“We believe women should be able to make their own decisions about their pregnancies and their futures”
Washington, DC — Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, testified before Congress today, at a hearing held by the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee.
The hearing comes after an unprecedented and unpopular attack on women’s reproductive health care in the 114th Congress, which has taken 14 votes to restrict women’s access to reproductive health care in the past few months — and four in September alone. Despite a fanatical obsession with attacking women’s health care by anti-abortion activists, Republican presidential candidates and extreme members of Congress, 10 national polls have now shown that the public both widely supports Planned Parenthood, and opposes blocking the nonprofit health care provider from accessing federal funds.
In addition, a separate written testimony was submitted to the committee yesterday.
Below is the testimony given by Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards, as prepared for delivery:
What is #PinkOut Day?Pink Out Day is our time to say: Listen to over a million Americans who are sick and tired of the relentless attacks on reproductive health care. Listen to the one in five American women who has received care at a Planned Parenthood health center. It will tell anti-abortion extremists and politicians that we are everywhere and we will not let them use fraud and deception to shut down the health centers so many women rely on for care. It will be women and men nationwide standing together to say: We’re not backing down, not today, not ever.
Be seen, be heard, be a part of this movement and this moment.
On September 29th to show your support for women's health and for Planned Parenthood
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Your kids receive many messages about sex every day. Believe it or not, they actually want to talk to YOU about relationships and sexuality.
Join us for this FREE session to learn tips for having comfortable, matter-of-fact conversations with your kids or teens about sexuality. We'll help you give them accurate information while sharing your family's values.
PASE is sponsored by a partnership between Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and North Dakota State University.
Together we are committed to improving the health of young people through programming that is comprehensive, medically-accurate, and age appropriate. We are all about health, community, and responsibility.
For more info or to RSVP:
email@example.com or 701-526-0725
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Was it hearing stories from your grandmother, mother, a class, or a personal experience that led you on your path to your convictions and activism?
Whatever it may be: you’re invited to Born After Roe!
Born After Roe is a reproductive health advocacy social hour that welcomes new and ardent supporters of Planned Parenthood into a safe space for education and conversation. These free advocacy salons are specifically aimed at supporters in their 20s and 30s.
All ages are welcome!
Thursday September 24th 6:30-8:30 pm
The Blue Moose
East Grand Forks
Join us as local students lead discussion about reproductive healthcare in your community!
Born After Roe Advocacy Salons are a place to learn, connect, and ask questions. It’s a space to raise awareness and make a difference. It's a place to sit down and talk to people your own age.
Born After Roe is an easy and fun way to get involved and learn something new about current reproductive health issues.
Does this sound like something you want to be a part of?
PLEASE JOIN US!
Light appetizers will be provided, any age welcome!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Oh, and invite your friends!
The North Dakota State University Laurie J. Loveland Symposium Series is proud to present: Jessica Valenti. Jessica Valenti is a feminist blogger and author of books such as Full, Frontal Feminism and Yes Means Yes.
She will be speaking on Thursday, September 17 in the Festival Concert Hall at 5:30 pm on the topic, Why Feminism (Still) Matters: Sexism, Culture and Activism. Event is free and open to the public.
For more information on Jessica, please check out her website: www.jessicavalenti.com
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At least 42 times, statements are spliced together and made to appear like seamless conversations; large chunks of video are missing
Heavily edited, widely reported videos ‘significantly distort and misrepresent’ actual events, expert report concludes
“This may be a game for those who’ve produced these videos, but for woman, it’s their health care.”
Secretly recorded videos about Planned Parenthood and lifesaving fetal tissue donation, which have been reported on widely by the media for the last six weeks, were heavily edited and “significantly distort and misrepresent” actual events, according to an expert report submitted to congressional leadership today.
“A thorough review of these videos in consultation with qualified experts found that they do not present a complete or accurate record of the events they purport to depict,” wrote Glenn Simpson, a partner at the research firm Fusion GPS, in a 10-page report submitted to leadership of the House and Senate.
Fusion GPS assembled three teams of experts in video forensics, production, and transcription to review five secretly recorded videos of Planned Parenthood staff that have been released as part of a three-year fraud by a group of anti-abortion activists with extremist ties. The experts, who include Grant Fredericks who is a contract instructor of video sciences at the FBI National Academy and one of the most experienced video experts in North America, reviewed the short videos (of eight to 15 minutes in length) that have been widely reported on and viewed, as well as the longer versions of those videos (which total 12 hours for all five) that were released hours or days later.
In North Dakota, Senator Hoeven and Congressman Cramer have used the video attacks to call for the defunding of Planned Parenthood, endangering valuable health care services for patients across the country. This new report lays out the facts and details that these videos are deceptively edited, and should not be used as evidence in a legal context, and have no journalistic value.
Key quotes from the expert report:
Along with the expert report, Planned Parenthood compiled a short breakdown of the heavy, deceptive editing in the five videos.
Key data from the summary:
Each semester, we are thrilled to work with passionate young students on their college campuses to be community and campus ambassadors, and to educate and spread the word about Planned Parenthood and empower folks to become advocates in their communities.
Hear reflections from Spring 2015 from Lindsay, a student intern at UND! Thanks for your great work up there, and for paving the way for future interns by building some great relationships.
What was the most rewarding part of the internship this past semester (Spring 2015)?
The most rewarding part of being an intern with Planned Parenthood was interacting with students through tabling and events. I enjoyed talking with students about their sexual health and exchanging our personal stories. I will never forget the STD prevention presentation “Sex in the Fishbowl” that I gave to a resident hall and the conversation that we had afterwards. It was great.
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Over the past few weeks, we’ve been highlighting experiences of ND youth who attended Planned Parenthood’s Generation Action National Conference in DC. The National Conference helped to empower, engage, and inspire us to bring a renewed sense of spirit to our work towards reproductive freedom and LGBTQ equality in our state. Thanks to all the youth who took the time to join at the National Conference!
Below, hear from Kyle, a young leader and activist from Grand Forks.
What was the most rewarding/inspiring part of the conference?
The most rewarding for me was the opportunity to network and connect with young adults and leaders from across the United States. I connected with some impressive presenters who offered to connect me with resources and people who might provide support for future advocacy work in ND.
What was something new you learned?I learned more about the important intersection of economic justice and reproductive justice.
Gush about your favorite speaker/performer.
I had never heard of Sonya Renee Taylor. I now love Sonya Renee Taylor. Check her out!
What do you plan to do or bring home with new awareness or skills you learned?
Network connections, a reinvigorated passion for justice, investigate the potential for a nondiscrimination ballot measure.
In today’s 24-hour news cycle and in a social media world where tweets can go viral instantly, we as media consumers must be able to filter fact from fiction. This is particularly true when it comes to social issues and when political power is at stake.
I have been following the trumped-up story about Planned Parenthood involving highly edited video purporting to sell tissue for financial gain. Nothing can be further from the truth.
The more we learn about this video, the clearer it is that it’s part of a much bigger pattern of harassment by extremists whose real goal is to ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood.
It’s no surprise that what was edited out of that video is how deeply Planned Parenthood providers care about the patients they serve, and the fact that they do this even in the face of hate, hostility and threats.
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