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April 14, 2012 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the first time, a Pennsylvania appeals court has confronted the complex question of who gets custody of embryos, ruling this week in favor of a Chester County woman who hopes to give birth using frozen embryos that her estranged husband wants destroyed. The Superior Court decision upheld a lower court, but ran counter to the small body of national case law on embryo custody. In six other states where high courts have grappled with disputes over frozen embryos, they concluded that parenthood should not be forced on an unwilling person.
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April 12, 2012 | By Chris Tomlinson, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - Eight Planned Parenthood organizations sued Texas on Wednesday for excluding them from participating in a program that provides contraception and checkups to women, saying the new rule violates their constitutional rights to freedom of speech and association. The groups, none of which provide abortions, contend in the federal lawsuit that a new state law banning organizations affiliated with abortion providers from participating in the Women's Health Program has nothing to do with providing medical care and is simply intended to silence individuals or groups who support abortion rights.
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February 8, 2012 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Why are we always fighting about women's bodies, and never about those of men? The Susan G. Komen for the Cure vice president involved in yanking Planned Parenthood funding for breast exams resigned Tuesday after a punishing backlash for the breast-cancer behemoth and a boon to the nation's leading provider of sexual and reproductive health care. Karen Handel, a Republican abortion foe who ran unsuccessfully to be governor of Georgia, campaigned on having government defund Planned Parenthood.
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February 4, 2012 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
For 30 years, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has set the pace and won the race - not for the cure of the disease, but for trademarks, sponsors, alliances, and clout. While Komen's power has long inspired mixed emotions among other breast cancer groups, the grassroots remained loyal - at least until this week, when Komen announced it would stop funding Planned Parenthood's breast-cancer-screening efforts. Komen reversed itself Friday, but only after blistering outrage from legions of people who Race for the Cure or buy pink-ribbon products.
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February 3, 2012 | INQUIRER STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
NEW YORK - After three days of controversy, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity says it is reversing its decision to cut breast-screening grants to Planned Parenthood. "We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives," a Komen statement said. As first reported by the Associated Press on Tuesday, Komen had adopted criteria excluding Planned Parenthood from grants because it was under government investigation, notably a probe launched in Congress at the urging of antiabortion groups.
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February 3, 2012 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Susan G. Komen foundation, a behemoth in breast cancer philanthropy and creator of the immensely successful Race for the Cure brand, is battling a public-relations debacle. Within hours of Tuesday's news that Komen would stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood for breast health services, donations began pouring in to the family planning organization while pink-ribbon crusaders vowed to cut Komen off. Komen founder Nancy Brinker appeared on YouTube to reiterate that the nonprofit was making its grant process more rigorous, and denouncing the "scurrilous accusations being hurled at this organization.
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February 3, 2012
PLANNED Parenthood has been under fierce attack by ultra-conservatives for years now, with outrageous allegations which have been proved false repeatedly but which have gained astonishing traction because the news media failed to do their job and many supposed defenders of women's rights were timid in the face of the onslaught. Maybe that's why the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation - the pink ribbon and teddy bear and "Race for the Cure" people - thought it would be believed when it claimed that its decision to cut a $680,000 grant to Planned Parenthood for breast exams and mammograms had nothing to do with political pressure from anti-abortion zealots.
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February 1, 2012 | By DAVID CRARY, Associated Press
NEW YORK - The nation's leading breast-cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is halting its partnerships with Planned Parenthood affiliates - creating a bitter rift, linked to the abortion debate, between two iconic organizations that have assisted millions of women. The change will mean a cutoff of hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants, mainly for breast exams. Planned Parenthood says the move results from Komen bowing to pressure from anti-abortion activists.
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November 27, 2011 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Best fight on TV this month? The Pacquiao vs. Marquez PPV boxing match? The dos Santos-Velasquez UFC title match on Fox? For our money it was this week's Braverman vs. Braverman throwdown on NBC's Parenthood . In this domestic demolition derby, Kristina (Monica Potter) decimated her husband Adam (Peter Krause) when she found out he hadn't been entirely honest about that gorgeous young receptionist he hired. Adam got off relatively easy. The week before, Kristina gave a boy she thought was picking on her son Max a verbal lashing so severe, you could practically feel the kid's growth spurt reversing itself.
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October 16, 2011 | By Cecile Richards
This month, Planned Parenthood turns 95, and we've never looked better. Earlier this year, Americans from all walks of life - and all political parties - gave us the best birthday present ever: a drink from the fountain of youth. When Planned Parenthood's ability to provide health care was under grave attack from congressional leaders in the spring, more than one million people stood up to defend the essential health care provided by nonprofit Planned Parenthood health centers in communities throughout this country.
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