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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Reproductive Rights

What It Means To Be Truly Liberal On Abortion

Donald Trump has mastered the authoritarian act, and that’s how he attracted his brigade of humble followers. Some on the left seem to envy this ability to force obedience through threats and attacks. But that approach doesn’t work on issue-oriented voters, doubly so on matters requiring nuance. Abortion is one such issue. Thus, one cannot fathom the ongoing crusade by abortion rights activists to crush Heath Mello, a moderate Democrat running for mayor of Omaha.

April 24, 2017
Governor Mike Pence of Indiana speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Wingnuts! Veep Debate Revealed Extremism Of Pence’s Republican Party

Pence said women’s reproductive rights, upheld by the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, would fall. He did not deny he was a proponent of privatizing Social Security and cutting Medicare while in the House and still favors those policies. He promised to cut taxes for the wealthy, and did not deny opposing minimum wage increases.

October 5, 2016
Rachel Bergstrom-Carlson, the Health Center Manager at Planned Parenthood South Austin Health Center, is pictured at the clinic after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a Texas law imposing strict regulations on abortion doctors and facilities, in Austin, Texas, U.S. June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Ilana Panich-Linsman

Abortion Providers Aim To Reopen Some Closed Texas Clinics

If the Supreme Court had left the law in place, only eight clinics would have remained open, including the Planned Parenthood facility in Austin, a U.S. lower court judge said.

June 28, 2016
Trump, Women's Health, Abortion Access

Here Are The Best Quotes From Supreme Court’s Opinions For Abortion Access

“The two requirements erect a particularly high barrier for poor, rural, or disadvantaged women.”

June 27, 2016
Protesters hold signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on the morning the court takes up a major abortion case focusing on whether a Texas law that imposes strict regulations on abortion doctors and clinic buildings interferes with the constitutional right of a woman to end her pregnancy, in Washington March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

This Supreme Court Case Propelled By Right-Wing Media Myths Could Have Major National Consequences

The Texas law has already forced more than half of the state’s abortion clinics to close, and if the law is allowed by the Supreme Court to take full effect, another 10 of the 19 remaining clinics in the state could close– meaning that 75 percent of all of the clinics in the state will be shut down because of the law.

June 20, 2016

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

5 Reasons Democrats Should Be Proud Of This Presidential Primary

Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have fervent supporters who oppose the other, although the fanatics are a minority. Both candidates are historic in their own right. And both candidates represent the kind of energy necessary to grow the Obama coalition.

January 25, 2016

Women Share Abortion Stories With Supreme Court Justices

These women and others want the Supreme Court to know about their experiences as the justices prepare for a key abortion-access case that arises out of Texas but can touch every state.

January 9, 2016

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

Let Pharmacies Prescribe Birth Control

Please spare us the lectures on personal responsibility. The objective here is to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

November 26, 2015
University of Missouri Columbia students campus

How Abortion Politics Played A Part In The Unrest At Mizzou

Jonathan Butler started a hunger strike over the way minorities were treated at the University of Missouri Columbia. One of his grievances was that Planned Parenthood services had been cut from the school.

November 16, 2015

Champions For Modern Womanhood: A Thank-You Note, Margaret

Thank you, Margaret Sanger. How little has changed since you founded Planned Parenthood — the major women’s health care provider Republican lawmakers threaten to “defund.” That kind of sore talk was nothing new to you.

October 2, 2015

Cecile Richards Defends Planned Parenthood To House Oversight Committee

Although the subject of the hearing was nominally the use of federal funds, the ethics and legality of abortion itself were very much on the line.

September 29, 2015

As ‘Abortion Pill’ Turns 15, Debate Rages On

Fifteen years after its approval in the United States, the drug mifepristone is used in nearly a quarter of all abortions, a proportion that has grown steadily even as the national abortion rate has fallen to a historic low

September 20, 2015
Center for Medical Progress HollyO'Donnell StemExpress

Anti-Abortion Group Continues Its Attack On Planned Parenthood With New Video

An anti-abortion group’s campaign to discredit Planned Parenthood with deceptively edited and dubiously produced videos continues.

August 12, 2015
Planned Parenthood Protest

The Phony, Unprincipled War On Planned Parenthood

If you oppose abortion and you’re not ready to promote the most effective ways of preventing unwanted pregnancies, you’re not serious.

August 12, 2015

‘So Long, Ladies,’ Says GOP

Why do we keep casting women’s health care as a “woman’s issue”?

August 6, 2015

Hillary Clinton: ‘I’m Proud To Stand With Planned Parenthood’

Clinton: ‘When they attack women’s health, they attack America’s health. And it’s wrong, and we’re not going to let them get away with it.’

August 3, 2015

Senate Republicans Aim To Divert Planned Parenthood Funds In Abortion Dispute

The Republican plan to divert $500 million a year away from Planned Parenthood was criticized by family planning experts who said it showed a lack of understanding of how women’s health services work.

July 29, 2015

GOP Lawmakers Vote To Increase Unplanned Pregnancy Rate

The United States has a higher rate of unintended pregnancies than virtually any other industrialized country.

July 11, 2015
Hillary Clinton

The Best Hillary Campaign Will Awaken Women

Hillary Clinton is riding a wave of something that has no name. And she’s not alone. The wave has to do with being the first woman American president.

June 12, 2015
Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida

Florida Gov. Scott Signs Law To Require 24-Hour Wait For Abortions

“We are blessed in the state of Florida to have a governor that stands for life,” said GOP Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, who sponsored the bill.

June 11, 2015
Texas pro-choice protest

Controversial Texas Abortion Law Upheld By Federal Appeals Court

A federal appeals panel has decided to uphold nearly all of the provisions of a Texas law that will force the closure of most of the state’s abortion clinics, according to an opinion published on Tuesday.

June 9, 2015

Coach Denny, Grandma Nancy, And America’s Family Values

Unlike Newt Gingrich, whose own serial adulteries became a national joke, Dennis Hastert was evidently never suspected of any such “misconduct,” as the indictment described it. Republicans keep telling everyone how shocked they are, but they really shouldn’t be. Here’s why.

June 3, 2015
man in electric chair

This Week In Crazy: And God Created The Electric Chair

Capital punishment is God’s gift to America! Hillary Clinton is such a sure thing, people already want to impeach her! Welcome to “This Week In Crazy.”

May 29, 2015