Why Planned Parenthood was right to refuse federal funding | Moira Donegan

The Trump administration put Planned Parenthood in an untenable position – and the organization made the moral choice to walk away

The Trump administration expanded its assault on women’s rights this week, engineering the loss of birth control and other reproductive healthcare coverage for millions of low income women.

On Monday, the administration’s Title X gag rule went into effect, barring any provider who performs abortions or even provides referrals for them from receiving...

The 2020 candidates finally had to answer activists’ questions about abortion. Here’s what they said

Reproductive freedom activists have long wanted a forum dedicated to abortion. On Saturday, they got one.

Planned Parenthood hosted 20 Democrats running for president at the University of South Carolina, where activists questioned candidates about their record and vision on the issue. During the day-long event, candidates demonstrated their understanding of abortion — whether they view it as health care and understand that it intersects with identities like gender and class.

California files lawsuit over Trump administration’s family planning gag rule

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced on Monday that he filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against the Trump administration’s new regulation that significantly alters the nation’s only family planning program by barring abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.

Becerra is the latest attorney general to announce he’ll sue over changes to the Title X program, joining Washington’s Bob Ferguson and Oregon’s Ellen Rosenb...

The Supreme Court just gave us its first view of how it will handle abortion in the Kavanaugh era

The Supreme Court handed down a surprising order on Monday, announcing it will not hear a pair of cases asking, among other things, how much power conservative states have to defund Planned Parenthood. The order is surprising because, as Justice Clarence Thomas notes in a dissent joined by Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, the two cases meet the ordinary criteria the Supreme Court uses to determine which cases it should hear.

“One of this Court’s primary functions is to ...

‘How can we expand our impact to achieve health equity?’ Planned Parenthood’s new way forward

Dr. Leana Wen’s vision for Planned Parenthood is deceptively simple: “This is Health Care.”

On Thursday, Wen, Planned Parenthood’s new president, announced the organization’s new way forward, affirming an obvious truth that bears repeating: reproductive health care — like contraception, abortion, or comprehensive sex education — is health care, period.

“I’m deeply troubled by how health care — specifically reproducti...

Republicans in swing districts are scared to tell voters the truth about Planned Parenthood

Since anti-abortion advocates released a series of selectively edited and highly misleading videos in 2015 intended to give the false impression that Planned Parenthood clinics inappropriately profit from the sale of aborted fetuses, Republicans in Congress have repeatedly tried to cut off all federal funding that goes to the health non-profit. But as the 2018 midterms draw near, few Republican House candidates in swing districts are talking about it at all — even those who are runni...

Rand Paul proposes Planned Parenthood ‘poison pill’ to Senate funding bill

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is continuing his years-long crusade against Planned Parenthood, filing an amendment to a massive Senate appropriations bill last week that would cut federal funding from the organization, as well as others that perform abortion procedures.

In a statement released Friday, Paul said his amendment to the Senate appropriations package for Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education is “our chance to turn our words into action, stand up for the sancti...