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New Evidence Undermines The Entire Premise Of Anti-Abortion Laws

As the Supreme Court deliberates over one of the most critical abortion rights cases of the last several decades, a newly-published study has revealed findings with profound implications for the abortion debate as a whole: In contrast to what abortion opponents claim, recent reductions in the U.S. abortion rate are attributable almost entirely to a … Continue reading

Unintended Pregnancy Plunges To Lowest Rate In 30 Years, Thanks To IUDs

A new study finds that the unintended pregnancy rate in the United States declined by 18 percent between 2008 and 2011, falling to the lowest rate in more than three decades. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, attributes the dramatic decline in unintended pregnancies to the increasing use of long-acting reversible … Continue reading

‘Moderate’ John Kasich Is About To Defund Planned Parenthood

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the so-called “moderate” in the Republican presidential primary race, confirmed on Wednesday that he will sign into law an extreme new piece of legislation that effectively defunds Planned Parenthood clinics statewide by denying state and federal grants to “organizations that provide or advocate for abortion care, are affiliated with organizations that … Continue reading

Poetic Justice: Grand Jury Investigating Planned Parenthood Indicts Anti-Abortion Activists Instead

A Texas grand jury tasked with investigating Planned Parenthood wrapped up on Monday by issuing several indictments — not to the women’s healthcare provider, but to two of the anti-abortion activists who prompted the investigation in the first place. The Harris County District Attorney’s office in Houston, Texas, announced late Monday that Planned Parenthood had … Continue reading

Planned Parenthood Just Filed A Major Lawsuit Over Deceptive Undercover Videos

Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday against the anti-abortion activists that produced a series of heavily edited, deceptive undercover videos of the family planning provider’s staffers talking about fetal tissue donations.  The civil suit accuses the defendants — the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress and a fake fetal tissue procurement company called … Continue reading

Maternal Mortality Rates Drop Worldwide, Except In The United States

While maternal mortality rates across the world have fallen by nearly 50% over the last 25 years, rates in the United States have risen during that same time period, according to a new global survey published Thursday by the United Nations and World Bank. Maternal mortality is defined as the death of a woman during … Continue reading

Birth Control Returns To The High Court: SCOTUS To Hear New Challenge To Obamacare’s Contraceptive Coverage

For the fourth time in three years, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a series of challenges to the Affordable Care Act. And for the second time, the target is birth control coverage. The Justices announced Friday that they would review a group of seven cases, brought by religiously affiliated nonprofits, all of … Continue reading

GOP Admits Congressional Probe Of Planned Parenthood Came Up Empty. So Why Are They Starting A New Round Of Investigations?

After months of slanderous attacks on Planned Parenthood, Rep Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), chairman of the Republican-led House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, admitted Thursday that he and his committee had, predictably, turned up no evidence whatsoever that Planned Parenthood ever engaged in any wrongdoing. But that doesn’t mean they’re done looking for proof to justify … Continue reading

Myths, Manterruptions, & Mythical Math: 5 Takeaways From The GOP’s Planned Parenthood Hearing

Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, testified before Congress on Tuesday at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing aimed at discontinuing federal tax funding for Planned Parenthood. The hearing — just one arm of the GOP’s coordinated attack on Planned Parenthood — ended up revealing a lot more about the Republican Party … Continue reading

Why Are We Speculating About The Effects Of Defunding Planned Parenthood, When We’ve Already Witnessed The Disastrous Consequences?

In response to the release of a series of deceptively edited videos created by anti-abortion activists, a group of right-wing Republican lawmakers are trying to push through a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s … Continue reading

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