July 18, 2014
THIS WEEK, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey may have become the sexiest man alive. OK, maybe not literally, but we are betting that many women had very warm feelings toward him when he sponsored the Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act. The bill was also known as the "Not My Boss' Business Act. " The bill would have made sure that for-profit CEOs cannot interfere in their employees' decisions about contraception and other health services....
June 11, 2014 |
Forty years after the Family Planning Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania was created, it is working to reinvent itself, complete with a new name: AccessMatters. Executive director Melissa Weiler Gerber announced the rebranding Monday night at a news conference and cocktail party at the 1700 Market St. offices of the retitled council. The group administers public funding for reproductive health services in the region, channeling money to 25 providers - hospitals, health centers, and clinics - that serve more than 120,000 mostly low-income clients.
October 26, 2013 |
CHESTER SPRINGS - Like a typical mother, Marie Louise Ludwig was thrilled to hear her daughter, Stephanie, say the word Mommy. The fact that it happened when Stephanie, who is autistic, was 15, made the milestone even sweeter. "I think it's a word a lot of mothers take for granted," said Ludwig, who lives in Phoenixville with her husband, Andy, and Stephanie Keir, now 21. But Stephanie, who graduated in June from Devereux in West Chester, can't live with her parents forever.
August 9, 2013 |
If you ever find yourself hanging out with Jennifer Aniston , remember not to ask her if she's having kids with fiancé Justin Theroux . She's sick of all the questions. Jen tells ABC she's constantly asked how many boys and girls she wants. The way they ask, says Jen, implies they assume celebs have kids the way regular folk order burgers. "I didn't realize you could place orders! I honestly didn't realize it was like a drive-thru, that you could talk to a little electronic voice," says Jen. Anyway, there's been no time to make babies: Jen's been busy getting her bod in shape to play a stripper in her new pic, We're the Millers . "Honestly, it was the craziest workout," she says of her first ever role as a stripper - "at least . . . in film," Jen teases.
June 28, 2013 |
Beating out a challenger, the Family Planning Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania has won renewal of the federal grant that has been its lifeblood for 42 years. Melissa Weiler Gerber, the council's executive director, announced the three-year, $15.7 million award in an e-mail to the 26 hospitals, health centers, and clinics that will use the money to provide birth control, STD tests, and breast exams. "We are honored to be able to continue our work together through this lifesaving, life-changing program that has been a cornerstone of the Family Planning Council's reproductive and sexual health work for over 40 years," Gerber wrote.
June 19, 2013 |
Expanded family planning services are at stake again this year as New Jersey's Assembly Budget Committee has advanced two bills that Gov. Christie will likely veto. One would provide $7.45 million for family planning services, while the other would expand Medicaid coverage for family planning to women who are not pregnant. Democrats proposed similar bills after Christie eliminated family planning funding and withdrew an application to expand Medicaid coverage in 2010. Christie then vetoed that legislation.
May 15, 2013
WITH three first-degree murder verdicts against Kermit Gosnell, we can call him a baby-killer without the political freight that that term usually carries in the fight over abortion rights. There was no ambiguity in his actions, no debate over when a fetus becomes viable when he performed his illegal late-term abortions of some babies who were born alive. No one would defend his actions as legal, or protected by Roe v. Wade. The verdict may bring to a close the gruesome and horrifying details of Gosnell's butchery practice.
February 20, 2013 |
When Melissa Weiler Gerber became executive director of the Family Planning Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania in 2010, she called it "a challenging time. " The nonprofit council - which administers public funding for reproductive health services in the region - was operating in the red. Nationally, family planning funding was under renewed political attack. And Gerber, 45, was following a tough act: Dorothy Mann, 71, known during her 33-year tenure for her vision and brash style.
November 29, 2012 |
Greetings, unwitting general public! Did you realize there's a "two-track system of justice" at Philadelphia Traffic Court, according to an investigative report commissioned by Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald Castille, "one for the politically connected and another for the unwitting general public"? That would be us, the clueless, ticket-paying schmoes without access to our Democratic ward leader's cell. The report, required reading for anyone who still believes in fairness, justice, or Santa Claus, shows that ticket-fixing was rampant at the patronage swamp, involving at least seven judges and much of the staff, who offered a generous Friends and Family plan to the region's most politically connected.
July 30, 2012 |
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's new message to parents: Get busy and have babies. In a major reversal of once far-reaching family planning policies, authorities are now slashing its birth-control programs in an attempt to avoid an aging demographic similar to many Western countries that are struggling to keep up with state medical and social security costs. The changes - announced in Iranian media last week - came after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described the country's wide-ranging contraceptive services as "wrong.