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Cecile Richards is president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, PPFA's advocacy and political arm. Cecile writes about election issues as the president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund or on behalf of Planned Parenthood Votes. She is a leader in national progressive politics with more than 20 years of experience working on behalf of reproductive freedom and social justice. Prior to joining PPFA, Ms. Richards served as founder and president of America Votes, a coalition of more than 30 national organizations, including the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. America Votes was created to maximize voter registration, education, and mobilization among grassroots organizations. Directly before serving as president of America Votes, Ms. Richards worked as deputy chief of staff for Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, where she played a key role in the Congress member's election as the first woman Democratic leader of the House of Representatives.

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What Do Arizona's Anti-LGBT Bill and the Supreme Court Birth Control Cases Have in Common? They're Not About Religious Liberty

(98) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 6:17 PM

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was right to veto an extreme bill that would have allowed companies to refuse service to a wide range of people. This bill was absolutely unacceptable -- and people all over the country and across the political spectrum breathed a sigh of relief when Brewer stopped...

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March Because Your Rights Shouldn't Depend on Your Zip Code

(73) Comments | Posted February 8, 2014 | 9:27 AM

Today in Raleigh, North Carolina, tens of thousands of folks are marching to protest voting restrictions and the ongoing assault on basic civil rights by North Carolina politicians. Led by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and the North Carolina NAACP, along with more than 150 local and national coalition...

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Tough News From Texas -- But the Fight Is Far From Over

(82) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 8:48 AM

Last night the Supreme Court denied a request by Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the ACLU to reinstate a permanent injunction entered by a federal district court last month in our lawsuit against Texas' dangerous and extreme restrictions on abortion. As a result, one-third of Texas women...

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A Lesson From Virginia: Attacking Women's Health Is Not Only Bad Policy, It's Bad Politics

(669) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 10:25 AM

Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott recently told an El Paso audience: "There is no one in the state of Texas who has done more to fight to help women than I have in the past decade."

It's a bold choice of words coming from...

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Great News for Women in Texas

(321) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 6:43 PM

Today in Haltom City, at the place where she received her high school diploma, State Senator Wendy Davis announced her candidacy for governor of Texas.

Here's a sentence we don't get to say often enough: This is great news for women in Texas.

This summer, when Governor Rick Perry, Lt....

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Planned Parenthood In Court to Protect Texas Women's Health

(254) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 10:57 AM

Today, Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the Texas law that would drastically reduce access to safe and legal abortion for many women from taking effect.The law is unconstitutional, it interferes with the ability of women to make...

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Dispatch from Austin

(323) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 10:11 AM

The Texas Legislature is back at the Capitol today, trying to pass a bill that would wipe out access to safe and legal abortion for millions of women in the state.

These are some of the most extreme abortion restrictions in the country. They could shut down 36 of...

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Some Amazing News Out of Texas

(514) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 10:08 AM

You can practically hear the shouts this morning as folks all over the country wake up to - I can't believe I get to write this - some amazing news out of Texas.

The final hours of the fight against one of the most extreme anti-abortion laws in...

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A Standoff of Texas Proportion

(268) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 12:36 PM

From the day my mother, Ann Richards, took office as governor of Texas, she made it her mission to open the doors of government and "let the people in." Here in Austin, hundreds of Texans are taking her up on that offer.

Governor Perry and friends are fast tracking a...

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When an Extreme Agenda Wins, Women Lose

(873) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 12:14 PM

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a nationwide ban on abortions at 20 weeks.

Just to put any doubt to rest: Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land for 40 years. In that time, the Supreme Court has made it clear that the Constitution protects...

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Wonderful News for Women: Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception On Its Way

(378) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 3:29 PM

Just last night, the Obama administration announced that the FDA will comply with a federal judge's order to make emergency contraception available over the counter for all women, with no age restrictions.

It's only fitting that this decision comes less than a week after we celebrated the 48th anniversary of...

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Birth Control Works... But Only When Women Have Access to It

(1138) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 11:47 AM

One year ago this week, a Congressional committee held a hearing about whether women need access to birth control -- and called panels that did not include any women speaking in favor of it. The Committee Chairman, Representative Darrell Issa, refused to hear testimony from a Georgetown Law student named...

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Birth Control Benefit a Huge Advance for Women's Health and Equality

(1164) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 3:35 PM

Birth control was illegal 97 years ago, when Margaret Sanger and her sister, Ethel, opened a clinic in a tiny storefront in Brooklyn -- the first Planned Parenthood health center. For 10 cents apiece, women could get information about family planning. From the very first day, women lined up down...

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Memo to Michigan: Did You Not Hear the Voters on Women's Health?

(1040) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 10:10 AM

An alarming set of bills is about to move to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's desk as soon as today. Pushed through by lame-duck legislators who are about to leave office, these bills would make Michigan one of the most regressive states in the nation on women's health.

If...

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Women's Health on the Fiscal Cliff

(163) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 8:33 AM

Like the vast majority of Americans, I want Congress to come to a deal that will avoid the budget conundrum known as the "fiscal cliff." I want Congress to resolve this because I know what's at stake for women.

Make no mistake: access to health care for millions of...

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Savita's Death Was Not an Isolated Incident

(792) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 4:19 PM

By now news of Savita Halappanavar's senseless death has traveled around the world, drawing attention to Ireland's near-total ban on abortion and the horrific consequences of such policies. This is not a stand-alone case. Every 90 seconds a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, totaling...

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Teens, Sex and Why Talking Matters

(149) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 2:55 PM

Having been a mom for 25 years, one thing I've learned is that parenting is as much a practice of repetition as it is of love. If we want to help our kids to make healthy decisions, we have to be clear about our values and about the information we...

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Dispatch From Charlotte: The Stakes in November

(191) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 10:19 AM

I'm from Texas, where women have had to fight for everything we've got.

When my great-grandmother was a girl, the only folks under Texas law who couldn't vote were "idiots, imbeciles, the insane... and women."

But just two generations later, her granddaughter -- my mom, Ann Richards -- was...

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Celebrating Women's Health and the Affordable Care Act

(207) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 10:53 AM

As we ride out another month of attacks on women's health care, let's take a moment to mark an important milestone. It was two years ago this week that President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a significant step in fixing the country's broken health system.

ACA...

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On Planned Parenthood and Komen: What You Can Do

(1458) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 5:20 PM

The news this week that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, after years of pressure from political groups, will end its support of lifesaving breast cancer screening at Planned Parenthood health centers comes as a blow to women across America. It is a tremendous disappointment to all of...

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