The Week: Most Recent Social Issues:Planned Parenthood Under Fire recent posts.en-usFri, 08 Jun 2012 13:40:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Social Issues:Planned Parenthood Under Fire from THE WEEKFri, 08 Jun 2012 13:40:00 -0400Should Planned Parenthood be allowed in schools?<img src="" /></P><p>Planned Parenthood has teamed up with the Los Angeles Unified School District to run a clinic at a public high school, offering students free and confidential birth control, counseling, pregnancy tests, and screening for sexually transmitted diseases. The program at Roosevelt High School &mdash; the first of its kind &mdash; was designed to help cut the school's unusually high teen pregnancy rates. Legally, teens don't need parental permission to visit the clinic, a fact that incenses some parents, who have pounced on the decision to let Planned Parenthood, a frequent target of anti-abortion activists...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 08 Jun 2012 13:40:00 -0400The Republican trying to save Planned Parenthood<img src="" /></P><p>Planned Parenthood doesn't have many friends in the Republican Party: House Republicans have tried to strip it of any federal funding, and several GOP-controlled state governments have approved bans on all state support for the women's health group, because it performs abortions. (The procedure makes up 3 percent of Planned Parenthood's services.) But then there's freshman Rep. Robert Dold (R-Ill.), who not only wants Planned Parenthood to keep its funding, but also just introduced a bill that would prevent agencies and governments from denying it family-planning dollars just because it offers...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 10 May 2012 09:20:00 -0400Are anti-abortion activists framing Planned Parenthood?<img src="" /></P><p>Planned Parenthood clinics in at least 11 states have noted suspiciously similar walk-ins in recent weeks by young women asking remarkably similar questions, and suggesting they want an abortion only if they are pregnant with a girl. The apparently coordinated series of "hoax visits" has Planned Parenthood bracing for another "propaganda campaign" by anti-abortion activists who selectively edit secretly videotaped visits to "promote misinformation about Planned Parenthood and our services," spokeswoman Chloe Cooney tells <em>The Huffington Post</em>. Are we about to see a new series of "sting" videos? Here...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 24 Apr 2012 09:46:00 -0400Does defunding Planned Parenthood hurt women's health?<img src="" /></P><p>Texas Republicans' war on Planned Parenthood is still raging. Already, more than a dozen Planned Parenthood clinics shut down last year after state lawmakers slashed women's health spending by two-thirds in the name of stopping abortions. Now, Gov. Rick Perry and GOP legislators have set the stage for further cuts that will hit next week. What effect is this having on women's health? Here, a brief guide:<br /><br /><strong>First off: What's happening next week?</strong><br />A controversial new state law takes effect. The rule will exclude Planned Parenthood and any other "affiliates of abortion providers" from the Medicaid Women...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 09 Mar 2012 15:02:00 -0500Planned Parenthood and the pink Bibles controversy<img src="" /></P><p>Americans can promote breast cancer awareness with everything from ribbons to coffee mugs to women's designer boots. But one pinkified book is drumming up a wave of controversy. It's a special Breast Cancer Awareness edition of the Holman Christian Standard Bible, which has been yanked from store shelves by its publisher after customers complained about who was getting the money raised from sales. Here, a brief guide:</p><p><strong>What happened?</strong><br />Nashville-based&nbsp;LifeWay Christian Resources recalled its special edition "Here's Hope Breast Cancer Awareness Bible" from Walmart and other retailers after receiving...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 20 Dec 2011 07:15:00 -0500Indiana's controversial defunding of Planned Parenthood<img src="" /></P><p>A new Indiana law limiting access to abortion has survived its first challenge. The measure cuts off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood and, theoretically, other abortion providers, although the state's hospitals and walk-in surgical centers are exempted. A federal judge rejected a request from Planned Parenthood for a temporary restraining order to prevent the law from being enforced during the appeal process. The law, signed Tuesday by Gov. Mitch Daniels &mdash; a possible Republican presidential candidate &mdash; makes Indiana the first state to strip family planning clinics of federal funding...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 12 May 2011 11:46:00 -0400The latest tweets on 'Planned Parenthood'</P><div class="twitterBlock"></div> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 11 May 2011 17:44:00 -0400Should Jon Kyl get to erase his 'Planned Parenthood lies'?<img src="" /></P><p>Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) faced anger and ridicule after claiming earlier this month that abortions account for 90 percent of Planned Parenthood's business &mdash; the actual figure is 3 percent. First, his office tried to calm the furor by saying that Kyl's assertion, made on the Senate floor during debate over the group's federal funding, was "not intended to be a factual statement." Now Kyl has stricken what some called his "Planned Parenthood lies" from the congressional record. Is that fair?<strong><br /></strong><strong><br />Kyl should not get to cover up his lie:</strong> The Senate's No. 2 Republican wants his "egregiously, ludicrously...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 25 Apr 2011 12:47:00 -0400Will Republicans shut down the government over Planned Parenthood?<img src="" /></P><p>Another night of budget talks failed to produce a deal acceptable to President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Reid said that money isn't the holdup, but rather the GOP's "line in the sand" over its&nbsp;hundreds of policy amendments, especially those to defund Planned Parenthood and curb EPA enforcement. Such big policy issues "have no place on a budget bill," Reid said. Could the government really shut down over Planned Parenthood?</p><p><strong>The GOP is putting ideology first:</strong> The Democrats aren't blameless here &mdash; they should have just passed...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 08 Apr 2011 11:02:00 -0400Can Republican Scott Brown save Planned Parenthood?<img src="" /></P><p>House Republicans' hopes of stripping all federal funding from Planned Parenthood hit a big obstacle Tuesday, and his name is Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass). The junior senator from Massachusetts (and one-time Tea Party favorite) said the measure simply "goes too far." Two other GOP senators, Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), had already voiced their opposition to the House plan. But does having a male Republican vocally support "family planning and health services for women" effectively save Planned Parenthood's $330 million from the chopping block?</p><p><strong>Brown doomed the defunding...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 23 Mar 2011 10:54:00 -0400