Defunding the Police: What it Means and Why Planned Parenthood Supports It
Planned Parenthood — in solidarity with patients, staff, and supporters — stands with the Movement for Black Lives’ call to defund the police. Defunding the police means investing less in militarizing police forces and investing more in community-based solutions, education, and health care.
A dangerous bill that would ban abortion at six weeks of pregnancy in Ohio (House Bill 248) is being debated in the state legislature. Dawn Laguens, the EVP of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, went off on the proposed legislation the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.
The U.S. Supreme Court just put a hold on provisions of a Texas law that threatens to eviscerate access to safe, legal abortion in the state for tens of thousands of women. The Court’s Oct. 14 order temporarily allows health centers that were forced to close earlier this month to resume providing abortions.
On July 2, 2014, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a dangerous bill that would have required women seeking a safe, legal abortion to wait at least 72 hours before getting the procedure. The three-day period was three times as long as the state’s existing mandatory waiting period of 24 hours.
A federal court just ruled to protect Alabama women from the latest attack: In Alabama, a federal court struck down a law that would have shuttered all but two of the state’s only health centers that provide abortions.
This is everything ugly about politics: backroom dealings and greedy politicians attempting to line their own pockets while 400,000 Virginians go without health care that wouldn’t cost the state a dime.