NFPRHA in the News
February 10, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.