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Trump Signs Law to Let States Defund Planned Parenthood

He rolls back Obama's funding protection

(Newser) - President Trump has signed into law a bill so controversial that Mike Pence had to cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate when two Republicans refused to support it: the rollback of President Obama's protection for Planned Parenthood funding . The bill allows states to withhold Title X federal family-planning... More »

Ivanka Had Secret Meeting With Planned Parenthood

Her relationship with Cecile Richards has since soured: Politico

(Newser) - Not long before explaining that "lack of public denouncement" does not equal silence , Ivanka Trump secretly met with the head of Planned Parenthood, reports Politico . After indicating she wanted to know more about the organization, Trump sat down with Cecile Richards in the weeks following her father's inauguration,... More »

Pence Breaks Tie in Vote Targeting Planned Parenthood

Senate advances measure allowing states to block federal funding

(Newser) - The Senate on Thursday advanced legislation that would allow states to block federal funding to Planned Parenthood, after calling in Vice President Pence to break a tie, Politico reports. First, Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson was called in to the procedural vote, despite the fact that he's recovering from back... More »

2 Face Felony Charges Over Planned Parenthood Videos

David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt posed as execs with a fake bioresearch company

(Newser) - Two anti-abortion activists whose secretly recorded conversations with executives from Planned Parenthood made national headlines are each facing 15 felony charges in California, reports the Los Angeles Times . David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt posed as executives of a fake bioresearch company and filmed their conversations with Planned Parenthood officials about... More »

Judge Tells Texas It Can't Defund Planned Parenthood

But Trump might federally defund the organization

(Newser) - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched GOP efforts across the US to defund the nation's largest abortion provider. An injunction issued by US District Judge Sam Sparks... More »

Abortion Rate Hits Lowest Point Since 1974

There were 926K in US in 2014: Guttmacher Institute

(Newser) - Even as the election outcome intensifies America's abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the US has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974, reports the AP . The report, which counted 926,200 abortions in 2014, was released Tuesday... More »

Paul Ryan Says GOP to Quickly Defund Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood says it stands to lose about 40% of its funding

(Newser) - Paul Ryan says Republicans will pass a "fast-track bill" defunding Planned Parenthood as soon as next month as part of their repeal of ObamaCare, the Washington Post reports. Republicans will use a special legislative procedure that allows a bill to be passed with a simple majority instead of a... More »

Obama Makes Late Move to Protect Planned Parenthood

Last-minute rule is unlikely to last long under Trump

(Newser) - President Obama has brought in a last-minute rule to protect Planned Parenthood funding but it may not be around for long: BuzzFeed reports that the rule barring states from defunding Planned Parenthood and other family planning services will take effect on Jan. 18, just two days before Donald Trump becomes... More »

20K People Just Trolled Mike Pence

They donated to Planned Parenthood in his name

(Newser) - Donald Trump has many fearing for the future of women's reproductive freedom, but last week's election outcome wasn't all bad for Planned Parenthood. The organization has seen an "unprecedented outpouring (of) support" in the days since in the form of 160,000 donations, including 20,000... More »

Judge Blocks Ohio Anti-Abortion Law

Law would have defunded Planned Parenthood

(Newser) - An Ohio anti-abortion law signed by Gov. John Kasich during his presidential bid is unconstitutional and will do "irreparable injury" to Planned Parenthood and its patients, a federal judge ruled Friday The law effectively defunded Planned Parenthood by banning funds from the state's health department from going to... More »

Colorado Planned Parenthood Shooter Mentally Incompetent

Robert Dear's team can now use his mental health as a defense

(Newser) - A man who acknowledged killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic is mentally incompetent to continue with his criminal case, a judge ruled Wednesday, stalling the proceedings and potentially setting the stage for a mental health defense. The decision by Judge Gilbert Martinez puts the case against Robert... More »

Clinic Shooting Suspect Recounted Bizarre 'Dream'

Told cops that aborted fetuses will thank him in heaven

(Newser) - The suspect in the Nov. 27 shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs says "his dream" is for aborted fetuses to "thank him what for what he did" when he dies and goes to heaven. Robert Lewis Dear, the self-proclaimed "warrior for the babies"... More »

New Indiana Law: No Abortions for Fetal Defects

Gov. Mike Pence says bill he signed 'affirms the value of all human life'

(Newser) - Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Thursday making Indiana the second state to ban abortions because of fetal genetic abnormalities such as Down syndrome. It's due to take effect in July, but Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky says it will ask a court to block... More »

Fla. Lawmakers Want Women to Get Pap Smears at Elementary Schools

If Planned Parenthood is defunded, list of alternatives is ... odd

(Newser) - If Florida's HB 1411—which passed the state legislature this month—is signed into law, Planned Parenthood will no longer be able to take Medicaid. So lawmakers have released a list of places women can go instead to get reproductive services including birth control, breast exams, STI screenings, and... More »

Kasich Defunds Planned Parenthood

Group warns that move will have 'devastating consequences'

(Newser) - In a move likely to please the next batch of Republican primary voters, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill on Sunday that effectively defunds Planned Parenthood in his state. The bill he signed doesn't actually name Planned Parenthood, CNN reports, but it bans Ohio from contracting health services... More »

Leaders Behind Planned Parenthood Videos Are Indicted

Grand jury finds no wrongdoing by abortion provider

(Newser) - A Houston grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday by the abortion provider but instead indicted anti-abortion activists involved in making the videos that provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide, the AP reports. David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, was indicted on... More »

Planned Parenthood Sues Over Video 'Conspiracy'

'Sting' video maker accused of violating racketeering laws

(Newser) - The undercover "sting" videos targeting Planned Parenthood were part of a "complex criminal enterprise" created by "anti-abortion extremists," according to a federal lawsuit filed by the organization. The lawsuit filed Thursday against an anti-abortion group called the Center for Medical Progress accuses the group of committing... More »

Judge Sees No Crime in Planned Parenthood Videos

US District Judge William Orrick speaks out

(Newser) - Recordings secretly made by an anti-abortion group at meetings of abortion providers do not show criminal activity and could put the providers at risk, a federal judge said Friday, citing the recent shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic. US District Judge William Orrick made the comments during a hearing... More »

Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect: 'I am a Warrior for the Babies'

Prosecutors brought 179 charges against Robert Dear on Wednesday

(Newser) - “I am guilty—there will be no trial," Robert Dear said during a court hearing Wednesday. "I am a warrior for the babies." The statement was one of a number of "outbursts" made by the accused Colorado Planned Parenthood shooter as prosecutors brought 179 charges... More »

Senate Defunds Planned Parenthood With 'Symbolic' Vote

Planned Parenthood says the vote's timing is 'unconscionable'

(Newser) - Republicans in the Senate voted Thursday to defund Planned Parenthood in a move the Huffington Post calls "symbolic" and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin—as quoted by Vice —calls a "waste of the time of the Senate." According to the Hill , the measure takes one year of... More »

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