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NATIONAL
May 1, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- The brinkmanship continues as Texas battles to cut government funding to Planned Parenthood. Texas legislators passed a law last year to effectively remove Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from the Texas Medicaid Women's Health Program as of today.  Planned Parenthood clinics had sued the state to maintain funding and appeared to have won a victory Monday when a federal judge in Austin issued an injunction that...
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NATIONAL
April 30, 2012 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A federal judge on Monday stopped Texas from removing Planned Parenthood clinics from a state women's health program because the organization provides abortions. In his ruling , U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin cited evidence that the state rule banning Planned Parenthood from the program was unconstitutional. He imposed an injunction against enforcing the law until he can hear arguments in the case. The state immediately appealed.  The rule at issue was part of a law passed last year by Texas's Republican-controlled legislature and implemented by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
NEWS
April 13, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
After a tumultous and short-lived breakup between the two nonprofits in February, Susan G. Komen for the Cure is sending grant money Planned Parenthood's way. At least 17 Planned Parenthood affiliates will be receiving funding from their local Komen organizations, according to a report out in the Washington Post. The move comes as the breast cancer foundation continues to reforge ties after an unsuccessful attempt to stop funding the sexual and reproductive healthcare provider's breast-health services.
NATIONAL
February 20, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Reporting from Houston
Susan G. Komen for the Cure on Sunday held its first Race for the Cure breast-cancer fundraiser since the controversy over its decision to cut funding for Planned Parenthood. And, organization officials say, the event -- held in El Paso, Texas -- went off without a hitch. Race organizers told Reuters that 11,000 supporters appeared in the group's signature pink shoes and T-shirts to race or walk for Komen, the world's largest breast-cancer charity. That was nearly as many as last year, they said.
NEWS
February 10, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
For those who haven't reached the saturation point regarding the fracas surrounding Susan G. Komen for the Cure's decision - and then reversal - to cease awarding grants to Planned Parenthood for breast-health services, here's one more snippet of news. Karen Handel, former senior vice president for public policy at Komen, blasted Planned Parenthood in an interview with the Daily Beast, calling the organization a “gigantic bully, using Komen as its own personal punching bag.” Handel , who declared her antiabortion views during an unsuccessful run for Georgia governor in 2010, resigned from her Komen position earlier this week. She has since acknowledged her role in the move to drop Planned Parenthood from receiving future Komen grants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
As the nation climbs slowly out of the Great Recession, young adults appear to be having the toughest time of any age group gaining a foothold in the recovering economy. Those difficulties, in turn, are shaping their decisions about careers, schooling, marriage and parenthood, according to a new report. The analysis by the Pew Research Center, released Thursday, examines the effects of the recession on the lives and attitudes of young Americans ages 18 to 34. "The economy may be improving, but in spite of the recent decline in unemployment, young people are still really struggling," said Kim Parker, associate director of Pew's Social and Demographic Trends Project and a coauthor of the study.
NEWS
February 7, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Karen Handel says she resigned as a vice president for Susan G. Komen for the Cure because she had become "too much of a focal point" in the controversy surrounding Komen's decision to cut its funding to Planned Parenthood -- a decision that, after a torrent of public outcry, was reversed within days. "I really felt I had a responsibility to step aside so that [Komen] could refocus on their mission," Handel told Fox News in an interview Tuesday. The resignation follows close on the heels of accusations that Handel, a former gubernatorial candidate in Georgia who campaigned partly on a promise to yank state funding from Planned Parenthood, brought that same intent to the Dallas-based Komen when she was hired as senior vice president of public policy in April -- an accusation that Handel denies.
NEWS
February 3, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
Democrats in Congress applauded Susan G. Komen for the Cure for deciding to amend a new policy that led to the controversial decision to end grants for Planned Parenthood's breast health services. “This is a major victory for the men and women across America who made their voices heard over the last few days to express their shock and dismay at Komen's initial decision,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said in a statement. The decision had caused an uproar amid speculation that it was politically motivated.
OPINION
February 3, 2012
The Susan G. Komen for the Cureorganization made a premature and unfortunate decision to sever ties with Planned Parenthood, a move that already appears to be coming back to haunt the breast cancer-fighting foundation. As a private nonprofit, of course, Komen has every right to decide how to spend its money. Until now, it has given Planned Parenthood, which is better known as a provider of contraception and abortions, more than $500,000 a year to perform breast exams and provide related outreach for low-income women, as well as referrals for mammograms.
NEWS
February 3, 2012 | By Eryn Brown and Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog, This post has been updated, as indicated below
In a reversal of policy after a nationwide uproar over its decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, Susan G. Komen for the Curesaid Friday that it will amend its new funding rules and allow continued funding of breast health programs operated by the clinic. Nancy G. Brinker, Komen's founder and chief executive, said that the breast cancer foundation's decision to halt funding to providers who were under investigation was not done for political reasons and was not meant to penalize Planned Parenthood specifically.  "We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political.
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