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A member of the New York Police Department stands outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Manhattan borough of New York, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Planned Parenthood Is Fighting Back

Planned Parenthood is battling on multiple legal fronts across the country, close to a year after the airing of several heavily edited videos that purported to show staff selling fetal tissue. The organization has filed 15 lawsuits challenging states that want to defund or otherwise curtail its activities.

June 6, 2016
Protesters gather outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Vista, California, August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

How 2016 Became A Year For Anti-Choice Legislation

In the first half of this year, 1,022 provisions to curtail abortion rights have been introduced in state legislatures. Of those provisions, 17 have passed at least one legislative chamber and 21 have been enacted across five states.

May 29, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Texas Senator Ted Cruz waves as he arrives to speak at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland March 4, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

The 5 Cruelest Actual GOP Policies

At this point, Trump’s brutality is all theoretical. But Republican cruelty is actual policy, and it has decimated states across the country.

April 11, 2016
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This Week In Crazy: Rush To Delusions

Hypocrisy, zealotry, and gobbledygook. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the loony, bigoted, and hateful behavior of the increasingly unhinged right wing.

April 8, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton introduced by U.S. Representative Rangel for address in Harlem in New York City

Put Puppy-Whistle Politics On A Leash

So-called political establishments and Washington insiders should be judged by what they do, rather than what they are.

February 18, 2016
A view of the damage to the entrance of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs

Colorado Planned Parenthood Reopens After Deadly Rampage

“Today, we opened our doors in Colorado Springs. We didn’t back down. We didn’t disappear. We returned, stronger and with more conviction than ever.”

February 15, 2016
A member of the New York Police Department stands outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Manhattan borough of New York

Texas Prosecutor Offers Probation To Anti-Abortion Activist Behind Video

David Daleiden’s lawyer says he will reject deal. Daleiden told a news conference outside court that he wants Texas to prosecute Planned Parenthood.

February 4, 2016
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For Planned Parenthood, Justice Seldom Gets More Poetic

Yes, lies have always moved faster than truth. But it feels good to see truth pull even every now and then.

January 31, 2016
Protesters stand on a sidewalk outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Vista, California

Anti-Abortion Activists Get Caught In Their Own Sting

Like other so-called stings by ultraconservative “citizen-journalists,” this operation did not depend on fairness, accuracy or transparency. Of course, that didn’t stop conservative politicians from pouncing on the opportunity to show their support.

January 30, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to questions at Rochester Opera House campaign town hall meeting in Rochester

Most Of The “Most Valuable Progressives” Named By ‘The Nation’ Have Endorsed…Hillary?

As voting approaches and primary rhetoric gets super-hot, it is worth remembering that progressives can differ honestly over whether Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders will represent the nation’s real interests most effectively.

January 28, 2016
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Late Night Roundup: The Colbert Presidential Candidate Town Hall

Stephen got in all the typical candidate remarks and poses, like rolling up his sleeves — and his pants leg.

January 27, 2016
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Anti-Planned Parenthood Activists Get Indicted For Their Attempted Sting Operation

A probe that began as an investigation of alleged wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood found evidence of other crimes instead.

January 25, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks at the Growth and Opportunity Party at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa

Preschoolers Were Unwitting Props In Fiorina’s Anti-Abortion Rally

In what can only be described as a bad judgement call, Carly Fiorina turned a group of young schoolchildren into becoming props for a rally against abortion in Des Moines, Iowa.

January 22, 2016
A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New York

Planned Parenthood Files U.S. Lawsuit Against Group Behind Secret Videos

Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday arguing that a group acted illegally when it secretly recorded videos alleging the women’s health organization profited from selling fetal tissue from abortions.

January 14, 2016
US Capitol Dome and Senate Chamber are seen on election day in Washington

The Hangover Issues For 2016 Elections

Not too long after the New Year’s champagne is popped and the parties have ended and it’s back to the business of the 2016 elections, candidates and voters will wake up to a slate of issues that have hung over from the year before.

December 31, 2015
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This Week In Crazy: Happy Holidays, You ‘Tragedy Dry-Humping Whores’

Hello, fellow warriors against Christmas. Please take your seat under this non-denominational spruce tree, next to this avowedly un-sacred crackling December fire. Everyone have their mug of profane winter nog? Good.

December 18, 2015
A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New York

Planned Parenthood Files Lawsuit Against Ohio Department Of Health

Planned Parenthood has field a lawsuit in U.S. District Court aimed at protecting access to safe and legal abortions for women in Ohio.

December 15, 2015
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Suspect In Deadly Planned Parenthood Attack Declares Self Guilty

“I’m guilty, there’s no trial. I’m a warrior for the babies,” Dear blurted out in a loud voice while seated beside his lawyers in front of the judge.

December 9, 2015
A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New York

Championing Planned Parenthood, One Classmate At A Time

That notion of “common ground” might strike some as an impossible goal in debates about abortion rights. But in education and outreach, Planned Parenthood endeavors to create a safe, inclusive space that can engage a spectrum of viewpoints, and to espouse “facts, not fear.”

December 3, 2015
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Ryan Faces His First Big Test As House Speaker: Avoid A Government Shutdown

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan faces his first big test as Congress stares down a deadline to do something that has become increasingly difficult: pass a bill to fund the government.

December 2, 2015
A police vehicle is seen parked outside the Planned Parenthood clinic a day after a gunman opened fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Republicans Dance Close To Line In Regards To Planned Parenthood

Who is responsible for this atrocity? It’s a question asked with numbing frequency in a country where you can pretty much set your watch by the random shootings.

December 2, 2015
Robert L. Dear is seen in an undated picture released by the Colorado Springs Police Department

Colorado Shooter Was Adulterous, Abusive Evangelical Obsessed With The Apocalypse, ‘N.Y. Times’ Reports

As long as he believed in God, he trusted he had a get-out-of-Hell-free card, no matter what violence he advocated or inflicted upon the people in his life.

December 1, 2015
Police officers and fire department personnel lead people who were in a Planned Parenthood center out of an armored vehicle, after reports of an active shooter in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Obama Hopes Colorado Shooting Will Spark Action On Guns, Honest Conversation About Abortion

A weary-sounding President Obama voiced Tuesday his hope — yet again — that a mass shooting in America might actually inspire action on gun control.

December 1, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: Too Much Crazy Juice

After the Planned Parenthood attack, Larry Wilmore showed what happens when you add more crazy Kool-Aid to a country that was already overflowing with crazy juice to begin with.

December 1, 2015