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Texas court rules funds can be cut from Planned Parenthood

While we were Akin-izing (agonizing over Akin), the war on women’s access to basic health care was not asleep. A scary day in Texas, when an appellate court ruled yesterday that the state can strip Planned Parenthood of all funding as they find ways to “protect life” and remove all state funding from groups that provide abortion. The problem is, by taking Planned Parenthood out of the Women’s Health Program, they are mostly stripping funding for cancer screenings, birth control and other gynecological screenings. An estimated 130,000 poor women in Texas could lose access to affordable health care.

Rick Perry, your people are sick.

via Reuters.

Texas is the most populous of a number of states with Republican majorities that have ...

While we were Akin-izing (agonizing over Akin), the war on women’s access to basic health care was not asleep. A scary day in Texas, when an appellate court ruled yesterday that the state can strip Planned Parenthood of ...

What “Obamacare” will bring you the day after tomorrow

While we won’t see the fruits of some of Obama’s Affordable  Care Act until 2014, a regulation goes into effect on August 1 guaranteeing certain free reproductive health care services. Check out this Center for American Progress infographic to see what this could mean for you:

While we won’t see the fruits of some of Obama’s Affordable  Care Act until 2014, a regulation goes into effect on August 1 guaranteeing certain free reproductive health care services. Check out this Center for American Progress ...

One in four children in the U.S. are being raised in an immigrant family

While 18 million youth in the country have a parent who was not born in the US, a new report shows that the economic, education, and health care access disparities for these kids compared to those with US-born parents is striking. The Foundation for Child Development led the research for the report, here are just a few of their findings:

While 66 percent of children in immigrant families live with at least one securely employed parent (only three percentage points less than children with U.S.-born parents), 30 percent of children in immigrant families still live below the federal poverty level, compared to 19 percent of children with U.S.-born parents. Nearly twice as many children in immigrant families are not covered by ...

While 18 million youth in the country have a parent who was not born in the US, a new report shows that the economic, education, and health care access disparities for these kids compared to ...

Texas judge allows Planned Parenthood to be part of state Women’s Health Program

Good news from Texas–a judge in Texas has stopped the state from banning Planned Parenthood from participating in the state’s Women’s Health Program. This means Planned Parenthood will continue to receive much needed state funding to provide health care services to low income women in Texas. The bill was pushed by Republican legislators that were responding to constituents that were so opposed to having Planned Parenthood involved they were open to shutting down the entire Women’s Health Program. Wow, assholes!

via AP, 

Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that there is sufficient evidence that the state law is unconstitutional. He imposed an injunction against enforcing it until he can hear full arguments.

The law passed last year by the Republican-controlled Legislature forbids state agencies from providing funds to ...

Good news from Texas–a judge in Texas has stopped the state from banning Planned Parenthood from participating in the state’s Women’s Health Program. This means Planned Parenthood will continue to receive much needed state funding to provide health care ...

What if the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare?

After an unprecedented 6 hours of oral arguments, the Supreme Court wrapped up their consideration of Obamacare yesterday.  The Court’s five conservatives asked probing questions and seemed very skeptical of the individual mandate throughout the week.  After three days, it seems that President Obama’s signature achievement might be in jeopardy of a partisan ruling by the Roberts Court and if they do strike it down then what happens?

No one really knows.  First off, important provisions from Obamacare are already in effect.  Adults and children with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage.  If the Supreme Court strikes down the entire law would insurance companies just go back to denying coverage to those individuals?

Young people can now stay on their ...

After an unprecedented 6 hours of oral arguments, the Supreme Court wrapped up their consideration of Obamacare yesterday.  The Court’s five conservatives asked probing questions and seemed very skeptical of the individual mandate throughout the ...

Are pharmacists lying to teens about emergency contraception?

Just in time for Back Up Your Birth Control day tomorrow, here’s some disturbing emergency contraception news. Young women being misinformed about emergency contraception by pharmacists is, sadly, not news. And a new study suggests that it could actually be deliberate. MSNBC reports:

For the new study, researchers posing as either a 17-year-old girl or a doctor seeking help for a 17-year-old girl called every pharmacy in each of five U.S. cities asking about the availability and accessibility of emergency contraception.

All callers asked questions from a script. The first question was whether the pharmacy had the medication in stock — 80 percent of the 943 pharmacies said they did. Next, the researcher posing as a teen asked if ...

Just in time for Back Up Your Birth Control day tomorrow, here’s some disturbing emergency contraception news. Young women being misinformed about emergency contraception by pharmacists is, sadly, not news. And a new study suggests ...

What We Missed

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In his newly-released budget plan, Paul Ryan tells the 99% to go fuck themselves.

Parents of transgender youth make an It Gets Better video.

A new report by the National Women’s Law Center shows that women are paying way more than men for health insurance — one billion dollars more for those getting coverage on the individual market.

Today is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

While campaigning for her husband yesterday, Michelle Obama said that Supreme Court picks moving forward will determine whether Americans “can love whomever we choose.”

UK actor Dennis Waterman admitted he’s hit his ex-wife because she was too “intelligent,” adding that, “it’s not ...

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In his newly-released budget plan, Paul Ryan tells the 99% to go fuck themselves.

Parents of transgender youth make an It Gets Better video.

A new report by the ...

Pondering recent chats about access to birth control….

Shall we?

Yesterday I traveled to Jefferson City, Missouri to lobby some state legislators who recently voted on a resolution to deny women access to birth control without co-payments . I was appalled by this vote…not just because I know how important access to birth control is for my fellow Missourians, but also because these legislators wasted the people’s time on a blatant pander rather than using it to address our many economic woes.

So, I found myself at the capitol on a Tuesday trying to get answers and explain why representatives voting against access to birth control without co-payment are out-of-step with their constituents. After a rather unsatisfying meeting with a legislator who didn’t even bother to offer a defense for ...

Shall we?

Yesterday I traveled to Jefferson City, Missouri to lobby some state legislators who recently voted on a resolution to deny women access to birth control without co-payments . I was appalled by this vote…not just because ...

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