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Texas GOP candidate: It’s a ‘myth’ that Planned Parenthood does ‘anything’ for women’s health

Dan Patrick, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in Texas, argued this week that the reason Planned Parenthood clinics were being forced to close throughout the state was because they did not have “anything” to do with women’s health. During a Republican runoff debate between Patrick and current Lt. Governor…

Alabama lawmakers vote to extend the waiting period for abortions

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – A measure to extend the waiting period for abortions in Alabama to 48 hours is headed to the governor’s desk, but an effort to ban the procedure after evidence of a fetal heartbeat appears stalled in the legislative session that ends on Thursday.…

Planned Parenthood petitions Supreme Court to block Texas abortion law

Planned Parenthood and other abortion-rights groups on Monday filed an emergency request with the U.S. Supreme Court to block a Texas law that has left at least a dozen clinics in the state unable to provide services to women. After a panel of judges appointed by President George W. Bush…

Cartoonist takes aim at misconceptions about Planned Parenthood founder in graphic biography

The alternative comic book artist Peter Bagge says he wrote his latest book to clear up some misconceptions about a founder of Planned Parenthood. Bagge recently published Woman Rebel, a graphic biography of Margaret Sanger, whose efforts to spread information about birth control in the early decades of the 20th…

Non-Abortion Clinic Firebombed: Stupidity Or Anti-Contraception Ideology?

This image keeps more and more conservatives up at night. Is it any wonder that contraception clinics are being targeted for terrorism? Thanks to the folks tweeting at me about Jedediah Stout, the 30-year-old man accused of trying to burn down a Planned Parenthood in Missouri. The state is now…

Planned Parenthood, Center for Reproductive Rights and ACLU challenge Texas anti-choice laws

The Texas omnibus anti-abortion bill made famous by Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis’ epic filibuster is being challenged in court by the women’s health advocacy group Planned Parenthood as well as the ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights. According to Irin Carmon at NBC News, the groups have filed…

Texas woman drives four hours to Planned Parenthood after being shamed for hickey

A Texas woman who was shamed by her doctor for having a hickey and wanting birth control says she is now forced to drive four hours to a Planned Parenthood clinic for health care due to the state’s new anti-abortion laws. Athena Mason told KUT that her first visit to…

Perot Foundation donates $1 million to Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas

Yesterday, the Perot Foundation of Dallas Texas announced it would donate one million dollars to Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. The gift was specified as undesignated, meaning that the funds can be applied however Planned Parenthood sees fit. The Perot Foundation has long been a supporter of women’s health issues…

ACLU sues Indiana over law aimed at defunding Planned Parenthood clinic

A day after the Ninth Circuit Court struck down an Arizona law that would have restricted access and effectively defunded Planned Parenthood clinics, the American Civil Liberties Union announced it is suing Indiana’s Department of Health on the grounds that a 2012 law that redefines “abortion clinic” as any facility…

Court strikes down Arizona law defunding Planned Parenthood

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a U.S. District Court ruling that will prevent Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s administration from effectively defunding Planned Parenthood. In their opinion, the panel of judges held that the Arizona law (HB 2800) violates the Medicaid Act’s requirement that Medicaid recipients are free to…

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