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Welcome to “The Quickie” — Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s daily tipsheet on the top health care & reproductive rights stories of the day. You can read “The Quickie'' online here.

In today’s Quickie: GOP debate preview, Planned Parenthood Global announces new leadership, and advocates fight back after Fifth Circuit EMTALA ruling. 

A REMINDER FROM OUR FRIENDS AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD VOTES: GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ARE ALL SET TO BAN ABORTION NATIONWIDE: Tonight, GOP presidential candidates, Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis, will make their last debate appearance before the Iowa caucuses. While frontrunner Donald Trump won’t be joining them, the three continue to share one key thing in common: an ultimate goal of banning abortion nationwide. 

Let’s review the facts before tonight’s spectacle: 

  • Donald Trump committed to “get it done” when asked about a national abortion ban and has bragged that he did more to end abortion rights than anyone else. 
  • Nikki Haley is proud of signing an abortion ban without rape or incest exceptions when she was governor of South Carolina, and she’s said “of course” she’d sign a national abortion ban. 
  • Ron DeSantis approved Florida’s abortion ban and pledged to support a national ban if elected President. 

Even as voters resoundingly tell politicians to keep out of our reproductive health decisions, these candidates continue to push for abortion bans and tout their dangerous records. But the reality is that 78% of Americans say abortion should be between patients and their doctors. And those people will vote for reproductive freedom in November.

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD GLOBAL ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP: This morning, Planned Parenthood Global (PPG) officially announced Lori Adelman as Executive Director and Ana Barreto who will be stepping in as Vice President for Latin America.

Lori previously served as Director of Global Communications for PPG over a decade ago. She brings 15+ years of experience and expertise from the global development, media, and feminist philanthropy spaces to shape a new era at PPG. Following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Lori rejoined PPG as Vice President of the Global Connect Team, and in July transitioned to the role of Acting Executive Director. 

Prior to joining PPG, Ana served as a thought leader on human rights issues to different stakeholders, providing strategic vision and guidance, including to WHO, UNFPA, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the UN Commission on the Status of Women, and the Permanent Forum on People of African descent. Ana is dedicated to exploring the intersections of reproductive rights, racial justice, structural inequalities and the arts to lead initiatives ensuring that all people, especially people who face barriers to care due to systemic racism and discrimination, live with dignity and fully enjoy their human rights. 

Read PPG’s full statement here.


“LIVES ARE ON THE LINE” - ADVOCATES FIGHT BACK AFTER TEXAS RULING:  In the wake of the Fifth Circuit Court’s ruling to uphold Texas’ decision on the application of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), Essence highlighted how activists are rallying to ensure Black women are protected. While the decision from the Fifth Circuit means the guidance remains unenforceable, EMTALA remains federal law and requires most hospitals to provide emergency medical care, including care related to pregnancy.

“Abortion bans make pregnancy more dangerous because they prevent people from getting meaningful access to the health care they may need,” said Alexis McGill Johnson, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America in a statement. “Particularly in a state like Texas, where maternal health outcomes are dismal year over year for Black and Brown women, it is shameful that the courts are giving way to them worsening. We must continue to center Black communities and their local leaders in our work to expand sexual and reproductive health care access, close these abysmal gaps in our medical systems, and push back on these harmful policies. As this ruling makes clear, lives are on the line.” 

Read more in Essence


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