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11/13/2015 - Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case on Texas Anti-Abortion Law
The Supreme Court announced today that it will review an anti-abortion Texas law that threatens to close more than 75 percent of abortion clinics in the state and deny millions of women access to safe, legal abortion. "Today, my heart is filled with hope," said Amy Hagstrom Miller, Founder and President of Whole Woman's Health, the lead plaintiff in the case....

11/10/2015 - Jindal Appeals Federal Court Ruling That Saved Medicaid Funding for Planned Parenthood
Last week, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's administration filed an appeal notice at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal in New Orleans after a federal judge ordered his administration to cease efforts to strip Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood in the state. Late last month, after temporarily blocking Jindal's attempts, U.S....

11/9/2015 - Feminist Majority Honored Congresswomen and a Leading Women's Health Advocate
The Feminist Majority Foundation and its 42 co-sponsors honored Congresswomen Louise Slaughter with a Lifetime Achievement Award, Barbara Lee and Donna Edwards with Fearless Trailblazer Awards, and Amy Hagstrom Miller, President and Founder of Whole Women's Health with its Courage Award at the 2015 Women Money Power Summit. The awards were presented before a packed ballroom at the National Press Club....

11/2/2015 - Teen Births In Colorado Dip 48 Percent Thanks To LARCs
Just five years since Colorado introduced an innovative family planning initiative providing little to no-cost long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) to low-income women in 68 clinics, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced a 48 percent decline in teen births and abortions statewide, effectively linking access to affordable reproductive care to low rates of unintended pregnancy. Since 2009, the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, a five-year pilot program funded privately with a $25 million grant from the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, has provided more than 30,000 intrauterine devices (IUDs) and other LARC methods including hormonal implants to low-income and uninsured women across the state....

10/29/2015 - Texas Officials Raid Planned Parenthood
Just three days after Texas officials announced their plan to cut Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, investigators from the state's Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) raided a handful of the women's healthcare provider's clinics, demanding patients' records and billing details as well as employee information. Last week, state officials from the Texas Office of the Inspector General (a division of the HHSC led by Stuart Brown) served subpoenas to Planned Parenthood facilities in Brownsville, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio and ordered to surrender documents - including Medicaid records dating back to 2010 - to authorities within 24 hours....

10/28/2015 - Gov. Cuomo Signs Women's Equality Bills Into Law
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo just signed into law several bills strengthening protections for women in the workplace as well as victims of sex trafficking, sexual harassment, and domestic violence in an effort to further women's equality in the state. The new laws close loopholes that had allowed employers to have policies against sharing wage information and increases the amount of damages that can be collected in cases of wage theft; expands protections against workplace sexual harassment to include all employers, not just those with more than four employees; and allows recovery of attorneys' fees by successful plaintiffs in sex discrimination in employment and credit cases....

10/26/2015 - Planned Parenthood Clinic Vandalized by Intruder With Hatchet
In the latest incident of violent anti-abortion extremism, an intruder wielding a hatchet ripped through a Planned Parenthood in Claremont, New Hampshire last week destroying telephones, medical equipment, computers and plumber fixtures, resulting in "significant" damage including flooding.According to Claremont law enforcement, a suspect, described only as a juvenile, was apprehended at the scene. Wednesday's act of clinic violence marks the second in as many weeks at the Planned Parenthood of Northern New England....

10/23/2015 - New Report Details Growing Threat of Politicians 'Playing Doctor'
In a new report released last week, health and safety experts urged policymakers to consider the growing influence of US politicians in their electorate's most personal and private spaces: exam rooms. Compiled by the National Partnership for Women and Families in collaboration with the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the National Physicians Alliance (NPA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the report, entitled "Politics in the Exam Room: A Growing Threat", details how political influence has adversely affected the management of healthcare in the United States by highlighting three critical areas of concern: toxic exposure, gun safety and reproductive health....

10/21/2015 - Texas to Cut Medicaid Funding to Planned Parenthood
On Monday, Texas officials announced the state will cut Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, violating federal law and denying critical reproductive health care to tens of thousands of Texas women. In a letter to Planned Parenthood's affiliates in the state, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Office of the Inspector General Stuart Bowen accused the women's healthcare provider of no longer capably "performing medical services in a professionally competent, safe, legal, and ethical manner" and announcing the withdrawal of funding for the organization through the state's Medicaid program....

10/20/2015 - Arizona Judge Blocks Restrictive Anti-Abortion Law
An Arizona judge permanently blocked a 2012 anti-abortion law on Thursday that would have severely restricted medication abortions, ruling the measure would have violated the state's Constitution by allowing state lawmakers to assign legislative authority to outside entities. HB 2036 would have forced physicians to strictly adhere to the FDA's guidelines for dosing and administering mifepristone and its companion drug misoprostol, requiring patients to schedule separate appointments in order to receive both medications in office and at a higher dosage than typically prescribed in practice....

10/19/2015 - Dangerous TRAP Laws Blocked in Ohio and Oklahoma
This week, women's healthcare providers in Ohio and Oklahoma challenging anti-abortion legislation have succeeded in blocking dangerous TRAP laws in two of the most hostile states in the nation for reproductive rights. On Tuesday, in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio, a federal court issued a preliminary injunction blocking the enforcement of HB64, a 2015 measure which automatically suspends ambulatory surgical facilities (ASFs) licenses should the state's Department of Health deny an application for variance or neglect to process it within 60 days of receipt....

10/15/2015 - Oklahoma State Court Blocks One Anti-Abortion Measure, Allows Another
A state court blocked an Oklahoma measure yesterday that would have banned the most commonly used method of second trimester abortion....

10/13/2015 - FMF Supports New PPFA Policy, Congress Must Stop War on Women
The Feminist Majority Foundation stands with Planned Parenthood in its new policy to provide patients with the opportunity to donate fetal tissue for medical research, without accepting reimbursements for their health centers' reasonable expenses....

10/12/2015 - Report Finds Texas' HB2 Increases Abortion Wait Times
A new report released by the University of Texas at Austin, Texas Policy Evaluation Project found patients seeking abortions in Texas have experienced an increase in wait times since the passage of HB2, the 2013 Texas omnibus anti-abortion bill that attempts to cut off abortion access by requiring abortion providers in the state to fulfill medically unnecessary ambulatory surgical center requirements and secure hospital admitting privileges. More than half of 42 clinics providing abortion in Texas have been forced to shut their doors since HB2 passed two years ago, leading Texas women to wait up to 20 days for a first consult at one of the surviving 18 reproductive health clinics operating in the state, the second most populous in the nation....

10/9/2015 - Federal Judge Orders Anti-Abortion Group to Cede Footage to NAF
On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress (CMP) and its leader David Daleidan must turn over all previously unreleased "sting" videos and outtakes of National Abortion Federation (NAF) meetings the group obtained surreptitiously as part of a smear campaign against the abortion provider. U.S....

10/6/2015 - Australia Deports Anti-Abortion Extremist Troy Newman
Anti-abortion extremist Troy Newman has been deported from Australia after an appeal to remain in the country failed to convince the High Court. Newman was scheduled to speak at a 10-day Right To Life Australia event, but was detained in Denver, Colorado after Immigration Minister Peter Dutton cancelled his visa citing as grounds for revocation Newman's prior history of promoting violence against abortion providers and their patients....

10/5/2015 - House Republicans to Launch New Select Committee to Investigate Planned Parenthood as Attacks on Clinics Continue
On Saturday, Rep....

10/2/2015 - Circuit Court Denies Anti-Choice Extremist's Appeal Over Threatening Letter
In a victory for women's healthcare providers seeking protection from anti-abortion extremism and violence, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a petition to revise its previous ruling that Angel Dillard, an anti-abortion extremist, must stand trial for a threatening letter she sent to a Kansas doctor in 2011. The decision, announced Tuesday, upholds an earlier ruling in which a three-judge appeals court panel voted 2-1 to overturn a federal judge's 2013 conclusion that Dillard's letter was constitutionally protected free speech....

9/29/2015 - Planned Parenthood President Testifies Before House Committee
Amid calls from anti-abortion lawmakers to defund Planned Parenthood, the organizations's president Cecile Richards testified today in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee....

9/28/2015 - Mifepristone: More Than An Abortion Pill-- A Lifesaver for Women
Feminist Majority Foundation led the campaign to win FDA approval of mifepristone for early medical abortion from 1989 until victory on September 28, 2000....

9/25/2015 - Senate Democrats Block Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood
Senators voted 47-52 yesterday to block a short-term spending bill, falling short of the 60 votes needed to defund Planned Parenthood beginning in October. Eight Republican senators joined Senate Democrats to vote against moving forward on the spending bill that would have stripped federal funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America....

9/24/2015 - Anti-Abortion Group Loses Last Ditch Attempt to Avoid Legal Process
A three-judge panel of the U.S....

9/24/2015 - National Women's Groups Urge Jerry Brown to Sign California FACT Law
In a joint letter delivered Tuesday, more than 20 national women's groups called on California Governor Jerry Brown to sign into law A.B....

9/23/2015 - Senate Democrats Block Restrictive 20-Week Abortion Ban
Senate Democrats yesterday blocked a restrictive 20-week abortion ban, which had passed the House in May, in a cloture vote 54 to 42....

9/21/2015 - Federal Court Rules Anti-Abortion Group Can't Plead the Fifth
A federal judge ruled last week that the anti-abortion group calling itself the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) and BioMax, the two defendants in a lawsuit filed by the National Abortion Federation (NAF) in response to the release of several fraudulent "sting" videos, cannot invoke the Fifth Amendment in order to avoid NAF's requests for discovery. In a defeat for CMP and Biomax, Judge William Orrick of the U.S....