Missouri Republicans now forcing ‘state-sanctioned sexual assault’ for every woman seeking an abortion

The crackdown on a woman’s right to choose being waged by Republicans in Missouri has escalated to the point of forced pelvic examinations, Rachel Maddow reported Thursday. “What we have discovered is that as of Thursday of last week, as of a week ago today, we can now report that every woman seeking a legal…

Source: Maddow exclusive: Missouri Republicans now forcing ‘state-sanctioned sexual assault’ for every woman seeking an abortion – Raw Story

‘We’re in the fight of our lives’: Alabama abortion law spurs lawsuits and protests

Women’s health advocates and Democratic leaders vow to fight the measure and the conservative-led effort to challenge abortion rights nationwide

Source: ‘We’re in the fight of our lives’: Alabama abortion law spurs lawsuits and protests | US news | The Guardian

Planned Parenthood Day of Action, Wednesday, April 17

Registration link plus info:
Link for registration: bit.ly/PPAODayofAction
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 9:00 AM
Salem, OR
Oregonians issued a mandate in the 2018 midterm elections: They want more access to health care, not less. We expect our elected leaders to take action now to invest in our communities, close the growing economic divide and protect the rights of our neighbors, co-workers families. We showed up on Election Day, and now it’s time to show up on Lobby Day: Please join us Wednesday, April 17th in Salem for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon’s 2019 Day of Action!
Once every two years, PPAO mobilizes citizen lobbyists from throughout the state to amplify our voices. This is an all ages welcome event. We’ll provide an extensive, robust and fun training; march to the State Capitol; and meet with elected officials to discuss our legislative priorities.

This year, we are proud to join a broad coalition of Oregonians of color, people of all genders and abilities, LGBTQ communities and immigrants who are fighting to give women and working families a fair shot at success. Together, we are demanding that legislators support policies to break down the system of discrimination and inequality that continues to hold us back:

  • Revenue reform: Health equity is impossible without stable, adequate funding that ensures all Oregonians can access the services they deserve to help them stay healthy. We will advocate for a budget that ensures reproductive health care and sexual health education for more Oregonians.

  • Housing reform: Unstable housing affects health outcomes and is an underlying, contributing factor of health inequities in Oregon. Planned Parenthood patients rely on stable homes in order to live healthy, successful lives and access the health care they need.

  • Paid family leave: It is essential for employers to support pregnant, parenting, and caregiving employees by providing paid family leave. Without universal policies like paid family leave, Oregonians continue to face real barriers to staying in the workforce and maintaining their earnings when family caregiving needs arise.

Here is more information about the day:

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Day of Action

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

First Congregational United Church of Christ
700 Marion St NE
Salem, OR 97301
We’ll be meeting at the First Congregational United Church of Christ  for a full training before heading over to the Capitol.


Street parking and metered parking are available, and there is a parkade a few blocks from the Congregational UCC that you can pay to pay in called Chemekata Parkade. The church does not have on-site parking so please plan ahead!

What To Bring

Please bring a reusable water bottle if you have one, wear clothes you feel comfortable wearing while meeting with your representative, and wear shoes you will be able to walk in. All other materials will be provided!

Sign Planned Parenthood’s People’s Brief to Stop the Gag Rule

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Planned Parenthood’s People’s Brief

When a patient sees their doctor, they have the right to full and accurate information about their health, including how and where to access safe, legal abortion. The Trump-Pence administration’s gag rule violates that right and puts people’s lives at risk. We, the undersigned, believe this rule is illegal and support Planned Parenthood’s fight to stop it.

By making it impossible for Planned Parenthood providers to participate in the Title X program, this gag rule will block patients who rely on Title X for care from obtaining that care at Planned Parenthood. It’s a direct attack on anyone who has gotten health care at Planned Parenthood and reproductive health care providers like them.

This rule will hit hardest against people struggling to make ends meet, including women of color — who already face barriers to accessing health care. The gag rule will make these health care disparities even worse.

Let’s be clear: This is not about health care. This is about politicians putting patients at risk to advance their ultimate agenda, which is to fundamentally restrict our reproductive health and rights.

We, the undersigned, will not stay quiet. We will never stop speaking out when our rights and our health are on the line. Today and every day, we stand with Planned Parenthood, the thousands of providers who stand in opposition, and the people who will lose health care as a result of this dangerous gag rule.

And we’ll keep fighting, no matter what.


Donald Trump Won’t Stop Until He’s Put Planned Parenthood Out of Business, But Women Can Stop Donald Trump

The Trump Administration is scheduled to announce its plan to deliver on one of Donald Trump’s signature campaign promises—defunding Planned Parenthood. But

Source: Donald Trump Won’t Stop Until He’s Put Planned Parenthood Out of Business But, Women Can Stop Donald Trump | National Organization for Women

What Cecile Richards is doing after Planned Parenthood: “I’ll be in the fight”

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Source: What Cecile Richards is doing after Planned Parenthood: “I’ll be in the fight” | Salon.com