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Five Takeaways From the 2019 Elections

Huge victories for reproductive health champions send a big signal about key issues that may swing elections in 2020

It’s Trust Women Week and Time for Politicians to Listen Up

This week—as we celebrate 40 years of Roe v. Wade—we’re reminded of the importance the ruling made in women’s health and lives. By confirming a woman’s constitutional right to consider safe and legal abortion, if and when she needs it, the Supreme Court ruled that women could be trusted to make their own health care decisions, without interference from politicians.
July 17, 2013

Daily Reminder: New Mexico Abortion Bill Could Criminalize Providers

The first version of the New Mexico abortion bill could have jailed the rape survivor. The redrafted version could jail the health provider. Either way, the woman loses her right to make her own medical decisions without interference from politicians. New Mexico Rep. Cathrynn Brown's new bill is no better than the old one.
July 17, 2013

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Thank you, Secretary of State HIllary Clinton

As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton has put the rights of women and girls front and center in the State Department policies and programs; she will truly be missed! Much has been made of her unique partnership with President Obama, but we think it’s worth taking a few minutes to talk about her legacy for women and girls.
July 17, 2013

The Republican Attack on Women: Time for the GOP to Change Positions

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

Hillary Clinton’s Legacy on Women and Girls Goes On

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

Violence Against Women Act controversy? It’s not controversial

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

One Billion Rising Urges the Passing of the Violence Against Women Act

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

A Texas-Sized Standoff that is Just Beginning…

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

Gynotician of the Week: House Speaker Thom Tillis

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