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Planned Parenthood Probes Find No Wrongdoing, But The Damage Has Still Been Done

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If an organization is accused of a crime but there's no evidence it committed that crime, should the organization still be pu...

The $7 Billion Question That Will Go Unanswered

Robert Walker | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Robert Walker

In the spirit of an informed public debate, I have one question that I would like to have asked tonight, even if does not provoke a meaningful reply.

How Congress Is Observing World Population Day

Robert Walker | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Walker

Congress is preparing to observe the 26th World Population Day this week by slashing support for family planning and reproductive health programs at home and abroad, including UN programs serving women in refugee camps. Somebody did not get the memo.

Steps Forward in Haiti, Steps Backward at Home

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Susan M. Blaustein

Things got off to a slower-than-usual start one hot morning in June, at the Alyans Sante Borgne (ASB) Women's Health mobile clinic in Tibouk, a tiny riverside market town in northernmost Haiti.

The GOP War on Poor Women's Health

John Seager | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
John Seager

Being both poor and a woman is not easy. Add to that a constant barrage of attacks on your reproductive health, and you've got a nearly impossible situation. Yet, it's something that millions of American women are forced to endure every minute of every hour of every day.

The 'Dangers of Contraception' Revisited

Robert Walker | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Robert Walker

What are Republicans afraid of? What is so threatening or wrong about giving women the ability to space or limit their pregnancies? Why is it that a party that has pushed so hard to defend privacy and personal liberties in so many other realms is so dead-set on depriving women of their reproductive choice?

Laura Bassett

Senate Takes Aim At Family Planning, Teen Pregnancy Prevention | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

A week after the House of Representatives proposed eliminating the entire Title X federal family planning program and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initia...

House Funding Bill Puts Family Planning, Public Health in Peril

Clare Coleman | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Clare Coleman

Congress needs to stop waging an ideologically motivated war against low-income women and men and start passing legislation that makes fiscal, social, and political sense.

Laura Bassett

House GOP Tries To Zero Out Family Planning Funding ... Again | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

House Republicans are trying again this year to eliminate federal funding for a program that provides birth control, HIV testing and sexually transmit...

At the Supreme Court, Women's Health in the Balance

Clare Coleman | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Clare Coleman

Federal funding levels for the Title X family planning program have not come close to meeting the demonstrated need for family planning care and growing challenges of our provider network. In an environment of fiscal austerity and politically motivated attacks, publicly funded family planning health centers cannot continue to do more with less.

Contraception: Time for a 'Just Ask' Campaign?

Robert Walker | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

When candidates seek to satisfy their political base without antagonizing the political center, they often engage in a tightrope act, and the latest high wire act is on contraception.

Employer-Based Birth Control Coverage Is Smart and Right

Laura Stepp | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Laura Stepp

The cost of offering family planning coverage to employees accounts for less than one percent of total employee coverage costs. These costs are easily offset by savings to the employer due to averted unplanned births.

Another Politically Motivated Investigation of Nonprofits?

Robert Walker | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Robert Walker

Now it's the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that appears to be taking a politically selective look at nonprofits. This time around, however, conservatives are not complaining. Why? Because they are the ones who are pushing GAO to do it.

Laura Bassett

Family Planning Has Saved The Government Billions | Laura Bassett | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics

Publicly funded family planning services saved the government a total of $10.5 billion in 2010 and prevented 760,000 abortions, according to a new stu...

Combating Cervical Cancer in the Latina Community

National Council of La Raza | Posted 03.12.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The CDC reports that 60 percent of cervical cancers occur in women who have never received a Pap test or have not been tested within the last five years. So why aren't Latinas getting tested?

Laura Bassett

House Republicans Offer Dueling Bills To Defund Planned Parenthood | Laura Bassett | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics

House Republicans are so eager to strip federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood that two of them have introduced identical bills to do s...

Time to End the War on Contraception

Robert Walker | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Robert Walker

There should be, and always will be, issues that divide the nation, but contraception should not be one of them. Not even close. If ever there was an issue that should unite people on both sides of the aisle, family planning has to be it.

Women's Health on the Fiscal Cliff

Cecile Richards | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Cecile Richards

Access to health care for millions of women is on the line if Congress fails to act and the fiscal cliff's mandatory budget cuts take effect.

A Pocketbook Issue

Ann Ormsby | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Ann Ormsby

At last week's debate, Mitt Romney said "I believe every woman should have access to contraceptives." But the question is how? What is Romney's plan f...

Faith, Fear, and Family Planning

Robert Walker | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

Listen to the clamor this year from the religious right and you would think that most people of faith reject family planning. Hardly. Public opinion polls have consistently shown that support for the use of contraceptives knows no religious bounds.

We're Not 'The Entitlement Generation'

Sandra Fluke | Posted 09.12.2012 | Politics
Sandra Fluke

We agree that "we've got Americans who are struggling." Our question is why so many elected officials have only one answer for them: cutting their safety net while telling them to "go get a job." My generation is looking for better answers than that.

Pro-Life Advocates Should Support Family Planning

Jason Silverstein | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics
Jason Silverstein

Access to family planning, including effective contraception, has been shown to reduce abortions. This isn't complicated. Increasing family planning services reduces the number of unintended pregnancies.

The Romney-Ryan Budget: Taking Aim at Women's Health Care

Terry O'Neill | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

The first thing women should know about the Romney-Ryan budget is that it has been called the single largest transfer of wealth from middle- and low-income earners to millionaires and billionaires in our country's history.

Laura Bassett

Did John Roberts Accidentally Save Planned Parenthood? | Laura Bassett | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON - By rewriting the rules that govern which strings the federal government can attach to its spending on the state level, Chief Justice John...

Laura Bassett

Republican Sponsors Bill To Protect Planned Parenthood Funding | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics

Planned Parenthood does not have many GOP friends in Congress, but one rare, pro-choice Republican in the House of Representatives stuck his neck out ...