As the Republican Party continues to regroup after major loses in the 2012 elections—where it suffered from the largest gender gap in history—pro-women’s health Republicans are joining with Republican Majority for Choice (RMC) to call on the GOP to chart a new course in its approach to women’s health. Already, Republicans in Congress have attacked women’s health, introducing multiple bills to defund Planned Parenthood demonstrating, they’re back to their old tactics. If the 2012 election proved anything, it’s that attacking women’s health is not a winning strategy. Now, more than ever, we must take action and ask the party to rethink its extreme stances on women’s reproductive health policy, as well as the wildly offensive statements from numerous GOP candidates that drove away scores of women voters in the previous election.
July 17, 2013
Today is Hillary Clinton’s last day of work at the State Department. It is also the day when John Kerry will begin his work as secretary of state. As this transition takes place, one issue we have paid close attention to is the future of U.S. leadership for women’s health and rights globally, which Clinton has made a priority during her tenure. This week, however, the Obama administration has made clear that this administration will continue its official policy of fostering tremendous advancements for women and girls around the world. This is great news for women and young people worldwide and signals the lasting legacy of Clinton’s leadership in promoting women and girls.
July 17, 2013
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First passed in 1994 with broad bipartisan support, and reauthorized TWICE since with improved protections, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a critical law that has had a tremendous impact on reducing the national rate of intimate partner violence. One would think that passing a bill that works to ensure women are safe and healthy would be a no brainer, but that was not the case last year. Lawmakers in Congress failed to come to an agreement to reauthorize VAWA. More specifically, the House refused to pass an inclusive VAWA bill that meets the needs of all victims, including Native Americans, immigrants, and LGBT victims.
July 17, 2013
This Valentine’s Day, Planned Parenthood affiliates and organizations across the country are sending a strong message to members of Congress: we must put an end to violence against women.
July 16, 2013
What happened in Texas over the last couple of weeks was a sight to behold. From the moment Wendy Davis took to the floor to filibuster SB 5 on June 26—an extreme and dangerous bill that could severely restrict access to safe and legal abortion in the state, we knew something special was happening.
July 15, 2013
Even before he assumed the role of House Speaker, Thom Tillis made clear that limiting a woman’s right to make her own personal medical decisions was a top priority. His priorities became more than clear this week when he played an integral role in maneuvering two bills, both originally unrelated to women's health, amended with some of the most dangerous and extreme abortion restrictions in the country and rushed through with every trick in the book.
July 12, 2013
On Wednesday, the bus stopped in Dallas for a press conference outside City Hall that drew about two hundred supporters. From there, we hopped back on the bus and headed to Fort Worth where more than 1,500 people stood in the 100 degree heat to stand with Texas women.
July 11, 2013
Senator Marco Rubio is reportedly poised to introduce a nationwide 20-week abortion ban. Hundreds of staff and youth leaders from across the country rallied at the U.S. Capitol to say “enough is enough”.
July 11, 2013
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