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Planned Parenthood to spend $1.5 million for Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf’s reelection campaign
June 16, 2018
Planned Parenthood is planning to spend $1.5 million to reelect Gov. Wolf in November, calling him a bulwark against GOP-led attempts in Harrisburg to restrict abortion rights.

The health-care provider and abortion rights advocacy group says this is its biggest investment ever in a Pennsylvania midterm election.

“Tom Wolf’s reelection will decide whether or not our patients have access to health care,” Sari Stevens, executive director of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania’s political arm, said in an interview Thursday. “He’s the last line of defense.”
Here’s What a ‘Domestic Gag Rule’ on Abortion Would Actually Mean for All of Us
May 23, 2018
Update: On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made an announcement about a proposed update to the Title X program. The announcement comes four days after multiple outlets reported on the rumored policy, what's being referred to as a "domestic gag rule" on abortion.
Pennsylvania Primaries Deliver Strong Wins for Democratic Women
May 16, 2018
A state representative, an Air Force veteran and two high-powered lawyers — all women — won Democratic House primaries on Tuesday in Pennsylvania, where a record number of women ran for House seats in a year of intense political enthusiasm among female Democrats.
Trump Administration Sued Over Ending Funding of Teen Pregnancy Programs
February 16, 2018
It was Julie Liles' 17-year-old daughter, Emily, who suggested that they attend a sex education program together.

Julie was eager to go. She was just 14 when she gave birth to Emily.

"So always in the back of my mind was a worry that she would get hurt," says Julie, her voice cracking. "I worried in the back of my mind that she would find herself in the same situation."
Planned Parenthood President to White Women: Do Better; Black Women Can’t Keep Saving the Country
January 24, 2018
Whether it’s been saving Congress from Roy Moore’s disgusting ass, or Oprah’s inspiring speech during the Golden Globes that led to social media chants of #Oprah2020, or Beyoncé just being Beyoncé, black women are clearly the backbone of the American conscience.
Abortion bill heads to Gov. Wolf for veto
December 13, 2017
A controversial bill to restrict abortion rights in Pennsylvania is heading to Gov. Wolf, opening the door for a showdown between him and the Republican-controlled legislature.

Wolf, a Democrat, has promised to veto the bill, calling it “the most extreme anti-choice legislation in the country” and “an assault on the doctor-patient relationship by politicians without medical or health expertise.”
‘It’s Unthinkable': Pennsylvania Lawmakers Fast-Track ‘Dangerous’ Anti-Choice Bill
December 12, 2017
Kelsey Williams said she knew something was wrong when the technician called a doctor during what should have been a routine 20-week ultrasound.

Her world crashed on that February day when the doctor informed her that the fetus had clubbed hands, feet, and severe deformities. He was not moving and would not be able to develop normally.
Welcome to the Culture Wars: PA. House Panel Approves Restrictive Abortion Ban
December 5, 2017
So this is what it looks like when the Republican-controlled House of Representatives decides that it really wants to do something.
On Monday evening, under cover of darkness and without a public hearing, the House Health Committee voted along party lines to send the full House a bill banning abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy; outlawing
Tyler Titus wins seat to become first transgender person elected in Pennsylvania
November 8, 2017
Tyler Titus, a candidate for Erie School Board, on Tuesday became the first openly transgender person elected to office in Pennsylvania.

The 33-year-old father of two boys successfully campaigned for one of four open seats on the board.
AG sues Trump, administration over new birth control policy
October 12, 2017
Pointing to new rules denying women contraception coverage that had been available under the Affordable Care Act, Attorney General Josh Shapiro sued President Donald Trump and his administration Wednesday.