Planned Parenthood

Judge Temporarily Blocks Texas From Removing Medicaid Funds From Planned Parenthood

A federal judge in Texas ruled Tuesday that state health officials cannot remove Planned Parenthood from Medicaid, ensuring that the women’s health provider will remain in the federal program at least until a federal lawsuit is settled.

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks issued the preliminary injunction that temporarily blocked the move and said the state didn’t have grounds to conclude that...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Aug 19, 2017. 16 comments

Stay Woke: While the US Was Bombing Afghanistan, Trump Was Secretly Signing Bill to Block Planned Parenthood Money

Stay Woke: While the US Was Bombing Afghanistan, Trump Was Secretly Signing Bill to Block Planned Parenthood Money

President Vladimir TrumPutin is a lot of things, but camera shy isn’t one of them. Since taking office, he’s had the news crews around him every time he’s signed one of his 1,000 executive orders. Yet, on Thursday, as news broke that the U.S. had just dropped the “Mother of All Bombs” on an Afghanistan area believed to be Islamic State-group-related, either tunnels or actual Islamic State...

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Monique Judge Monique Judge Aug 19, 2017. 8 comments

NY Attorney General Blasts Trump’s Signing of Legislation to Defund Planned Parenthood

NY Attorney General Blasts Trump’s Signing of Legislation to Defund Planned Parenthood

Just a week after leading a coalition of 16 attorneys general from across the country in opposing an Ohio state law that would defund Planned Parenthood and other health-service providers, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman had strong words Thursday for Donald Trump, who signed legislation that would allow states to withhold federal funding from Planned Parenthood.

As previously...

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