With 57 affiliates nationwide operating more than 600 health centers, Planned Parenthood has become the face of women's reproductive and abortion rights in the U.S. While only about half of Planned Parenthood affiliates perform abortions, the organization is the nation's leading abortion provider. Planned Parenthood's history The organization that became Planned Parenthood began in Brooklyn, New York, in 1916, when Margaret Sanger, founder of the birth control movement and lifelong reproductive rights advocate, opened her first clinic. Police raided and shut down the clinic shortly after it opened, but Sanger went on to open the Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau in Manhattan seven years later, according to Planned Parenthood's website. She eventually merged the bureau with the American Birth Control League to create Planned Parenthood. From there, Planned Parenthood has steadily grown in reach and impact. In its annual report for 2016-17, the organization said it had provided … [Read more...] about What is Planned Parenthood? And how exactly is it funded?
By Alexandra Bruell WSJ Thu., Jan. 24, 2019 Planned Parenthood has developed a chatbot that can answer questions about sexual health, part of a larger communications effort by the health-services group to bring sex education to the young masses. The artificial-intelligence-powered tool, created by a design shop that sought guidance from high-school students, comes as the organization defends its role in a country divided on approaches to sex education for teens and issues related to women’s health, such as abortion and government funding for certain health services. “In this environment, it’s more important than ever that we have as many methods as possible to reach people where they are for health care and education,” said Dr. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “The chatbot is one more critical tool we’re piloting to provide that information to people.” For years, conservative lawmakers have … [Read more...] about Planned Parenthood Develops Chatbot to Reach More Teens
Stuart Bowen, inspector general for the state's Health and Human Services Commission, said the footage showed that the group was willing to "violate generally accepted medical standards," and the state argued that Planned Parenthood was breaking the law by offering to acquire specific amounts of fetal tissue by altering abortion procedures.Planned Parenthood has said that the videos were heavily edited and that the anti-abortion group was making false claims.In Sparks’ ruling, he wrote that the state had acted “without cause” in terminating the organization from the program that provides health care to low-income Americans. He also called the footage “unauthenticated.”According to the attorney general’s office, Planned Parenthood receives about $3.1 million a year in Texas Medicaid funding.The case could end up at the U.S. Supreme Court.In a news release Thursday, several Planned Parenthood leaders across the state and the president of Planned … [Read more...] about Planned Parenthood calls ruling against group ‘extremely hostile’ as judge weighs how to proceed
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... AlertMe AUSTIN, Texas — A federal appeals court panel on Thursday lifted a lower-court ban that prohibited Texas from eliminating Planned Parenthood from the state’s Medicaid program. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans issued the ruling that removes the preliminary injunction U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks of Austin imposed on the state of Texas in February 2017. ADVERTISEMENTSkip The three appeals judges agreed that Sparks didn’t follow proper standard in deciding to impose the ban sought by five Planned Parenthood affiliates and seven individuals. The appeals court returned the case to Sparks to determine if the state has cause to end Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid participation under the program’s rules or if its actions were … [Read more...] about Court rules Texas can bar Planned Parenthood from Medicaid
MADISON, Wis. — Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has filed a federal lawsuit seeking repeal of state laws that make it more difficult for women, particularly in rural areas, to receive abortions. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Madison targets three laws enacted by Republicans. Planned Parenthood is asking the judge to strike down a law that prevents nurses from performing abortions. Another law the group wants repealed requires a woman seeking medicine that causes abortions to see the same doctor on two separate visits. The third law targeted requires a doctor to be physically present when dispensing abortion-causing drugs. Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul did not immediately return a message seeking comment. Kaul was supported by an arm of Planned Parenthood in the campaign, but said he would defend state laws. … [Read more...] about Planned Parenthood challenges Wisconsin abortion laws