NFPRHA in the News

May 3, 2018, Kaiser Health News

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Medicaid, Privacy And Tom Price’s Return

Trump is considering regulations that would defund Planned Parenthood from the Title X Family Planning Program. Although anti-abortion groups would applaud such a move, it could backfire on the Republicans in November by energizing a wave of blue voters in the midterm elections. Listen here.

May 2, 2018, CNN

Trump administration hit with lawsuits over low-income family-planning dollars

"It's hard to believe that a federal program that is dedicated to family planning does not mention the [word] 'contraception' ... even once in a 60-page funding announcement," said Clare Coleman, president and CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, in a written statement. Read More.

May 2, 2018, Vice

Trump administration hit with lawsuits over low-income family-planning dollars

Changes to a decades-old federal program that provides birth control and other reproductive health care services to millions of low-income people each year prompted lawsuits that were filed against the Trump administration Wednesday. Read more.

May 2, 2018, Vice

Three Groups Are Suing Trump for Dramatically Changing a Family Planning Program

“The Trump administration’s Title X funding announcement would undermine this public health program, putting their ideologically driven agenda above women’s health and preventive care,” says Ruth Harlow, senior staff attorney, American Civil Liberties Union Reproductive Freedom Project, which filed suit on behalf of the NFPRHA. Read more.

May 2, 2018, Rewire

Lawsuits Challenge Trump Administration’s Changes to Title X Family Planning Program

The lawsuits filed in federal court claim the administration acted arbitrarily and capriciously when it announced changes to how grants are awarded under the federal family planning program. Read more.

May 2, 2018, CQ News

Advocacy Groups Sue Administration Over Family Planning Changes

“It’s hard to believe that a federal program that is dedicated to family planning does not mention the words ‘contraception’ or ‘prevention’ even once in a 60-page funding announcement,” said Clare Coleman, president and CEO of NFPRHA, during a press call with reporters. Read more.

May 2, 2018, Bustle

Planned Parenthood Is Taking Trump To Court To Protect Your Access To Affordable Birth Control

Two separate lawsuits were filed against the Department of Health and Human Services: one by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), and another from three Planned Parenthood affiliates in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Utah. Read more.

May 2, 2018, Modern Healthcare

ACLU sues Trump administration over Title X funding change

"The mission [of Title X] is under attack," said Clare Coleman, president of the plaintiff National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NPRHA). "The Trump administration wants to change the rules." Read more.

May 2, 2018, Think Progress

Trump administration’s war against Planned Parenthood is targeting all family planning clinics

For this, The National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), filed a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday to challenge the 60-page funding announcement — that makes no mention of contraception — released in February. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, and Planned Parenthood Association of Utah filed separate, similar legal challenges. Read more.

May 2, 2018, Washington Examiner

Planned Parenthood sues Trump administration over family planning funds

Clare Coleman, president and CEO of National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, said in a call with reporters the 60-page document "doesn't make a single mention of contraception." Read more.

May 2, 2018, ABC News

Lawsuits target Trump administration family planning policy

"After nearly 50 years of success for Title X, the Trump administration is trying to undermine it by shifting to a narrow and ideological vision of how people should live their lives," said Clare Coleman, CEO of the national family planning association. Read more.

May 2, 2018, NPR

Planned Parenthood Sues To Block Trump's 'Radical Shift' In Family Planning Program

Clare Coleman, president & CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, in a statement to NPR called the Trump administration's approach "disrespectful" to low-income patients and said it undermines Title X "by shifting to a narrow, ideological vision of how people should live their lives: no sex until marriage; family participation at all ages; and natural family planning methods first and foremost." Read more.

April 13, 2018, Women's Media Center

New Trump efforts to roll back birth control and health care access

“What we’re seeing is a deliberate attempt to shift away from the best possible evidence on effective, results-driven family planning care,” said Audrey Sandusky, director of advocacy and communications at the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association. Read more.

April 5, 2018, The New York Times

Under Trump, an Office Meant to Help Refugees Enters the Abortion Wars

NFPRHA President & CEO, Clare Cocleman comments on the administration's proposed rules that would expand protections for doctors, nurses and possibly a much wider pool of workers more loosely connected to health services who say that assisting with procedures like abortion and gender reassignment surgery would violate their religious beliefs. Read more.

March 29, 2018, ThinkProgress

Planned Parenthood is one vote away from losing critical family planning funds in Nebraska

“To assume that other providers are not only poised to meet the same high standard of care that Title X requires but that [they] also have the capacity to fulfill existing demand is foolhardy,” said Audrey Sandusky, director of advocacy and communications for the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), which represents some Nebraska subrecipients. Read more.

March 15, 2018, ThinkProgress

Trump said states can deny public funds to Planned Parenthood. Nebraska is trying to do just that.

“An attack on just one provider type will have serious ramifications for many other providers across the state of Nebraska,” said Audrey Sandusky, director of advocacy and communications for the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), which represents some Nebraska subrecipients. “Without Title X funding, health centers could be forced to significantly cut back on services, staff or even close.” Read more.

March 9, 2018, The Pump Handle

Advocates raise alarm over language, omissions in new Title X funding announcement

“We knew this was the (Trump) administration’s first opportunity to make changes to the program, so we anticipated that they’d try to transform parts of it,” said Jessica Marcella, vice president for advocacy and communications at the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA). “But the disregarding of nationally recognized standards on family planning care and the removal of all references to contraceptive services in the funding announcement is very concerning from a public health perspective.” Read more.

February 23, 2018, Politico

Trump's family planning grants emphasize abstinence, other conservative priorities

"There are no references to contraception and no reference to nationally recognized clinical standards for the provision of high-quality family planning and sexual health care," said Clare Coleman, president and CEO of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association. Read more.

February 23, 2018, Rewire

Trump’s Health Agency Appears to Undermine Family Planning with New Funding Criteria

“In the initial analysis of the Title X funding announcement released today, it is of concern there are no references to contraception and no reference to nationally recognized clinical standards for the provision of high-quality family planning and sexual health care,” said Clare Coleman, president and CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), which represents Title X providers. Read more.

February 14, 2018, Rewire

Exclusive: Senate Democrats Tell Azar to Reverse Hate Group’s Anti-Choice Policy

“It opens the door for states to ban some of the most trusted providers in the country and that will jeopardize the health and well-being of Medicaid enrollees nationwide,” said Audrey Sandusky, director of advocacy and communications for the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association. Read more.

February 9, 2018, CQ/Roll Call

As family planning providers wait on funding, many worry about the program’s future

“Approving this waiver could have ripple effects across the country, unraveling quality health services that are a critical entry point into the health care system and that countless underserved women rely on as their last resort for care,” said Clare Coleman, president and CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association. Read more (password protected).

February 7, 2018, ThinkProgress

The Trump administration is 4 months behind on providing critical family planning grants

Director of Advocacy and Communications at the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, Audrey Sandusky, is concerned that the shortened application period jeopardizes the quality and competitiveness of the applicants. Her organization represents the majority of current Title X grantees. Read more

February 6, 2018, The Hill

Trump admin says it's 'committed' to federal family planning program amid delays

Clare Coleman, CEO of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, which represents family planning clinics, called the update welcome news but said the delays have been disruptive. Read more

February 6, 2018, Associated Press

Administration calls family planning program 'important'

Clare Coleman, CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, called it "welcome news." "At the same time, the lack of transparency has undoubtedly been disruptive to our network," she added in a statement. Read more

January 30, 2018, Public Health Newswire

Title X: A Q&A with NFPRHA’s Clare Coleman

Public Health Newswire spoke to Clare Coleman, president and CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, to understand the role of the Title X program and the impact a delay in funding, and other policies targeting the program, could have on the public’s health. Read more.

January 30, 2018, The Hill

Dems demand answers from Trump admin about family planning program

“The reality is that all of the networks are going to start thinking about how and when to shut down services or minimize services if there is a lapse of funding, and thinking of what other patchwork of services they can put together to help people if HHS has not followed through in a timely manner,” Jessica Marcella, vice president of advocacy and communications for the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, told The Hill this month. Read more.

January 19, 2018, Rewire

Trump Officials Unveil All-Out Religious Attack on Health-Care Services

“Rescinding Obama-era guidance that reinforced bedrock Medicaid family planning protections, coupled with seeking to broaden an ability to refuse to provide medically appropriate care without regard for patients, could eviscerate the delivery of high-quality family planning services and supplies,” Clare Coleman, president and CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, said in a statement. “These policies may particularly exacerbate obstacles to care for poor and low-income individuals who already have fewer access points to the care they need.” Read more.

January 18, 2018, The Hill

WH delays spark fear for family planning groups

“The reality is that all of the networks are going to start thinking about how and when to shut down services or minimize services if there is a lapse of funding, and thinking of what other patchwork of services they can put together to help people if HHS has not followed through in a timely manner,” said Jessica Marcella, vice president of advocacy and communications for the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association. Read more.

January 12, 2018, The Hill

States Alarmed by Delay in HHS Family Planning Money

“We think it’s quite possible that the administration is using this funding announcement as its first real opportunity to transform the program and undermine its integrity,” said Audrey Sandusky, director of advocacy and communications at the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association. Read more.

November 29, 2017, Rewire

Trump Administration Dangles Family Planning Cash for Anti-Choice Priorities

“We could see restrictions that could really pull the rug out from under the existing Title X network and disrupt health care providers’ ability to deliver high-quality, evidence-based care millions of people rely on,” Sandusky said in an email. Read more.

November 2, 2017, The Washington Post

The Health 202: Here's the next way the Trump administration could go after abortion providers

“It will be the administration’s first opportunity to say how they want the Title X program to look,” said Jessica Marcella, vice president of advocacy and communications at the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association. Read more.

September 21, 2017, Rewire

Protecting Family Planning Access Should Be a Shared Priority

Clare Coleman and Julie Rabinovitz emaplain why access to family planning is beneficial to entire communities in a Morning Consult Op-Ed. Read more

September 19, 2017, Rewire

Reproductive Health-Care Fights Roil Washington

The National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), for one, “is calling on Congress to increase funding for family planning as the fiscal year 2018 appropriations process continues,” according to president and CEO Clare Coleman. Read more.

September 15, 2017, The Wall Street Journal

Trump Administration Moves Cheer Abortion Foes

“We view this as a step-by-step strategy,” said Audrey Sandusky, communications director at the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, which opposes the changes. “The administration is taking steps to transform the Title X program to become significantly weaker.” Read more.

September 12, 2017, Women's Media Center

House Budget Filled with Reproductive Health Restrictions

“Any proposal that cuts or eliminates funding for the Title X program cripples the family planning provider network and makes it nearly impossible for patients to receive the preventive care they need,” said Audrey Sandusky, director of advocacy and communications for the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association. Read more.

July 13, 2017, Rewire

House GOP: Eliminate Family Planning Services for Low-Income Families

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are again proposing to zero out federal Title X family planning funding to health-care providers that serve people with low incomes. Read more.

April 9, 2017, Romper

Which States Get More Title X Funding For Planned Parenthood? It's Complicated

"Disapproving this rule is a discriminatory action against a trusted provider, namely planned Parenthood," she said. "... We are concerned that this Title X disapproval rule emboldens states to further impose barriers to family-planning care that many people rely on. It emboldens states to discriminate against certain providers." Read more.

April 3, 2017, Asbury Park Press

What can the country learn from NJ Planned Parenthood cuts?

"You cannot assume that patients will have seamless access to care," said Audrey Sandusky, the director of advocacy and communications for the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, which represents all family planning providers. Read more.

March 17, 2017, Rewire

Trump’s ‘Cruel’ Budget Eviscerates Resources for Vulnerable People

Their track record worries officials from advocacy groups like the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA). Read more.

March 17, 2017, Yahoo News

Better Birth Control Access Could Drop Abortion Rate 67%, Save $12 Billion

“In short, blocking Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program will erect insurmountable barriers to care. We are talking about people who already face enormous roadblocks in their lives, and if they can’t come to the family planning provider they know and trust and access confidential care, that means they can’t get that care. If you eliminate Planned Parenthood from Medicaid, you’re eliminating many women’s usual and sole source of health care,” Sandusky tells Yahoo Beauty. Read more.

March 6, 2017, The Intercept

Repealing the Affordable Care Act Would Jeopardize Women's Health

By repealing the ACA the government would almost ensure that millions more women would need to obtain preventive care from safety net providers like Planned Parenthood who use Medicaid and Title X to deliver services; but without Medicaid, Title X, and Planned Parenthood it is unclear where they could go. “Invariably, any attack on the health system and on the safety net would result in fewer women having access to care,” said Audrey Sandusky, director of advocacy and communications for the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association. “And that’s troubling and that will result in diminished health outcomes in communities across the country.” Read more.

February 17, 2017, Modern Healthcare

Disapproval of Obama protections sparks fight over Planned Parenthood funding

“It's a concern for us that we could see some damaging proposals coming down the pike that target Title X funding,” said Audrey Sandusky, director of advocacy for the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association. Read more.

February 16, 2017, NBC Washington

House Overturns Rule Protecting Planned Parenthood

“Cutting out a provider that sees nearly a third of patients in the Title X program will mean that more women will go without services, have to pay out of pocket for care, or travel farther for services,” said Audrey Sandusky, director of advocacy and communications at the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association. “You can’t simply shift providers overnight.” Read more.

February 10, 2017, The Intercept

Sen. Joni Ernst Puts Planned Parenthood - and Access to Birth Control - On the Chopping Block

“It is deeply troubling that at a time when more women are in need of publicly funded care in this country, we’re bracing for attacks on the very provider network that is charged with delivering the high-quality family-planning services that communities count on,” Audrey Sandusky, director of advocacy and communications for the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, wrote in an email to The Intercept. Read more.

January 12, 2017, Mashable

Cutting Planned Parenthood funding will be a devastating blow to vulnerable Americans

Audrey Sandusky, director of advocacy and communications for the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, said banning Planned Parenthood from Medicaid would have disastrous effects for people who count on it as their main or only source of health care. Read more.

January 6, 2017, Rewire

Amid Heitkamp’s Speculated Departure, North Dakota Girds for ‘Immediate Threat’ on Abortion

The federal Title X program funds 20 sites that offer annual exams, birth control, cancer screenings, and STI treatment, according to the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA). More than 8,000 North Dakotans relied on these services in 2015. Read more.

December 20, 2016, Governing

Obama's Protection Does Little to Ease Women's Health Fears

“We are deeply concerned that there will be nothing stopping the new Congress from disproving the new rule," said Audrey Sandusky, communications director for the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association. "They only need a simple majority to block it, and we believe this regulation is one that Congress will." Read more.

December 15, 2016, Rewire

GOP Threatens Obama’s Safeguards for Family Planning Funding

But Clare Coleman, president and CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, also cautioned that the protections “may only be temporary.” Read more.

December 14, 2016, Reuters

Obama administration shores up protections for Planned Parenthood

"The protections are simply not permanent," said Audrey Sandusky, director of advocacy and communications at the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association. Read more.

December 14, 2016, Buzzfeed News

President Obama Barred States From Defunding Planned Parenthood

And Clare Coleman, president and CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, said, “Congressional opponents have made clear their intentions to swiftly reverse all of the recent progress made for women’s health, including blocking these important protections.” Read more.

June 28, 2016, Kaiser Health News

States Offer Privacy Protections To Young Adults On Their Parents’ Health Plan

The health law opened the door for millions of young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they turn 26. But there’s a downside to remaining on the family plan. Chances are that mom or dad, as policyholder, will get a notice from the insurer every time the grown-up kid gets medical care, a breach of privacy that many young people may find unwelcome. Read more

March 22, 2016, The Huffington Post

Supreme Court Must Protect Contraceptive Coverage

Making contraception more affordable under the ACA was a significant step forward in our national efforts to improve the health of all women and their families. The Supreme Court should continue to build on this tremendous victory by upholding the requirement. Read more.

February 23, 2016, Governing

The Family Planning Choices Low-Income People Should Have

While demand for publicly funded family planning has continued to grow, the Title X budget has been cut year after year. We don't need any more damaging policies that limit provider choice and block access to care. We need real, lasting support to help the millions of women and men served in the safety net get the information and care they need from the providers they trust. Read more.

February 5, 2016, Isthmus

Betting on a long-term strategy

The clinics provide pregnancy testing, breast exams, cancer screenings, birth control and health education, among other services. According to the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, the Title X program in Wisconsin served nearly 51,000 residents in 2012, and helped prevent 28,600 unintended pregnancies in 2010. Read more.

January 20, 2016, Rewire

It’s Christie’s Anti-Choice Record—Not His Planned Parenthood Donations—We Should Be Worried About

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) has spent the last few weeks amid a flurry of controversy over an alleged donation he made to Planned Parenthood in the 1990s. But the governor’s record on reproductive health is getting lost amongst the chaos. Read more.

January 5, 2016, Wausau Daily Herald

Resolve to support women’s health

The beginning of a new year often inspires us to kick old habits, break from the status quo and achieve new, meaningful goals. This year, make a commitment for the year ahead to support women’s health and the role family planning health centers have had in the lives of the people in our community. Read more.

January 12, 2016, Lebanon Daily News

Peace of mind comes with getting health insurance

The Affordable Care Act is making a real difference in the lives of women, men and their families in communities across the country, including here in Lebanon County. Read more.

December 29, 2015, Ahwatukee Foothills News

Thomas: Congress needs a reality check

Congress cleared a major hurdle when it reached a bipartisan budget deal last month, but unfortunately that victory could be short-lived. Read more.

December 16, 2015, Glamour

What the Temporary Budget Deal Means for Planned Parenthood and Health Research

Last night new Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced that a temporary budget deal had been reached, preventing a government shutdown before year’s end. The bill is expected to pass the House and Senate by the end of the week. Read more.

November 6, 2015, U.S. News & World Report

Obamacare and Birth Control to Go Back Before High Court

The Supreme Court for the fourth time will consider a challenge to the Affordable Care Act, agreeing to hear objections to "Obamacare" that again center on birth control. Read more.

November 2015, Homer Tribune

State bill pushes for more medical privacy

Open Enrollment or OE3, for the Affordable Care Act for the 2016 coverage year began Nov. 1, 2015 and ends Jan. 31, 2016. Open enrollment is the only time during the year to select a new health insurance plan for the following year. Read more.

September 8, 2015

Planned Parenthood faces unexpected challenge from Obamacare

Angered by videos in which Planned Parenthood officials discussed compensation for providing fetal tissue from abortions, Republicans in Congress are again demanding an end to government funding for the nearly 100-year-old provider of women’s health services. Read more.

August 14, 2015, The Boston Globe

State bill pushes for more medical privacy

Now, Massachusetts is considering a bill that would give consumers more control over who sees the insurance forms that list their personal health information. If the bill passes, Massachusetts would join four states — California, Colorado, Maryland, and Oregon — that have passed laws addressing the privacy of insurance forms. Read more.

August 13, 2015, New Republic

Planned Parenthood Is Just The Beginning

Since videos emerged last month showing Planned Parenthood staff discussing how they provide fetal tissue and organs to researchers, Republicans have been falling all over themselves to insist that the organization be defunded. Read more.

August 5, 2015, Think Progress

How Jeb Bush Accidentally Expressed The GOP Position On Planned Parenthood

By saying they want to defund the women’s health organization, Republicans are setting up a false dichotomy between Planned Parenthood and community health centers. The two tend to work best together, rather than against one another. Read more.

August 5, 2015, Bustle

Untruths During The Republican Primary Debate — There's A Lot The GOP Candidates Aren't Telling You

The No. 1 issue at hand is the debate over the other services Planned Parenthood provides, which make up about 97 percent of its total expenditures. National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association president Clare Coleman stated on Thursday last week that outside clinics would be unable to handle the surge of patients stemming from closed Planned Parenthood centers if the organization was suddenly defunded. Read more.

August 4, 2015, U.S. News & World Report

Fight Over Planned Parenthood Funding Is Far From Over

Efforts to strip Planned Parenthood of its federal funding, halted for the moment in the Congress, are expected to intensify in the coming months as anti-abortion lawmakers vow to make it central to the fight over government spending. Read more.

August 3, 2015, The Nation

The War on Planned Parenthood Is Also an Assault on Poor Women of Color

Our elected representatives have taken to the airwaves to proclaim they are extremely concerned with the fate of discarded fetal tissue; the fate of the health of poor women? Not so much. Read more.

August 3, 2015, The Huffington Post

What the GOP Is Calling for When They Advocate Defunding Planned Parenthood

Today Senate Republicans are preparing to vote on legislation to defund Planned Parenthood. GOP presidential candidates including Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, and Rand Paul have jumped on the bandwagon, with Paul calling for a stop to "any penny of money" going to the organization. Jeb Bush called for a congressional investigation. Read more.

July 31, 2015, The Washington Post

Senate Republicans accidentally promote abortion

Senate Republicans this week, teeming with righteous indignation, introduced S. 1881, “a bill to prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood of America.” Here’s a better name for it: the Abortion Promotion Act of 2015. Read more.

July 31, 2015, USA Today

Family planning budgets in crisis before Planned Parenthood controversy

Abortion opponents, outraged by a series of hidden-camera videos that depict Planned Parenthood employees discussing fetal tissue donation, have called for Congress to investigate Planned Parenthood and strip the organization of the more than $500 million in federal funding it receives each year. But the controversy over federal funding for Planned Parenthood surfaced long before the videos emerged. Read more.

July 30, 2015, CBS News

Can Congress defund Planned Parenthood?

Senate Republicans unveiled a bill Wednesday that aims to block any federal dollars from reaching Planned Parenthood. The legislation is a response to a series of undercover videos produced by anti-abortion activists who claim the organization is selling fetal tissue to researchers. (Planned Parenthood says the costs are only related to handling of the tissue donations, and it has done nothing wrong.) Read more. 

July 29, 2015, The Wall Street Journal

Senate Republicans Tout Bill to Cut Federal Funds to Planned Parenthood

Antiabortion Republican senators touted a bill Wednesday that would cut government funds to Planned Parenthood, intensifying the furor over a hidden-camera video depicting technicians at a Planned Parenthood facility gathering fetal tissue for use in research. Read more.

July 29, 2015, Reuters

Senate Republicans aim divert Planned Parenthood funds in abortion dispute

Senate Republicans seeking to cut all funding to reproductive health group Planned Parenthood over the alleged sale of aborted fetal tissue offered on Wednesday to divert the money to other providers of women's health. Read more.

June 28, 2015, IndyStar

Don't cut birth control funding

The nation's family planning program, Title X, is at risk of being eliminated, under a funding proposal released in the U.S. House of Representatives. This harmful measure would have a devastating impact on the nearly 4.6 million Americans across the country, including 35,000 in Indiana, who may no longer have access to high-quality family planning and sexual health care services, including contraception, counseling, STD services and cancer screenings. Read more.

June 23, 2015, The Huffington Post

Senate Takes Aim At Family Planning, Teen Pregnancy Prevention

A week after the House of Representatives proposed eliminating the entire Title X federal family planning program and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, the Senate proposed keeping the programs, but slashing their funding. Read more.

 

June 17, 2015, Think Progress

House Republicans Propose Stripping Family Planning Services From Millions Of Low-Income Women

House Republicans released a budget proposal this week that would eliminate funding for the Title X program, a decades-old network of family planning providers offering birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing, and reproductive health treatment to millions of low-income women across the country. Read more.

June 17, 2015, The Huffington Post

House Funding Bill Puts Family Planning, Public Health in Peril

On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee released its draft fiscal year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) funding bill, which is scheduled to be considered by the Labor-HHS subcommittee tomorrow. Along with cutting billions of dollars in spending for critical health and other programs, many of which will cost the federal government far more than the bill's drafters purport to save, the bill represents a full-scale assault on low-income women's access to essential health care. Read more.

June 17, 2015, Public Health Newswire

Reproductive health challenges persist 50 years after Griswold v. Connecticut

Fifty years after a landmark public health victory handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court, Americans are not getting the reproductive health care they need, according to panelists at a Washington, D.C. briefing in June. Read more.

June 16, 2015, RH Reality Check

House GOP Tries to Eliminate Public Funding for Family Planning

A month after voting to ban abortion after 20 weeks’ gestation, House Republicans went after reproductive health again on Tuesday by trying to cut all funding for a key federal family planning program. Read more.

June 16, 2015, Salon

Hobby Lobby on steroids: GOP guts family planning in latest crusade against reproductive health
The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday released a fiscal year 2016 funding proposal that, among its many provisions, dismantles the Affordable Care Act, eliminates funding for the Title X family planning program and includes something called the Health Care Conscience Rights Act that is essentially Hobby Lobby on steroids. Read more.

June 16, 2015, The Huffington Post
House GOP Proposal Axes Family Planning Program
"An elimination of Title X would have a devastating impact on the 4.7 million Americans who may no longer have access to high-quality, patient-centered family planning and sexual health care services," said Clare Coleman, CEO and president of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, an advocacy group for family planning providers. "For many of these women and men, a Title X-funded health center is their only access point to the health system and the only health care they receive all year." Read more.

June 8, 2015, Think Progress

How Five Decades Of Legal Birth Control Have Changed Americans’ Lives

As the Griswold decision reaches its 50th anniversary, however, there’s some evidence that Americans are starting to make connections between the personal and political nature of birth control. A poll released last week by the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association found that a broad majority of registered voters agree that access to birth control “plays an essential role in improving community health.” Read more.

June 4, 2015, The Hill

Some respect wanted for women 

Why in 2015 is contraception so controversial?  It prevents millions of unintended pregnancies, saves billions of taxpayer dollars annually, and empowers women. It’s outrageous that in 2015 federal legislation as well as court decisions erect barriers between a women and her family planning care. Local and federal governments seem to be working overtime to figure out more ways to restrict and sabotage this constitutional right that was affirmed half a century ago with Griswold. Read More.

March 9, 2015, USA Today

Supreme Court closely divided on Obamacare's future 

The Supreme Court appeared closely divided Wednesday during heated arguments over President Obama's health care law, but questions from Justice Anthony Kennedy gave proponents hope the statute will be upheld. Read More.

March 8, 2015, Wall Street Journal

Live Blog: Supreme Court Hears King v. Burwell Health-Law Case

The Supreme Court hears arguments over tax credits Wednesday morning, in a case that will shape the future of the Affordable Care Act. The King v. Burwell case is a legal challenge to the tax credits in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The decision, expected in June, could be among the most significant for the high court in recent years. Read more.

March 6, 2015, Bustle

"Save Her Care" Activists Crowd SCOTUS' Steps In Fierce Support Of Reproductive Rights 

On Wednesday in Washington, D.C., reproductive rights activists gathered on the Supreme Court building steps as inside, the nine justices heard arguments on a case that could undo a segment of America’s health care system. King v. Burwell is the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, and depending on how the nine justices swing, the case could impact between 7.5 and 10 million Americans. Read more.

March 5, 2015, Modern Healthcare

Healthcare law's defenders and foes rally before high-stakes arguments

On a cold morning that threatened rain, hundreds of concerned citizens, politicians, healthcare providers and activists gathered on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to voice their hopes for how the justices will vote after hearing arguments in a case that could unravel healthcare reform. Read more.

March 3, 2015, The Huffington Post

At the Supreme Court, Women's Health in the Balance

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on King v. Burwell, a case challenging the federal government's ability to offer financial subsidies to people in states with a federally facilitated marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. While much of the national attention has centered on the far-reaching consequences the case could have on the millions Americans who have gained access to coverage thanks to the law, women, in particular, stand to lose the most. Read more.

February 27, 2015, Salon

Let them have herpes and breast cancer! GOP’s family planning plan without the spin

One of Chris Christie’s biggest boasts at CPAC on Thursday was about his “pro-life” bona fides. (His other big brag: His habit of telling people to shut up.) “I just stand on my record,” he told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. “I’m pro-life. I ran on a pro-life platform in 2009. I vetoed Planned Parenthood funding five times out of the New Jersey budget.” Read more.

February 26, 2015, Think Progress

The Human Costs Of Chris Christie’s Attack On Planned Parenthood

On the first day of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, right-wing attendees gathered to discuss how to get pro-life Republicans elected in blue states. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was held up as a prime example — applause erupting to praise the potential presidential contender for vetoing funding for Planned Parenthood five times over the past five years. Read more.

February 5, 2015, Governing

A Race to the Bottom for Medicaid

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, nearly 9 million more people have enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Combined with the gains made through marketplace coverage for people with higher incomes, experts forecast that the number of Americans without health insurance will drop from 45 million in 2012 to as few as 23 million by 2023. Amid all that good news, however, there are troubling efforts that could deny some of the neediest among us the health care they need. Read more.

December 18, 2014, Think Progress

The Devastating Consequences Of Chipping Away At Family Planning Programs

Most of the patients who rely on these health centers are low-income and uninsured and would struggle to get that care elsewhere. Others may have private insurance, but prefer the confidentiality of the family planning network.Clare Coleman, the president and CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, which represents Title X providers, is worried about being able to reach the Americans who need those services the most. Read More.

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