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Published: 03/22/11

South Dakota Governor Signs Tough Abortion Bill Into Law

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
South Dakota Governor Signs Tough Abortion Bill Into Law

It's not easy for a woman to get an abortion in South Dakota. There is only one abortion clinic in the state. As of Tuesday, it got even more difficult. Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a bill requiring women seeking an abortion to wait three days after meeting with a doctor and receive counseling before undergoing the procedure, news agencies reported. The measure brought condemnation from abortion rights groups. CBS News.com said that the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of South Dakota and Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced Tuesday they plan to file a legal...

Published: 03/22/11

Republican Sen. Scott Brown: GOP's Planned Parenthood Cut 'Goes Too Far'

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
Republican Sen. Scott Brown: GOP's Planned Parenthood Cut 'Goes Too Far'

Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts has broken ranks with his party over an effort to defund Planned Parenthood, saying the move "goes too far." "I support family planning and health services for women. Given our severe budget problems, I don't believe any area of the budget is completely immune from cuts," Brown said in a statement Tuesday. "However, the proposal to eliminate all funding for family planning goes too far. As we continue with our budget negotiations, I hope we can find a compromise that is reasonable and appropriate." Related Stories Planned...

Published: 03/9/11

NPR's Schiller & Schiller: Many Political Missteps on the Road to Resigning

By  Jill Lawrence - Politics Daily
NPR's Schiller & Schiller: Many Political Missteps on the Road to Resigning

In retrospect it seems inevitable. Take a hostile political environment, a red-hot spotlight and relatively inexperienced leadership, mix well, and you get tumult at NPR. Political naivete and tin ears are the threads running through the saga of Vivian Schiller, forced out as NPR's CEO on Wednesday, and Ron Schiller, no relation, who quit as NPR's top fundraiser on Tuesday. Vivian Schiller is widely credited for dramatic improvements in NPR's web presence and mobile applications, and she is a strong defender of NPR's journalism. But there's no ignoring the multiple embarrassments that are...

Published: 03/8/11

Opinion: The GOP's Dangerous Attack on Planned Parenthood

By  not in system - AOL News
Opinion: The GOP's Dangerous Attack on Planned Parenthood

In 1916, one woman's strength, determination and conviction helped open the door for hundreds of millions of women worldwide to plan their own pregnancies. As a nation, we have made great strides since Margaret Sanger opened that first family planning clinic in New York City nine decades ago, and Planned Parenthood is still at the forefront of the fight for reproductive health and rights for all women. Our services provide a lifeline for 3 million people every year. One in five American women receives care from a Planned Parenthood health center at some point in her life, and 90 percent of...

Published: 03/8/11

Opinion: Planned Parenthood and the Stories We Tell Ourselves

By  not in system - AOL News
Opinion: Planned Parenthood and the Stories We Tell Ourselves

The first time I visited New York City as a high-schooler, I saw a teenage boy carrying a rusty machete and chasing another through the street in a rough-looking part of the Bronx. A version of the story in which I witnessed "gang warfare" still circulates through my hometown. It was probably nothing of the sort, but it confirmed what I and others had imagined about the city: It was a dirty, crime-ridden metropolis where one was likely to witness gang fights in broad daylight. It's an example of confirmation bias: Everyone believed the story because it confirmed their...

Published: 03/8/11

Opinion: Defund Planned Parenthood

By  not in system - AOL News
Opinion: Defund Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood has been misleading Congress and American taxpayers for many years. I know -- I was part of the deception. For eight years I worked at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas, and for two of those years I was the clinic's director. Here are the ways Planned Parenthood is deceiving the public -- and taxpayers -- about what it does. Deception No. 1: Taxpayer funds don't go to pay for abortions. This defies common sense and basic logic; of course taxpayer money helps to finance abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics. Other Views on Planned...

Published: 02/24/11

Arizona Bill Would Ban Abortion for Gender or Race Reasons

By  Eleanor Clift - Politics Daily
Arizona Bill Would Ban Abortion for Gender or Race Reasons

In Washington and in state capitols around the country, newly empowered conservative majorities are introducing and passing a variety of laws aimed at curbing abortion rights. Much of it is straightforward, but in Arizona, anti-abortion advocates have titled their bill after two historic figures, a suffragist and a civil rights icon, presumably to make their legislation more attractive to more people. The "Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011" handily passed the Arizona House on Monday and is expected to win Senate approval and then the signature of...

Published: 02/23/11

Six Anti-Abortion Protesters Arrested Outside Speaker Boehner's Office

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
Six Anti-Abortion Protesters Arrested Outside Speaker Boehner's Office

Congress isn't in session this week, but that didn't stop anti-abortion protesters from blocking the hallway outside of the Capitol Hill office of House Speaker John Boehner. Boehner (R-Ohio) wasn't there, and the six demonstrators were arrested and charged with unlawful assembly, the Associated Press reported. The protest was meant to pressure Republican leaders to stick with the $317 million defunding of Planned Parenthood that was part of the $61 billion spending reduction included last week in a House-approved budget bill. Related Stories Planned Parenthood...

Published: 02/19/11

Planned Parenthood Defunding: Family Planning's Not a GOP Family Value?

By  Sandra Fish - Politics Daily
Planned Parenthood Defunding: Family Planning's Not a GOP Family Value?

When it comes to family planning, apparently the ability to decide whether or when to have a child isn't part of Republican family values. That's the message the GOP-controlled House sent by voting to cut not only all of Planned Parenthood's $75 million in federal funding for family planning but also the entire $317 million Title X budget. Title X money helps pay for birth control, screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, breast and cervical cancer testing, prenatal care, sex education and vasectomies for men. About 4.7 million Americans get health care from clinics funded...

Published: 02/18/11

Obama Administration Returns to Earlier Conscience Protections For Health Workers

By  David Gibson - Politics Daily
Obama Administration Returns to Earlier Conscience Protections For Health Workers

The Obama administration on Friday reversed most of the provisions of controversial federal conscience-protection regulations that were instituted by George W. Bush at the end of his presidency, thereby leaving Bush's successor with a politically difficult decision that would alienate either abortion rights supporters or opponents, or both. The Bush administration had pushed the 11th-hour regulations through in December 2008, despite President-elect Obama's vow to rescind them; when Obama came into office, he instead said he would have the Department of Health and Human Services review the...

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