In Texas, the number of poor women on birth control dropped after Planned Parenthood was defunded

When the Framers of the Constitution wrote about freedom of religion, it is certain that they meant that government should not force certain religious beliefs on the citizens of this country. Indeed, the First Amendment asserts that individuals and groups have the right to practice (or not) any religion they choose. Yet, Republicans insist on turning their religious beliefs into law. And there is no other example of this that is quite so egregious as their obsession with abortion and Planned Parenthood.

In Texas, Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood have already caused all kinds of havoc like an increase in teen abortion rates. And a new study shows that four years after Planned Parenthood was dropped from the state’s family-planning program for low-income women, “the number of clients obtaining birth control dropped by 41 percent.”

Using the state’s own data, the Center for Public Policy Priorities reported that, from 2011 to 2015,

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In Texas, the number of poor women on birth control dropped after Planned Parenthood was defunded

When the Framers of the Constitution wrote about freedom of religion, it is certain that they meant that government should not force certain religious beliefs on the citizens of this country. Indeed, the First Amendment asserts that individuals and groups have the right to practice (or not) any religion they choose. Yet, Republicans insist on turning their religious beliefs into law. And there is no other example of this that is quite so egregious as their obsession with abortion and Planned Parenthood.

In Texas, Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood have already caused all kinds of havoc like an increase in teen abortion rates. And a new study shows that four years after Planned Parenthood was dropped from the state’s family-planning program for low-income women, “the number of clients obtaining birth control dropped by 41 percent.”

Using the state’s own data, the Center for Public Policy Priorities reported that, from 2011 to 2015,

Continue reading “In Texas, the number of poor women on birth control dropped after Planned Parenthood was defunded”

In Texas, the number of poor women on birth control dropped after Planned Parenthood was defunded

When the Framers of the Constitution wrote about freedom of religion, it is certain that they meant that government should not force certain religious beliefs on the citizens of this country. Indeed, the First Amendment asserts that individuals and groups have the right to practice (or not) any religion they choose. Yet, Republicans insist on turning their religious beliefs into law. And there is no other example of this that is quite so egregious as their obsession with abortion and Planned Parenthood.

In Texas, Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood have already caused all kinds of havoc like an increase in teen abortion rates. And a new study shows that four years after Planned Parenthood was dropped from the state’s family-planning program for low-income women, “the number of clients obtaining birth control dropped by 41 percent.”

Using the state’s own data, the Center for Public Policy Priorities reported that, from 2011 to 2015,

Continue reading “In Texas, the number of poor women on birth control dropped after Planned Parenthood was defunded”

Progressive coalition issues statement on Democratic candidates’ abortion ‘litmus test’

A major dispute arose this week when Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Ben Ray Lujan noted that there would be no “litmus test” for Democrats running in the 2018 elections. Specifically, he opened the door to supporting anti-abortion Democrats in that contest in which Democrats must win 24 seats to gain a majority in the House of Representatives. In fact, that’s not a new stance from the DCCC.

But Lujan’s remarks sparked considerable anger from reproductive rights activists and their allies for throwing women under the bus. And this, while across the nation, Planned Parenthood is under attack and state after state is passing new restrictions on abortion, 41 of them this year alone, hundreds in the past six years.

Consequently, an ad hoc coalition of progressives has issued a statement, endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America, challenging the DCCC’s approach. (You can read the entire statement below.)

On Monday, when Lujan

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Progressive coalition issues statement on Democratic candidates’ abortion ‘litmus test’

A major dispute arose this week when Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Ben Ray Lujan noted that there would be no “litmus test” for Democrats running in the 2018 elections. Specifically, he opened the door to supporting anti-abortion Democrats in that contest in which Democrats must win 24 seats to gain a majority in the House of Representatives. In fact, that’s not a new stance from the DCCC.

But Lujan’s remarks sparked considerable anger from reproductive rights activists and their allies for throwing women under the bus. And this, while across the nation, Planned Parenthood is under attack and state after state is passing new restrictions on abortion, 41 of them this year alone, hundreds in the past six years.

Consequently, an ad hoc coalition of progressives has issued a statement, endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America, challenging the DCCC’s approach. (You can read the entire statement below.)

On Monday, when Lujan

Continue reading “Progressive coalition issues statement on Democratic candidates’ abortion ‘litmus test’”

Progressive coalition issues statement on Democratic candidates’ abortion ‘litmus test’

A major dispute arose this week when Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Ben Ray Lujan noted that there would be no “litmus test” for Democrats running in the 2018 elections. Specifically, he opened the door to supporting anti-abortion Democrats in that contest in which Democrats must win 24 seats to gain a majority in the House of Representatives. In fact, that’s not a new stance from the DCCC.

But Lujan’s remarks sparked considerable anger from reproductive rights activists and their allies for throwing women under the bus. And this, while across the nation, Planned Parenthood is under attack and state after state is passing new restrictions on abortion, 41 of them this year alone, hundreds in the past six years.

Consequently, an ad hoc coalition of progressives has issued a statement, endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America, challenging the DCCC’s approach. (You can read the entire statement below.)

On Monday, when Lujan

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Federal courts smack down extremist forced-birther laws in Arkansas and Alabama

Over the past 14 months there have been a number of encouraging court rulings on abortion, starting with Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt last June. There were a couple more last Friday, as reported by Jezebel:

In Arkansas, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on four laws, three of which would have gone into effect on Tuesday, in a case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of Little Rock abortion provider Dr. Frederick Hopkins. The laws ban a common second-trimester abortion  procedure known as dilation and evacuation; impose restrictions regarding the fetal remains that could allow a woman’s sexual partner or even her rapist, to effectively block her abortion ; expand requirements around reporting a minor’s abortion  to law enforcement; and require providers to obtain records of a

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