Brianne Pfannenstiel Des Moines Register Published 12:43 p.m. UTC Jul 13, 2018 Cecile Richards said she believes Republican efforts to roll back access to safe and legal abortion will motivate women in Iowa and across the country to vote in November. Richards, the former president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, spoke at the Polk County Democratic Party's annual women's event Thursday in downtown Des Moines. "If there’s one thing these last 18 months have taught us, it’s never doubt the power of a room of fired up women to change the direction of the country," she said to a crowd of more than 200 people — mostly women. Her appearance followed President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace retiring justice Anthony Kennedy earlier this week. Trump campaigned on a promise to put conservative justices on the Supreme Court in an effort to overturn the landmark decision Roe v. Wade, … [Read more...] about Former Planned Parenthood exec Cecile Richards in Des Moines: Marching isn’t enough. Vote.
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Former Arizona Senator Jon Kyl served in Congress for 26 years and has a plush lobbying job in Washington, making him a natural choice for the White House to tap as the "sherpa" who can smooth the road to confirmation for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh.In Congress, Kyl was a staunch opponent of abortion rights. To this day, he's famous for a nonsensical argument on the Senate floor that abortions are 'well over 90 percent' of Planned Parenthood's services."You don't have to go to Planned Parenthood to get your cholesterol or your blood pressure checked," Kyl said in 2011. "If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that's well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does."Planned Parenthood says that abortions constitute about 3 percent of its services, a small portion of its broad reproductive health services that include preventative care and birth control.His staff later defended him by saying that Kyl's comment "was … [Read more...] about Planned Parenthood Foe Jon Kyl Is Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court ‘Sherpa’
By Julia Prodis Sulek | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: June 26, 2018 at 5:58 pm | UPDATED: June 26, 2018 at 6:28 pm In what activists saw as a setback to California’s efforts to ensure a woman’s right to choose, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled the Golden State cannot force pro-life pregnancy clinics to inform women about low-cost abortion options available elsewhere. Abortion opponents celebrated the 5-4 ruling supported by the court’s conservative majority. The justices found California law violated the First Amendment rights of “crisis pregnancy centers” that refused on religious grounds to notify women about alternatives to end their pregnancies. “We’re not forcing anyone to think our way and we want to enjoy the same freedom of speech of every other American citizen,” said Valerie Hills, CEO of RealOptions, a faith-based clinic in San Jose’s Rose Garden, strategically … [Read more...] about Two doors apart, Planned Parenthood and a pro-life pregnancy center react to Supreme Court ruling
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Several affiliates of Planned Parenthood sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday over its efforts to impose an abstinence-only focus on its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program that has served more than 1 million young people. The lawsuits were filed in federal courts in New York City and Spokane, Washington, by four different Planned Parenthood affiliates covering New York City and the states of Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska and Washington. Planned Parenthood says the lawsuits are intended to protect the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program from what they termed ineffective abstinence-only-until-marriage curriculums. "Young people have the right to the information and skills they need to protect their health," Dawn Laguens said in a press release, vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. "The Trump-Pence administration is trying to impose their abstinence-only agenda on young people across the country." Evidence … [Read more...] about Nebraska Planned Parenthood affiliate files lawsuit against abstinence-only program
In his opinion piece, "Limits on Planned Parenthood hurt low income women the most," (5-29-18) John Micek criticized the Trump administration for reinstating the Reagan-era rule restricting the use of federal family planning dollars by organizations such as Planned Parenthood who refer for abortions and provide other services. He quotes Sari Stevens, Planned Parenthood Advocate, as saying, "Any reduction in access to women's health services will only lead to more unintended pregnancies, more untreated STDs, more undetected cancers and ultimately more costs to state and federal governments." PP can still provide these services. They only have to stop referring women for abortions. They have to choose if they are for abortion or for the other services. Women could get health services at other community health centers funded by the federal government who do not refer for abortions. Taxpayers are tired of our government funds supporting abortion either directly or indirectly. This new … [Read more...] about Planned Parenthood can get along fine without my money