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The future of abortion access in Pennsylvania could hinge on its governor’s race
July 24, 2018
At a Planned Parenthood-sponsored panel in September, a woman asked Gov. Tom Wolf why, in a state where there are more Democrats and pro-choice residents, is the legislature so Republican and anti-abortion?

“Great question,” Wolf said to laughs.

That Wolf would appear at an event put on by a health care organization that’s become a political lightning rod isn’t a surprise. His election was hailed by Cecile Richards, then-president of the national Planned Parenthood Federation of America, as “pretty darn exciting.” He hasn’t backed down from his position supporting reproductive rights since taking office, vetoing a 20-week abortion ban bill in December and vowing to block similar legislation.
Meet Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee
July 10, 2018
It's official, folks. President Donald Trump just announced his second nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Meet Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who if confirmed will replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, the moderate conservative who is set to retire at the end of the month.
The Supreme Court Decision on Crisis Pregnancy Centers & Abortion Is Here
June 27, 2018
The recent discovery of fake women's health centers (FWHC), also known as crisis pregnancy centers (CPC), has stirred quite the conversation in Washington D.C. At first glance these facilities come across as a standard women's clinic, but they're actually spaces that shame and stigmatize women. Well, these clinics have been the topic of debate in the court system, and the Supreme Court decision on crisis pregnancy centers was announced on Tuesday, June 26.
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.