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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. 

Why I Got Arrested for Women's Health

You've seen the news: When they thought no one was looking last week, state senators in North Carolina tucked several dangerous attacks on women's health into an unrelated bill. Legislation originally meant to -- yes, you're reading this right -- ban "Sharia Law" in North Carolina will now also severely restrict a woman's ability to make deeply personal, private decisions about her pregnancy by restricting access to safe and legal abortion.
July 10, 2013

On the Road: Stand with Texas Women Bus Stops in Austin and Houston

Rick Perry and his allies have lit a fuse in Texas. They've slashed funding for women's health and cut 130,000 women off from their only source of care. Now, they're pushing their dangerous agenda to a new extreme — threatening to shut down dozens of health centers, denying even more women access to basic care and ending access to safe and legal abortion in most of the state.
July 10, 2013

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Rally Outside the Texas State Capitol

Legislation isn’t decided by a popularity contest, but if it were HB 2 would lose. Just take a look at this photo of the thousands of women’s health supporters—decked out in orange—who showed up to rally outside the state capitol and oppose the omnibus bill designed to restrict access to safe and legal abortion in the state.
July 9, 2013

Gynotician of the Week: Ohio Governor John Kasich

Anti-women’s health politicians in states like Texas, North Carolina, and Wisconsin continue to try to chip away at women’s health care, but Ohio Governor John Kasich outshone them all this week by signing a budget that included a number of provisions designed to restrict women’s health and rights. With this in mind, we’re bestowing the undignified Gynotician of the week “award” on Governor John Kasich.
July 5, 2013

Over 5,000 Texans Flood the Capitol for Start of Second Special Session

The Texas legislature kicked off their work for the second special session with a vengeance Monday -- and so did supporters of women's health. Well over 5,000 people flooded the Capitol at high noon on a hot day in July to speak out against Governor Perry's dangerous anti-abortion legislation, sending the message -- yet again -- that a vast majority of Texans oppose these measures and will fight them every step of the way.
July 3, 2013

Ohio Governor Kasich Signs Anti-Women’s Health Budget

Last night, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed his state budget—which included a number of anti-women’s health provisions including language designed to defund Planned Parenthood, TRAP restrictions, and a mandatory ultrasound requirement for women seeking an abortion.
July 1, 2013

VIDEO: Texas State Senator Wendy Davis Stands Up For Women

Senator Wendy Davis held her ground in an 11-hour marathon filibuster, speaking out against a dangerous bill that would have forced 37 of Texas' 42 providers of safe and legal abortion to close their doors. Hundreds of Texans packed the capitol to stand with Senator Davis -- and thousands of folks across the country joined in online.
June 28, 2013

Cecile Richards and Wendy Davis Talk Texas on MSNBC

Less than 24 hours after the amazing filibuster from Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, Governor Rick Perry called a second special legislative session to move forward with the extreme legislation designed to virtually ban abortion. It’s an affront to the thousands of Texans who turned out in droves to oppose his efforts at every turn.
June 27, 2013

9 Incredible Things That Happened Yesterday in Texas

WE DID IT! SB5 is dead. Wendy Davis and women's health advocates put up a heroic fight in Texas, and the message was clear: citizens will not allow politics to be put above the will of the people.
June 26, 2013