Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, and their anti-women’s health cohorts are using the special legislative session to fast-track legislation designed to dramatically restrict access to safe and legal abortion in Texas, but Texans aren’t letting them pass it without a fight.
When was the last time you asked a politician for medical advice? We’re guessing never—but that hasn’t stopped a number of out-of-touch politicians from trying to get involved in the personal and private medical decisions best left up to a woman, her faith, and her family.
Defenders are a core group of supporters who have said they'll give their time to defend Planned Parenthood, the health services they provide, and the people who rely on them — in what just may be the fight of our lives.
The House Republicans, ignoring public opinion and good policy,have steadfastly moved forward with a bill that would ban abortion nationally after 20 weeks. But a funny thing happened on the way to the floor.
Arizona Rep. Trent Franks’ 20-week nationwide abortion ban is going to be up for a vote next week, and a number of Republicans are speaking out against this extreme and blatantly unconstitutional legislation that continues to play to the fringes of the party while further alienating women across the country.
Last night, Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards joined MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow to discuss the attacks on women’s health both in Congress and in the states. From the 20-week nationwide ban on abortion introduced by Arizona Congressman Trent Franks to the extreme Iowa bill forcing the Governor to certify when an abortion is ‘medically necessary’, women’s health is under attack.
Great news! Yesterday, the Obama administration announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will comply with a federal judge’s order to make emergency contraception available over the counter, for all women, with no age restrictions. This is a major victory for women’s health—and for expanding access to birth control!