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Supreme Court Protects Access Abortion — For Now

In June Medical Services v. Russo, the U.S. Supreme Court sent a resounding message to politicians all across the country: It is unconstitutional to impose medically unnecessary laws that place an undue burden on a person’s right to safe, legal abortion.

Missouri Begins the Year with Barrage of Attacks

The new year has just begun, and for Missouri, that means anti-women’s health politicians have resumed trying to chip away at women’s health and rights. Already, they have introduced fifteen of out-of-touch and extreme bills to restrict access to safe, legal abortion.
Jan. 23, 2014

Roe Rebooted: Bringing the Torch to Our Campus

As a current undergraduate, I can’t remember a time that access to safe and legal abortion was not the law of the land. Don’t be fooled – I don’t take this right for granted. Our grandmothers, our mothers, our communities fought for this right so that I would be able to make my own decisions about my body.
Jan. 22, 2014

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What Happened At the Supreme Court Yesterday

Yesterday, the Supreme Court held oral arguments for McCullen vs. Coakley, a case that will affect whether staff and patients will have reasonable protection from violence and harassment while accessing health centers.
Jan. 16, 2014

Why I Need a Buffer Zone at the Gynecologist’s Office

I’m a tough chick. I’ve worked as a fitness instructor for 25 years, and I’m very physically fit. Even still, I have been threatened and harassed for years as a patient at Planned Parenthood by protesters. My most recent unpleasant experience occurred nearly two years ago at a Boston Planned Parenthood health care center.
Jan. 15, 2014

What Are the Women’s Health Cases before the Supreme Court This Term?

Since the Supreme Court started their new term in October, there have been a lot of developments on issues related to women’s health. We pulled together a quick overview, to get you up to speed about what has already taken place, and what’s on the horizon.
Jan. 15, 2014

You’ll Never Guess What House Republicans Are Doing in the New Year (well, you probably will)

Only a few days into the first session of the New Year and anti-women’s health politicians are already attacking abortion rights. Last week, they held a hearing on H.R. 7, a bill that is not only dangerous to women’s health, but would take away important tax benefits from American families and small business.
Jan. 13, 2014

A Texas-Style Roundup of the Ongoing Fight for Women’s Health

This week, Planned Parenthood returned to court, asking a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to uphold a ruling of a federal district court blocking a Texas law that when it took effect was projected to eliminate access to safe, legal abortion for one out of three Texas women in need.
Jan. 9, 2014

Cecile Richards Discusses Birth Control and the Supreme Court with MSNBC’s Alex Wagner

Last week, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor temporarily blocked implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit requirement as applied to religiously affiliated organizations.
Jan. 7, 2014

What Justice Sotomayor’s Ruling Is Really About

Earlier this week, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor grabbed some headlines (and understandably caused some confusion) after she temporarily blocked implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit requirement as applied to religiously affiliated organizations. To be clear: the dispute does not in any way involve whether or not churches and places of worship are exempt from covering birth control (they are). Rather, the dispute is about other, religiously affiliated organizations, and how they can choose to “opt out” of the requirement.
Jan. 3, 2014