Defenders are a core group of supporters who have said they'll give their time to defend Planned Parenthood, the health services they provide, and the people who rely on them — in what just may be the fight of our lives.
As 2013 comes to a close, it’s a time to reflect on the past year. We write these pieces every year, and we got to thinking…wouldn’t it be more fun, in service of remembering the good, the bad, and the simply absurd, if we made them awards?
Remember Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC)? It was little more than a month ago when she attacked Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at an oversight hearing because the Affordable Care Act includes maternity coverage as part of the women’s preventive health benefits.
Democrats have once again preempted Republicans on the issue of women's health, this week introducing in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, the Women's Health Protection Act. In response to an unprecedented level of attacks on women’s reproductive health over the past few years, the Women’s Health Protection Act would create federal protections against state restrictions on abortion that do not advance women’s health and safety but actually create barriers to women accessing a safe and legal medical procedure that also is constitutionally protected.
Amidst the barrage of attacks on women’s health—from the nationwide 20 week ban to the attempts to chip away at affordable health care under Obamacare—there is some positive news! Today, Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) are introducing the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA).
Late Saturday night, anti-women’s health lawmakers in the House of Representatives, showed they are willing to do whatever it takes to stop Obamacare and take away women’s access to health care, even if that includes shutting down the entire government.
Last year, Florida Senator Marco Rubio co-sponsored the much-talked-about Blunt amendment — which would have let your boss decide whether women could get access to affordable birth control or not. So it’s really no surprise that Rubio would volunteer to be the lead sponsor on a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks.