Tagged: Planned Parenthood

Abortion Rights and Religious Advocates Clash in State Capitol 0

Abortion Rights and Religious Advocates Clash in State Capitol

Mark Hodges, KMOX Capitol Bureau –  February 14, 2012 8:26 AM L.R. State Sen. Jolie Justus, Rep. Sharon Pace, Rep. Tishaura Jones, Rep. Mike Colona, Michelle Trupianno with Planned Parenthood, Rep. Stacey Newman, Rep. Scott Sifton, Rep. Jill Schupp, Rep. Rochelle Walton Gray, Rep. Mary Still, and Rep. Churie Spreng  JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) - The clash between abortion rights and religious advocates continued at the Missouri Capitol on Monday. Supporters of Planned Parenthood spoke out against proposed Senate legislation that would make exceptions to President Barack Obama’s mandate requiring employers to cover contraception in health care plans. Sen. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia,...

After Susan G. Komen Debacle, Senators Launch Women’s Rights Campaign 1

After Susan G. Komen Debacle, Senators Launch Women’s Rights Campaign

By Mike McAuliff, Huffington Post First Posted: 02/ 8/2012 10:38 am Updated: 02/ 8/2012 11:43 am WASHINGTON — Inspired by the backlash over the brief attempt by Susan G. Komen for the Cure to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, a group of senators Wednesday is launching a bid to organize 1 million people in support of women’s rights. Led by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), seven Democratic senators and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee are appealing to backers on all of their websites to sign on to “One Million Strong For Women” in hopes of harnessing the energy displayed in the...

Komen Vice President Karen Handel Resigns – Nationwide Outcry Successful 0

Komen Vice President Karen Handel Resigns – Nationwide Outcry Successful

Courtesy of Cnn.com by Sarah Kliff and N.C. Aizenman  – Washington Post A top official of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation who was involved in the controversy over the group’s funding of Planned Parenthood resigned Tuesday. Karen Handel, vice president for public policy, acknowledged that she had supported Komen’s decision to pull funding for Planned Parenthood in a resignation letter obtained by The Atlanta Journal Constitution. However, she said the decision-making process began before she joined the organization last year, and the policy change was thoroughly vetted at every level within the organization and unanimously agreed to by the board at...

MO Progressive Caucus Joins 50 in Congress:  Koman, Please Reconsider 0

MO Progressive Caucus Joins 50 in Congress: Koman, Please Reconsider

By Jo Mannies – St. Louis Beacon Thirty-four members of the Missouri General Assembly’s bipartisan Progressive Caucus have formally asked the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation “to reconsider their decision to cut cancer-screening funding to Planned Parenthood.” The group has signed letters sent to the foundation and to its chief executive, Nancy Brinker. (Click here to read the Beacon’s article on the controversy.) “The foundation’s decision to cut funding for breast cancer prevention, screening, and education at Planned Parenthood health centers will affect hundreds of thousands of women,” said State Rep.Stacey Newman, D-Richmond Heights and chair of the caucus. The caucus calls...

Susan G. Komen’s Act of Cowardice 0

Susan G. Komen’s Act of Cowardice

By Amanda Marcotte  – Slate.com  |  Posted Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at 6:24 PM ET In a shocking move Tuesday afternoon, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the country’s most famous breast cancer charity, pulled its grants for breast-cancer screenings from Planned Parenthood. Komen claims that their reason is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation from Congress, but as it’s well-understood on both the left and the right that the investigation, headed by Rep. Cliff Stearns, is a nuisance investigation that will almost surely turn up nothing, this excuse sounds lame indeed. The likelier explanation is the one offered by Planned Parenthood, that Komen caved under...

Cantor vows to defund Planned Parenthood 0

Cantor vows to defund Planned Parenthood

Thanks to @TrustWomen for bringing this Roll Call article to my attention. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor spoke last week at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. He gave the predictable “pro-liberty, anti-taxes” talking points and criticized President Obama’s foreign policy. Cantor also tossed the conservative crowd some “red meat” on the issue of abortion. Roll Call‘s John Stanton reports: On abortion, the marquee issue of the annual conference, Cantor said that while Republicans have worked to block federal funding for abortion in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, “unfortunately, this is not the way things played out. And...