This week: Ohio’s Senate passed a bill that would dangerously ban abortions after 20 weeks without exceptions for rape or incest; meanwhile, Texas Governor Abbott kicked Planned Parenthood out of a program that provides breast and cervical cancer screenings to low-income women; and the U.S. Senate decides to attack fact-based teen pregnancy prevention programs and replace it with #JunkScience, abstinence-only dogma.
Ohio Is Not For Reproductive Rights Lovers
Wednesday, June 24, 2015, By Kim Palmer, via Reuters
The legislation, which passed 23-9, contains a narrow exception for medical emergencies, but not for rape or incest.
Texas Keeps Getting Messier
Saturday, June 20, 2015, By Alexa Ura, via Texas Tribune
By approving the two-year state budget, Abbott green-lit a provision that will prevent Planned Parenthood from participating in the joint state-federal Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program, which provides cancer screening for poor, uninsured women in Texas.
If It Ain't Broke — Nix It
Tuesday, June 23, 2015, By Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Teen pregnancy and birth rates are at a historic 40-year low, thanks, in part, to increased investment in evidence-based sex education programs and access to birth control.
Yet today the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies joined their House colleagues in a race to the bottom on women’s health — issuing a 2016 fiscal year funding proposal that would dramatically reduce the nation’s family planning program, as well as gut funding for teen pregnancy prevention and sex education programs—while increasing funding for ineffective abstinence-only programs by 300 percent.
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