Planned Parenthood Sues Anti-Abortion Extremists for Phony Videos

Planned Parenthood announced Thursday that it had filed a federal lawsuit against the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), an anti-abortion organization that orchestrated a widely discredited video campaign this past summer alleging that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue for profit. “This lawsuit exposes the elaborate, illegal conspiracy designed to block women’s access to safe and legal […]

Of Crochet Hooks and Illegal Abortions

As the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade approaches on Jan. 22—and with the Supreme Court set to revisit women’s fundamental right to access abortion in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole case, the most serious threat to abortion since 1992—the Ms. Blog decided to look back at the realities of illegal abortion pre-Roe, and for women today who […]

We Remember: Abortion Clinic Violence is Nothing New

I wrote this paper originally in 1996—for a magazine called Sojourner: The Women’s Forum—because the issue of abortion clinic violence screamed to me: As a clinic defender, I witnessed people (mostly men and very few women) yelling violently and acting aggressively towards women going into clinics in Boston and Brookline, Mass. to get abortions. I wanted people to […]

These Doors Stay Open

Over 20 years ago, in December of 1994, two young clinic workers were murdered and five other people wounded in a shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic outside of Boston. At the time, I was staff writer for Planned Parenthood of Connecticut (now Planned Parenthood of Southern New England). When, in early 1995, we […]

Attack in Colorado Springs Part of an Ongoing Campaign of Threats and Violence

Last Friday, the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo. became the site of an hours-long standoff between police and a gunman, resulting in three deaths—including a police officer—and many others injured. In interviews with investigators following the attacks, suspected shooter Robert Lewis Dear spoke of “baby parts” and expressed anti-abortion sentiments. What many following the case […]

Abortion Opponents: Watch What They Do, Not What They Say

Last Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted (again) to defund Planned Parenthood. Another battle in the ongoing war on Planned Parenthood and abortion. Right? Wrong. If you listen to the candidate debates, it’s all about abortion, but if you follow what “abortion opponents” actually do once elected, the motivation becomes clear—it’s not just abortion […]

Planned Parenthood Is Under Attack. What Do We Do? Stand Up, Fight Back!

Earlier today, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards faced off for more than five hours with lawmakers in Congress, defending her organization and its work providing health care to millions of women and men. During the often-tense exchange, Richards reiterated to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that accusations that Planned Parenthood benefits heavily from the sale of […]

6 Ways You Can Stand With Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood provides critical health services—such as cancer screenings and STI testing—to 2.7 million women and men every year. But anti-choice lawmakers are wrongly claiming that Planned Parenthood mostly provides abortions (in fact, abortions account for just 3 percent of all the health services Planned Parenthood provides) and they’re fighting to strip the organization of its […]