Posts tagged "planned parenthood"

Anti-Abortion Foes Target Blacks With “Dangerous Womb” Billboards

The anti-abortion movement tries many tactics — guilt, misinformation, assuring women they’re smart and capable enough, more guilt — but one of the latest permutations has been framing abortion as a racial issue. Some anti-abortion activists are framing legal abortion as a way to deter black women’s reproduction. The latest example is this billboard hanging…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 23, 2011

Rep. Jackie Speier, Who Revealed Her Abortion On House Floor, Is Our Hero

Forget Ah-nold: this to me is what a hero is. While debating whether or not to de-fund Planned Parenthood (which passed 240-185) because the organization offers abortion services, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) revealed last night on the floor of the House of Representatives that she had an abortion on a desired pregnancy at…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 18, 2011

House Of Representatives Votes To De-fund Planned Parenthood

FUDGE. The House of Representatives voted 240-185 to block federal aid from Planned Parenthood.

According to The Washington Post, the pols are taking particular aim at funding through Title X, the “$327 million program founded in 1970 that covers family planning and reproductive health. By law, Title X funds can be spent o…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 18, 2011

How To Stop Women From Having Sex

“To give [anti-abortion] campaigners more time to enjoy life instead of making stunt videos that have no point, here is a cut-out-and-keep list on how to stop women having sex, guaranteed:

Chop off genitals at birth. They can have them reattached at their heterosexual wedding, in between the cake and the throwing of the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 10, 2011

Today’s Lady News: The House Takes Aim At Planned Parenthood

Republicans in the House of Representatives have proposed in a draft of a bill that $327 million be cut in funding for Planned Parenthood. The funding does not go towards abortion, but instead towards other family planning services, like birth control and cancer screenings. [Mother Jones]
Meet the ladies who were computers — a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 9, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Planned Parenthood Fires Employee Caught In Sting Video

Planned Parenthood has fired the employee who was caught in a sting video by anti-abortion group Live Action. “The behavior we saw in the videotape was egregious and repugnant,” the organization said, adding it was “completely inexplicable and inconsistent with what Planned Parenthood does.” In the video (which has been edited by Live Action),…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 2, 2011

Anti-Abortion Extremists Try To Trick Planned Parenthood In A Fake Sex-Trafficking Sting

Another day, another story about abortion rights that will make you want to vomit. Yesterday, anti-abortion activist Live Action released an edited video of “sting operations” at Planned Parenthood, which show hired actors playing a pimp and an underage prostitutes. The footage, which was secretly taped throughout January, allegedly shows Planned Parenthood counseling a ma…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 2, 2011

Frisky Q&A: Gloria Feldt, Author Of “No Excuses,” On Women And Power

Growing up in rural Texas, Gloria Feldt became pregnant at age 15 in the 1950s. The birth control pill did not exist and abortion was illegal; it was a time when a wife needed her husband’s signature to open a bank account and job listings said “Wanted: Male” and “Wanted: Female.” So, she married the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 21, 2010

This Is The Abortion Ad British Pro-Lifers Got So Upset About

Marie Stopes International, a women’s reproductive health care organization in Britain that is similar to America’s Planned Parenthood, ran a commercial on British TV on Monday night that had everyone aflutter. What, pray tell, was the problem? Could it be shocking imagery, like the images of bloody, aborted fetuses which can regularly be…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 25, 2010

20-Year-Old Lila Rose Emerges As Anti-Abortion Crusader

After using clandestine tactics to investigate Planned Parenthood, Lila Rose, 20, has become known as an anti-abortion crusader. She staged her own sting at the clinics to prove her claim that the organization routinely covers up sexual abuse. She says Planned Parenthood counselors don’t report statutory rapes, as the law requires, and often encourage the…

By: Annika Harris / May 28, 2009

Nobody Messes With Judy Blume

This week, Planned Parenthood’s mailing list included an email from Judy Blume. Here’s a snippet:If you are the daughter whose mom had the guts to give you the answers to questions you couldn’t quite figure out how to ask… If you know a mother who is struggling to raise strong, independent, and confident children i…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 7, 2009

Planned Parenthood Is The New Target When It Comes To Designer Collaborations

Up-and-coming designers doing collaborations with Target is becoming too predictable a path to success. Instead, an alternate way to gain name recognition and visibility is to design a line of condoms. Yes, that’s right, designer condoms. Marc Jacobs designed a rubber wrapper on his own, and then last September, Planned Parenthood released a Yigal Azrouël-designed…

By: Catherine Strawn / February 16, 2009

Planned Parenthood’s Gift Certificates Cause Controversy

Not sure what to get one of your best girlfriends or a female in your family for a gift this holiday season? How about a gift certificate to Planned Parenthood in Indiana or Illinois, which can be redeemed for any of their women’s health services, including pap smears, birth control, STD tests, and, yes, abortions.

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 5, 2008

Quickies!: Happy Holidays! Have A Free Pap Smear!

Happy Holidays from Planned Parenthood! The organization is giving away free women’s health services. [College Candy]
A flowchart to losing your virginity. [Holy Taco]
Jamie Lynn Spears had lipo during her pregnancy? No way y’all! She’s ready to sue. [The Superficial]…

By: Leigh Raines / December 4, 2008

This Day In History: The Country’s First Birth Control Clinic

On October 16, 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the nation’s first family planning clinic in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Women waited on line to get information on birth control. Nine days later Sanger was arrested for violating the Comstock obscenity laws, which made it illegal to send any contraceptive devices and birth control information through the mail and…

By: Annika Harris / October 16, 2008

Planned Parenthood Talks To Teens, Gets Adult Haters

Teenage pregnancy is trendier than metrosexual manscaping. From celebs like Jamie Lynn Spears to preggers Bristol Palin, the 17-year-old daughter of the Republican VP hopeful, baby bumps on babies are popping up in the most conspicuous places. In the current climate where children are exposed to sexuality through pop culture, Planned Parenthood is more needed…

By: Simcha / September 3, 2008

The Daily Squeeze: Black-Footed Ferrets, Sex Ed Videos, Sports Fans, And Yigal Azroul Condoms

Two black-footed ferrets at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo gave birth to “kits” (baby ferrets). The really interesting part of this story is that the kits fathers are both dead — one died in 1999 and the other in 2000. Since the species is endangered, the female ferrets were artificially inseminated with frozen semen from the…

By: Catherine Strawn / September 3, 2008

Quickies!

Fans of The Dark Knight, which made an estimated $155.3 million in its opening weekend, are just as insane as the Joker. [Candy Kirby]
Writer Erin Mantz steps into the world of a suburban swingers club, to do research, of course. [Tango]
Sure, spreading office gossip may feel therapeutic at first, but the guilt ca…

By: Annika Harris / July 21, 2008

South Dakota Sustains Guilt-Tripping Abortion Law

In a recent court decision, South Dakota will enforce a law that forces doctors into guilt-tripping their patients before performing an abortion. As if making the decision isn’t hard enough, now the government requires doctors to read an statement to women that says an abortion will “terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living…

By: Simcha / July 11, 2008

Planned Parenthood: Loaded And Growing

Planned Parenthood had an annual revenue of more than $1 billion last year (note that this is revenue, not profit), raised various ways, including through payments by more affluent patients (PP charges on a sliding scale), private insurance, sales of candles, jewelry, and condoms, and federal funding. The organization is expanding, and moving into more…

By: Catherine Strawn / June 23, 2008