Every day, abortion providers endure harassment and threats simply because of the care that they offer patients. The recent attacks on Planned Parenthood underline the reality of the anti-choice movement: They want to stop access to safe, legal abortion. The group behind this latest fraud has executed 10 separate attack campaigns over the last eight years in an effort to ban abortion and block women’s access to care at Planned Parenthood.
Here is President and CEO Jodi Magee’s statement on the Planned Parenthood smear campaign:
“Women who have abortions often wish to donate tissue for research that can lead to lifesaving medical and scientific breakthroughs. This is done in a generous and altruistic frame of mind with the hope that they can help support advancements in medicine and helping other women and families who would benefit from the research. There are legal and ethical standards that reproductive health care providers follow in order to facilitate these donations. Physicians for Reproductive Health deplores the deceptive tactics used to distort and malign the importance of fetal tissue donation and offers support for women and providers that make the compassionate decision to donate.”
Now more than ever, physicians who provide abortion care and the allied health professionals who work at reproductive health clinics need your support. Please share this image on Twitter, Facebook, or any other social media platform and tell your friends and family that you #StandWithAbortionCareProviders. Or, you can simply share our own Facebook and Twitter posts.
We are thrilled and relieved that North Dakota’s House Bill 1456, the most extreme abortion ban in the United States, has been permanently blocked. Via our colleagues at the Center for Reproductive Rights, some background on the law:
North Dakota’s HB 1456—which was signed into law by Governor Jack Dalrymple in March 2013—is the earliest and most extreme abortion ban in the nation, making virtually all abortions in the state illegal as early as six weeks of pregnancy. The Center for Reproductive Rights and Thomas A. Dickson of the Dickson Law Office in Bismarck filed the lawsuit in June 2013 challenging the ban on behalf of Red River Women’s Clinic—the state’s sole abortion provider. A federal district court judge temporarily blocked the ban in July 2013 and then permanently blocked the law in April 2014, noting “the United States Supreme Court has spoken and has unequivocally said no state may deprive a woman of the choice to terminate her pregnancy at a point prior to viability.”
Our board chair Dr. Nancy Stanwood had this to say on the ruling’s significance:
“As physicians caring for the nation’s women, we applaud the ruling from the federal appeals court that confirms what we know: Decisions about reproductive health and well-being should be left to a woman and her doctor. Politicians have no place in my patient’s exam room, and their bans on safe, legal abortion deny women access to critical medical care, injuring their health and insulting their dignity. With the courts upholding time and again American women’s right to access abortion care, we physicians hope that politicians will stop interfering with the doctor-patient relationship and instead focus on issues that can actually improve women’s health.”