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August 21, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Texas can cut off funds for Planned Parenthood clinics before a trial concerning the legality of its ban on funding organizations tied to abortion providers, a federal appeals court  ruled Tuesday . The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans lifted a federal judge's temporary injunction that had protected the funding pending an October trial. After Texas banned funds for groups linked to abortion providers, some Planned Parenthood clinics sued, arguing the law violates free speech.
August 20, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, For the Booster Shots Blog
Planned Parenthood has launched a $3-million package of breast health programs designed to identify women at elevated risk of breast cancer, increase access to specialty healthcare for women with apparent breast abnormalities, and expand a breast health educational program aimed at Latinas. The initiative is to be funded with money donated in the wake of the Susan G. Komen Foundation's decision to withdraw its support for the organization -- a step that was reversed after it ignited a firestorm of controversy in February.
June 12, 2012
Re "Clinic fills a need at school," June 5 I don't know if it is cultural arrogance or moral confusion that motivates the L.A. Unified School District to collaborate with Planned Parenthood in running a clinic at a Boyle Heights high school. We are told that the birth control services offered are free and confidential, which of course means that the 16-year-old girl you profile can obtain these services without telling her parents. Given that the school is in a "heavily Latino" neighborhood, many of the parents are likely Roman Catholic and would not be happy about this service offered by the clinic.
June 7, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- A federal appeals court in New Orleans is expected to hear arguments Thursday over the legality of implementing a Texas rule that bans Planned Parenthoodclinics from a state and federally funded health program for uninsured, low-income women. “What's at stake is whether low-income women will be able to access healthcare services,” Melaney Linton, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston, told The Times. “It's virtually impossible for other health centers to pick up the clients that were served under this program by Planned Parenthood.” The TexasWomen's HealthProgram last year had a budget of $41 million, about $13 million of it for Planned Parenthood clinics and about 90% of the money from the federal government.
June 7, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
EL PASO -- A federal appeals court in New Orleans heard arguments Thursday over the legality of a Texas rule banning Planned Parenthood clinics from the state Women's Health Program. The three-judge panel from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals was made up of Harold DeMoss, E. Grady Jolly and Carl Stewart. The court posted recordings of the oral arguments on its website . “This case isn't about Planned Parenthood - it's about the women who turn to us for cancer screenings, birth control, and annual exams,” Planned Parenthood Texas affiliates said in a Thursday statement sent to The Times.
June 5, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
The first time the 16-year-old student visited Roosevelt High School's health clinic, she needed emergency contraception. This time, she wanted regular birth control. "I don't want to be pregnant," she said while at the clinic. "I'm too young. I can't take care of a baby. " Throughout the school year, students visit the on-campus clinic to get birth control, pregnancy tests, counseling and screening for sexually transmitted diseases. The services, which are free and confidential, are offered through a unique collaboration between Planned Parenthood and the Los Angeles Unified School District designed to reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies among teenagers at the Boyle Heights high school.
May 30, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The Planned Parenthood Action Fund began a $1.4-million ad campaign Wednesday attacking Mitt Romney as “just wrong for women,” injecting the abortion rights issue into a presidential campaign that has been heavily focused on the economy. The TV commercial is aimed at three swing markets - West Palm Beach, Fla.; Des Moines, Iowa; and northern Virginia, along with Washington, D.C. - and the launch coincided with the organization's endorsement of President Obama's reelection bid. The endorsement was certainly no surprise, given the sharp differences between the candidates on abortion and government-mandated contraception coverage.
May 18, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"What to Expect When You're Expecting"is essentially the Hallmark card version of the sage, saucy and very specific how-to bestseller by Heidi Murkoff. The movie's sentimental squibs on pregnancy merely skim the surface scratched so thoroughly by the book. As Murkoff knew and mined so well, there is a lot of nature-made comedy to be found in the discomforts of distended bodies, raging hormones and altered relationships. There is also pathos and pain, especially for couples who can't conceive.
May 5, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has put an end to tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood by signing a bill that she says closes loopholes for funding abortions. The bill, known as the “Whole Woman's Health Funding Priority Act,” tightens existing state regulations and prevents any government entity -- city, county or state -- from giving money to an organization that offers family planning that may indirectly fund abortions. It “closes loopholes in order to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions, whether directly or indirectly,"  Brewer said in a statement Friday after she signed the bill.
May 4, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A panel of federal appeals court judges ruled Friday that Texas cannot ban Planned Parenthood from receiving state funds while a federal lawsuit over funding is pending. The lawsuit, filed last month, concerns a law Texas legislators passed last year that would have eliminated funding to 49 Planned Parenthood clinics Tuesday. On Monday, before that could happen, a federal judge in Austin granted an injunction barring the state from enforcing the law until the federal case is resolved.
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