Posts Categorized: Abortion Rights/Reproductive Issues

Why the Attacks on Planned Parenthood Keep Failing

When Republican leaders in Washington don’t feel like governing, they attack women’s health care and abortion rights. That’s what happened this week, as a focus on defunding Planned Parenthood jumped to the head of the line in legislative priorities for the House of Representatives. That, and launching vicious personal attacks on Cecile Richards, the organization’s… Read more »

I Stand With Planned Parenthood Because It Helps So Many Stand for Themselves

By Marandah Field-Elliot, Government Relations Intern I have always been a paranoid person. A lock-the-doors-twice, never-even-think-of-trespassing, glass-of-water-between-drinks-at-a-party type of person. So, one Tuesday when I forgot to take my daily birth control until three hours past I was supposed to, I saw a life of teenage pregnancy flash before my eyes — my impending college… Read more »

Wave of Harmful State Legislation Continues, but Some Good Bills Offered

835.  That is the number of anti-choice measures enacted in states between 1995 and 2014 according to NARAL Pro-Choice America’s 2014 report, “Who Decides?.” Last year alone, state legislators enacted 27 anti-choice measures across the nation. The trend is alarming and doesn’t look to be slowing down. [EDITOR’S NOTE: A guide to legislation recently introduced… Read more »

SCOTUS Playing Politics with Healthcare in King v. Burwell

Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for King v. Burwell, the latest Supreme Court case aimed at dismantling the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  This particular case calls into question one very specific phrase in the legislation, which, until very recently, was not a site of contention for either political party.  Ultimately,… Read more »

Women’s Health Protection Act Would Overturn Harmful Abortion Restrictions

Right now, the possibility of success is just a gleam in the eyes of women’s reproductive health advocates, but the recently re-introduced Women’s Health Protection Act of 2015, H.R. 448/ S. 217– if it were to become law – would help overturn hundreds of restrictive abortion laws that have been passed in recent years. If… Read more »

Roe Day 2015

I have always been passionate about social justice issues.  As such, I’ve probably attended more rallies and protests than the average 20-year-old.  Never, however, had I attended one like the protest on Thursday, January 22, 2015—the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Standing outside the Supreme Court made for a dramatic change in scenery from… Read more »

H.R. 7 – A Broad Attack on Insurance Coverage and Abortion Funding

On Jan, 22, 1973, women celebrated the momentous decision in which they were given control of their reproductive health. Thursday, on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, women were struck with disappointment when the House passed H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer-Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, a definite and wide-ranging attack… Read more »