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~ By Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America ~  I see it every single time I walk into a Planned Parenthood health center. And if you've ever walked through those doors — especially as a patient — then you know exactly what I'm talking about. The nurses and doctors, th…Continue Reading


The Real Impact of Restrictions in Oklahoma

Category: Abortion, Republicans

The last few years have set records for the extent of bad legislation that has been passed to restrict women’s health and access to safe and legal abortion.  The state of Oklahoma has been on a race to the bottom when it comes to women’s health for some time now, with a very real and serious impact …Continue Reading

Tags: Republicans, Abortion, Abortion restrictions, Oklahoma, Republicans for Planned Parenthood

An Unpopular Initiative in Michigan

Category: Abortion

Right to Life of Michigan has submitted signatures for an initiative to ban insurance from covering abortion. If the initiative becomes law, coverage for abortion would only be available through an unworkable “rider” system. This initiative has no exemptions for survivors of rape or incest.  Propone…Continue Reading

Tags: Abortion, Michigan, Abortion restrictions, Insurance

Women’s Health Decisions Shouldn’t Be Political

Category: Republicans

A few weeks ago I saw the National Journal’s latest polling that shows women feel that the Republican Party is moving further away from them and had to weigh in. As the days went by I decided I wanted to discuss the results of this polling that shows only 14 percent of women think the GOP is now clo…Continue Reading

Tags: Republicans, Texas, Wendy Davis, women's health, Planned Parenthood, Greg Abbott

Texas Voter ID Law Disenfranchises Women Voters

Category: State Fights

Last night, Cecile Richards joined Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC’s The Last Word to discuss a new law in Texas that is disenfranchising women, making it harder for them to vote. It is not a coincidence that at the same time elected officials are limiting women’s access to reproductive health care, th…Continue Reading


Ohio Agrees Medicaid Expansion is Too Good to Pass Up

Category: Obamacare, State Fights, Medicaid

Medicaid Expansion Map

Great news in Ohio: Governor John Kasich is the 25th governor to make the decision to expand Medicaid in his state—making coverage available to an additional 275,000 low-income Ohioans who need it. Better yet, Governor Kasich is the latest of several Republican governors who have decided to do what'…Continue Reading

Tags: Ohio, Governor John Kasich, Medicaid Expansion, Family planning