Obama Still Fighting Court Order On Plan B Pill

By: Wednesday May 1, 2013 10:54 am

Update: Obama Administration has appealed. Responding to a court order the Obama Administration begrudgingly approved over-the-counter sales of Plan B or “the morning after pill” to ages 15 and up. But the court order required all ages to have access to the medicine. The Obama administration on Tuesday approved over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill [...]

Romney Tries to Claim that Abortion Not an Executive Branch Issue

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 6:16 am

I guess Mitt Romney wanted to get in one more shift in position before his convention speech. On CBS News last night, Romney added an exception to his views on abortion rights, and also tried to claim that Presidents have nothing to do with the matter. First, Romney said this: “My position has been clear [...]

VP Nominee Ryan Also Deeply Anti-Abortion

By: Monday August 13, 2012 10:21 am

Accompanying Paul Ryan’s radical fiscal vision is perhaps an even more radical vision with respect to women’s health. Ryan opposes abortion in all cases, including rape or incest, and has sponsored a bill that perhaps goes as far as possible to restrict a woman’s right to choose legal medical procedures. He was a cosponsor of [...]

Susan G. Komen Founder Demoted, President Leaving

By: Thursday August 9, 2012 7:00 am

Nancy Brinker, the head of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, will finally step down from her position as chief executive, about 7 months after an attempt to deny grants to Planned Parenthood damaged the charity’s reputation and significantly cut into their funding base. In a statement, Komen called the changes “a new [...]

Free Preventive Health Services for Women Begin Under ACA

By: Wednesday August 1, 2012 10:15 am

Today, a series of new health insurance regulations under the Affordable Care Act go into effect, in particular the free (i.e., no co-pay) preventive services for women’s health. And both the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress are in the midst of a full-court press to let everyone know about it. Here’s Kathleen Sebelius and [...]

Susan G. Komen Foundation Losing Fundraising After Planned Parenthood Controversy

By: Thursday May 31, 2012 12:15 pm

The Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure won’t exactly come out and tell you that their charity has been turned upside-down by the scandal over their dropping, and then restoring, Planned Parenthood funding. They won’t release figures showing that their core base of support was alienated by the attack on women’s health. So you [...]

Republican Congressman Introduces Bill to Defend Planned Parenthood

By: Wednesday May 9, 2012 12:57 pm

Almost as odd as an American President endorsing the right of same-sex couples to marry today, was the sight of a Republican member of Congress holding a press conference to announce legislation to guarantee funding of Planned Parenthood. But that happened today as well. Rep. Robert Dold, who represents the liberal suburbs of Chicago, on [...]

Komen Foundation Funding Planned Parenthood Again

By: Friday April 13, 2012 12:56 pm

I don’t know that there will BE a Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure for much longer, but let the record show that they have been forced into a complete reversal on their high-profile effort to defund Planned Parenthood. This exposed the right-wing tendency inside the foundation’s leadership, appalling much of their membership. It [...]

Arizona Passes Most Restrictive Anti-Abortion Law in Nation

By: Friday April 13, 2012 6:14 am

Yesterday we had a big national discussion about the choices women make in their lives. Ann Romney at one point said right-out, “We need to respect the choices that women make.” At the end of yesterday, Arizona’s female Governor, Jan Brewer, signed a bill banning abortions after 18 weeks and creating a new definition of [...]

Religious University Abruptly Drops Birth Control Coverage

By: Wednesday April 4, 2012 11:35 am

I mentioned this briefly in yesterday’s Roundup, but I wanted to circle back to it, because it’s incredible. Despite the annoying way in which the President touts his policy preferences as previously “conservative ideas,” it actually is pretty incredible, just on an anthropological level, how conservatives can manage to turn on a dime on these [...]

Ultrasound Mandate Struck Down in Oklahoma

By: Thursday March 29, 2012 8:55 am

The backlash to the war on women continues. This week, an Idaho bill that would have mandated ultrasounds for abortion seekers died in the legislature, a victory for women’s rights in one of the most conservative states in the nation. But the backlash is also getting an assist from a district court in Oklahoma: An [...]

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