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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.
November 19, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court cleared the way Tuesday for Texas to enforce a strict new abortion regulation that opponents say prevents a third of the state's clinics from performing the procedure. The court, in a 5-4 vote, split along ideological lines in turning down an appeal to block the law that abortion rights advocates challenged as unconstitutional. The measure, adopted by Texas lawmakers in July, requires that abortion providers have a doctor on their staffs who has admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic.
February 1, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Not everyone associated with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure is happy about the group's decision to sever ties with Planned Parenthood. Susan G. Komen for the Cure Connecticut , an affiliate based in Farmington, Conn., expressed "frustration" with the situation, posting on its Facebook page: "The decision regarding the funding of Planned Parenthood was made by Susan G. Komen for the Cure National Headquarters....
November 4, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- Planned Parenthood and others opponents of new Texas abortion restrictions have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate an injunction blocking portions of the law concerning doctors' admitting privileges. The appeal was filed with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who gave state officials until next Tuesday to file a response before he rules. Scalia could rule on the injunction himself or refer the issue to the full court. Opponents said Monday that because of the new restrictions, a third of the state's licensed health centers have had to stop providing abortion services, including at least 14 providers, which will restrict abortion access to about 20,000 women annually.
June 9, 1993
The analysis in "Ad Watch" (June 1) conveyed a possible misperception that Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles may have taken a position in the mayoral race. This is not the case. Our loyal friends and supporters may issue individual expressions of support which should not be confused with the position of the organization as a whole. PPLA is prohibited by law from endorsing any political candidates, and we do our best to adhere to the letter of the law. JOAN GRIGGS BABBOTT MD Executive Director, PPLA
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.
February 1, 2012 | By Noam Levey and Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
What's the status of the congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood? Susan G. Komen for the Cure's decision to pull funding from Planned Parenthood was based on the fact that Planned Parenthood is under congressional investigation and Komen has a newly adopted policy of not awarding funds to any organization that's being investigated by local, state or federal authorities, Komen spokeswoman Leslie Aun told the Associated Press ....
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.
February 2, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Some members of the House and Senate are getting involved in the flap over the recent decision of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to cut back funding of Planned Parenthood. They're inviting colleagues to sign letters asking Komen to reconsider its stance and calling the organization out for being politically motivated. A news release from the office of U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) says she and fellow Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have been joined by 24 of their colleagues in support of the letter, addressed to Komen founder and Chief Executive Nancy Brinker.
July 2, 1989
The president of the board of directors of Planned Parenthood, Jeanette Reese, offers in her article ("Office of Family Planning," June 25) reasons why the people of California should be happy to spend $34.6 million of their money in order to help them keep their "clinic" doors open. One reason is that it "will save at least $400 million in future costs." Planned Parenthood sells itself as a caring, professional family planning organization, when in fact it is the largest abortion provider and advocate in the United States.
October 22, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Tucked into the deeply evangelical corner of southwestern Missouri, the Islamic Society of Joplin's mosque was an oasis for Muslims -- the only mosque within a 50-mile radius. But in August 2012, during Ramadan, the building burned to the ground in an apparent arson fire. It was the second attempt made on the mosque in about a month; activists feared a hate crime, and a team of federal and local investigators couldn't find a suspect.  But now, a surprise turn in a different arson case has implicated an Iraq veteran, who officials say confessed over the weekend to burning down the mosque in addition to making attempts on the local Planned Parenthood office.
October 1, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
If Nancy Reagan ever dropped in on Texas, she would make a foursome: four past and present Republican First Ladies, all married to anti-abortion politicians, and yet who themselves, to varying degrees, support a right to abortion. Anita Perry, wife of the super-duper pro-lifer Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who just signed into law very stringent abortion regulations, let it slip over the weekend that she regards abortion as “a woman's right.” She answered a question at the Texas Tribune festival with an equivocal-sounding response - that she and her husband agree on abortion - but with an eyebrow-raising kicker: It's a “difficult” question, she said, “because I see it as a women's right.
August 14, 2013 | Patt Morrison
It's not a typo: The South Central L.A. Tea Party exists, and Jesse Lee Peterson takes a bow for founding it. He's also president and founder of the 23-year-old black bootstraps group Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, or BOND, and serves as pastor for a nondenominational congregation at its headquarters. As his public pronouncements make clear, he detests Planned Parenthood and legal abortion, welfare and the California-born black holiday Kwanzaa. He used to hold a "national day of repudiation" against Jesse Jackson; he has his doubts about women in high places.
July 12, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
Capping weeks of divisive protests and political drama, the Texas Senate approved one of the nation's strictest abortion bills in a 19-11 vote, following earlier approval by the state House. The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Rick Perry, who has pledged to sign it. Passage came during a session that stretched to midnight in the state Capitol in Austin. Before the vote, watched by activists from both sides, lawmakers offered emotional remarks inflected in many cases with religious references.
July 6, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
Wisconsin this week became the latest state to pass legislation restricting abortions, though opponents of the measure quickly filed suit.  The bill, signed Friday by Gov. Scott Walker, would require women to view an ultrasound of the fetus before an abortion. Providers would be required to point out the fetus' features on the ultrasound. In addition, doctors performing the procedure are required to have admitting privileges at a hospital within a 30-mile radius. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Affiliated Medical Service, both opponents of the bill, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Madison to block the law from taking effect Monday, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.
July 2, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
What would Tami Taylor do? It's a question plenty of us - or at least those of us who'd like to emulate the perfectly coiffed character played by Connie Britton for five seasons on “Friday Night Lights”   -  ask ourselves on a regular basis. Now, following Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis' historic 13-hour filibuster , it's become a rallying cry for abortion rights advocates. On Monday, Britton announced a collaboration with Planned Parenthood on limited edition T-shirts designed to show opposition to Senate Bill 5 ,  the proposed legislation that would dramatically restrict access to abortion in the state.
July 22, 1995 | Associated Press
The President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America reportedly resigned Friday after failing to muster a vote of confidence at a board meeting. Pamela J. Maraldo, who succeeded Faye Wattleton as president two years ago, has not officially announced her departure, nor named a successor, the New York Times said in today's editions.
June 7, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Matt Birk stands by his convictions. The retired, six-time Pro Bowl center opted not to visit the White House this week with his Baltimore Ravens teammates because he disagrees with President Obama's stance on abortion. The Ravens visited the White House on Wednesday, in keeping with the tradition of Super Bowl champions. Birk, a Harvard graduate and winner of the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2012, is a devout Catholic and father of six. He was particularly angered by what Obama said at the end of a speech at a Planned Parenthood conference in April: “Thank you, Planned Parenthood.
May 28, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to allow Indiana to block Medicaid funding of Planned Parenthood clinics because they perform abortions. Without comment, the high court let stand decisions by a federal judge in Indiana and the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago that prevented the measure from taking effect. The 2011 law would have banned Medicaid funds from going to an organization such as Planned Parenthood whose work includes performing abortions. Judge Diane S. Sykes, writing for the 7th Circuit last year, said the state's "defunding law excludes Planned Parenthood from Medicaid for a reason unrelated to its fitness to provide medical services, violating its patients' statutory right to obtain medical care from the qualified provider of their choice.
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