NEW REPORT: Texas Anti-Choice Groups Focus Beyond Supreme Court, Determined to End Women’s Right to Choose

U.S. Supreme Court To Rule On Texas TRAP Law, But It’s Only One Part of Anti-Choice Groups’ Radical National Agenda
New Report Shows How Texas Anti-Choice Groups and Donors Are Determined to End a Woman’s Right to Choose Nationwide

Washington, DC—Today, the Bridge Project and NARAL Pro-Choice America released a new report, “It’s a TRAP! How Anti-Choice Groups Have Used Texas to Push a Radical National Agenda,” about how Texas Omnibus Abortion Bill, known as HB 2 was designed to ultimately eliminate women’s access to abortion procedures by placing strict restrictions on providers and medical clinics. Now Texas HB 2 awaits a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on whether the Texas law imposes unconstitutional restrictions on a woman’s right to choose.

“Doctors and medical professionals agree that Texas TRAP law restrictions are “unnecessary” and in fact, endanger women’s health and safety,” said Anne Shoup, National Director of Bridge Project. “HB 2 is only a […]

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New Report: Do Women Float? The Extreme GOP Witch Trial of Planned Parenthood

For Immediate Release
March 2, 2016
Contact: Dawn Le, 202-549-6798

NEW REPORT RELEASE:

Do Women Float? The Extreme GOP Witch Trial of Planned Parenthood

Sen.Today, before the Republicans launch their first “witch trial” hearing on Planned Parenthood, American Bridge released a new, comprehensive report titled, “Do Women Float? The Extreme GOP Witch Trial of Planned Parenthood” connecting the eight House members from the “Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives” with their long-held anti-choice biases and associations with radical, anti-choice donors and activists.

Despite a grand jury ruling the videos released by the radical, anti-choice group, the Center for Medical Progress, were doctored and manipulated, the panel is resuming its investigation to mount the Republicans’ campaign to permanently defund Planned Parenthood, and ultimately eliminating a woman’s right to choose.

Below are brief summaries of the members’ public statements and actions:

The chair of the panel, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, has already pledged to defund “abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, […]

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Who the GOP Needs to Win in 2016…No One At CPAC

It’s hard when you can see what’s wrong, but you can’t do anything to correct it. That’s how the Republican Party must feel about CPAC. As thousands of conservative Republicans arrive in Washington, DC for the three-day jamboree, the Republican Party will have to balance how to appease its right-wing base but still attract and win over women, immigrants, and the youth vote.

From the looks of CPAC’s agenda, panel discussions, and guest speakers, the GOP has waved the white flag.

Check out this list of speakers, panels, and activists who will have a mic at CPAC:

Women Don’t Vote for Anti-Choice, Anti-Equal Pay Agendas

James O’Keefe of Project Veritasand his Protégé-In-Crime David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress are sitting down together for an “inside the activists’ studio” session – presumably they’ll be providing tips on how to misleadingly doctor up videos to inspire a congressional investigation to undermine women’s health and defund Planned […]

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Six Days Until GOP Shuts Down The Government Again, Republicans Ignore Consequences For Real Americans

Despite promise after promise from Republicans in Congress that there would be no more shutdowns and they would stop governing crisis by crisis, we are less than one week away from another irresponsible Republican government shutdown. In their willingness to shut down the government over a partisan ultimatum to defund Planned Parenthood, the GOP is not only playing politics with women’s health, but with the millions Americans who would face the real consequences of a shutdown.

With just six days left for Republicans to avoid a shutdown, check out the coverage of how another GOP shutdown would harm the economy, endanger jobs, and result in damaging consequences for small businesses, seniors, students,  homeowners, and children:

Washington Post: Shuttering the government actually costs more than keeping it open — more than $2 billion last time 

“Lost work, back pay and wiped-out jobs for federal contractors and other private-sector workers loom as just some of the […]

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Group Attacking Planned Parenthood Feeling The Heat?

The head of the group attacking Planned Parenthood, Center for Medical Progress, is doing everything possible on CNN this morning to deny his deep associations with anti-choice extremists and militants — ties that are clear as day on paper.

CMP’s highly edited and misleading undercover videos are part of a coordinated strike that Congressional Republicans and GOP presidential candidates like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are fueling to try and defund women’s health care. Last night was the latest sign that Republicans are fracturing their coalition using an anti-choice extremist group to decide whether to shut down the federal government over Planned Parenthood funding.

The facts on CMP’s extremist and militant connections:

CMP Board Member Troy Newman Is An Anti-Choice Extremist

Troy Newman Was A Board Member Of The Center For Medical Progress. According to Christian Newswire, “Operation Rescue President Troy Newman serves on the Board of Daleiden’s Center for Medical Progress. During this investigation, […]

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You’re only as good as the company you keep…

House and Senate Republicans are excited to be able to attack a woman’s right to choose and birth control again now that they think they got that whole pesky “legitimate rape” thing out of the way.

But as the ghost of Todd Akin still roams the hill they are aligning themselves with a whole new group of extremists – including those who condone violence against doctors and clinics – that are also supporting the political hit job on Planned Parenthood.

As Congress continues down this extreme anti-choice path they are likely to be looking back at the further damage they have done to their standing with women and wish they had found a way to shut this whole thing down.

Politico — Republicans have sought to use the videos to revive the debate over abortion, which has been largely dormant since former Rep. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments derailed his 2012 bid for […]

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New Research Shows Anti-Choice Group’s Extremist Ties and Potentially Illegal Activity

In light of today’s newly-released video from the extremist Center for Medical Progress attacking Planned Parenthood, here’s what new research reveals about the group with a history of subversive activities: They have ties to anti-choice extremism — including to groups that supported health worker harassment and that were sympathetic to a doctor’s killer — and allegedly performed other illegal activity.

The Center For Medical Progress — as innocently-named, as it is maliciously motivated — is, as The Huffington Post reported:

“[N]othing more than a front organization for the anti-abortion group Live Action. That is not how the IRS understood it when considering the group’s application for tax-exempt status, and not how the group originally presented itself to the public in soliciting donations.” 

That’s right: Center for Medical Progress seemingly misrepresented itself to the IRS as a biomedicine charity, whereas it is nothing more than a bona fide, anti-choice hit squad that, as The Huffington Post’s Laura Bassett put it, “appears […]

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Things Rep. Chris Smith Wants To Investigate: Birth Control

As Rep. Chris Smith uses a deceptively edited and misleading video to call for an investigation into Planned Parenthood, his charade is the latest in his history of calling for absurd investigations. Smith once called for an investigation into birth control pills.

Smith and other Republicans refuse to acknowledge medical study after medical study that show their claims about contraceptives are unfounded. It hasn’t stopped the GOP — including Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker — from lining up to attack Planned Parenthood for political expediency.

Background:

1998: Congressman Chris Smith Called For Using Resources At Congress’s Disposal To Come To A Conclusion How Birth Control “Chemicals” And The IUD Work, Out Of Concern They Might Cause Abortions. In a debate over the coverage of abortion and contraception in health care for federal employees, Chris Smith said, “Let me make it very clear there has to be a determination made, and maybe it is about […]

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Americans For Prosperity: “Doctor Questions”

A new ad from Americans for Prosperity stars a pediatrician who says that “Obamacare has me worried” about her ability to give patients the attention they need and the future of her practice. However, while the conservative group identifies Dr. Mary Ellen Gallagher as a “Family Doctor and Pediatrician,” the ad does not mention that she also has a history of attaching herself to Republican campaigns in Virginia, including Ken Cuccinelli’s bid for governor.

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