Toot Toot! All Aboard the Crazy Train! Congress Has Big Plans for Planned Parenthood

All aboard the Unbelievable Waste of Time Express as it departs the station for an indeterminate, never-to-be-reached destination: the House is preparing a resolution to convene a special subcommittee to “investigate” Planned Parenthood. They’ll be in there however long it takes, which will be forever. »10/06/15 4:45pmYesterday 4:45pm

The Daily Show Wonders 'How Are Republicans Pro-Life and Pro-Guns?'

On Monday night, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah parsed how far-right Republicans are simultaneously pro-life and pro-guns. How can one be so upset about when life begins but so blasé about when it ends by doing little to restrict access to dangerous weapons? It boggles the mind! »10/06/15 1:45pmYesterday 1:45pm

Congressman Accused of Paying Staffer For Months After He Was Dismissed for Sexual Harassment 

North Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Meadows, currently one of the people leading the charge to defund Planned Parenthood, is accused of paying his chief of staff for months after multiple women complained they were being sexually harassed by the man. The chief, Kenny West, was first banned from the… »10/05/15 5:17pmMonday 5:17pm

Anti-Abortion Groups Exploit Video of Probable Miscarriage to Prove Carly Fiorina Isn't Lying

Carly Fiorina is still baldly insisting that she saw a very specific thing in the sting videos against Planned Parenthood: “A fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.” That video doesn’t exist. Now, anti-abortion groups are… »10/01/15 10:43amThursday 10:43am

Quick Question: Did This Republican Congressman Wink at Cecile Richards?

Earlier today, Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards testified before the House Oversight Committee. The hearing was infuriating for a number of reasons, but it was perhaps congressional Republicans’ treatment of Richards that was most appalling. Richards was interrupted on multiple… »9/29/15 9:45pm9/29/15 9:45pm

Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown Donated $1M to Planned Parenthood

Author Daniel Handler (more widely known as The Series of Unfortunate Events’ Lemony Snicket) and illustrator/artist Lisa Brown, a married couple, have generously pledged to donate a whopping $1 million to Planned Parenthood, just as it’s being threatened with a loss of funding from the federal government. »9/29/15 3:00pm9/29/15 3:00pm

Cecile Richards to House Oversight Committee: You're Not 'Trying to Get to the Truth'

Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards testified Tuesday morning before the Republican-controlled House Oversight Committee. The majority of the committee was interested in “investigating” Planned Parenthood’s federal funding, and also in letting the public know they think abortion is bad… »9/29/15 11:00am9/29/15 11:00am

Carly Fiorina, Still Lying About Planned Parenthood Videos, Is Head of a Group that Donated to Abortion Charity

Carly Fiorina continues to insist that a non-existent video shot at Planned Parenthood definitely exists, one that shows “a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.” In the meantime, BuzzFeed News discovered that a… »9/28/15 12:55pm9/28/15 12:55pm

John Boehner Promises No Government Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood 

John Boehner, officially in the IDGAF phase of his career, said this morning that there will be no government shutdown at the end of the month. “I expect my Democratic colleagues want to keep the government open as much as I do,” Boehner said during an appearance on Face the Nation. “The Senate is expected to pass a… »9/27/15 2:00pm9/27/15 2:00pm

Inside The Religious Right's Battle To Bring Down Planned Parenthood

The fate of Planned Parenthood has been in the hands of irritable men and a few irritable women as congressional Republicans continue to push for its defunding, most recently threatening a government shutdown. However, the gang here at the Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C. is not stressed about it — the question… »9/26/15 5:31pm9/26/15 5:31pm

Ohio Revokes Licenses of Two Abortion Clinics Including Cincinnati's Only Clinic  

Ohio health officials announced on Friday that it will revoke the licenses of two abortion clinics in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas. The two clinics, Women’s Med Center in Kettering and Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio, are the only two abortion clinics in the region. The clinics serve roughly 480,000 women. »9/26/15 2:30pm9/26/15 2:30pm

Carly Fiorina's Planned Parenthood Video Still Doesn't Exist, So Her Super PAC Made One 

Carly Fiorina is still taking heat for concocting a non-existent Planned Parenthood video during the second GOP debate, one she insisted showed, “a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.” Planned Parenthood released a… »9/24/15 12:00pm9/24/15 12:00pm

Senate Blocks 20-Week Abortion Ban Bill, But Republican Political Theater Continues Apace

The Senate has voted down a bill that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks. This is good news. It’s also part of an elaborate build-up of infuriating political theater that will result in Congressional Republicans throwing a tantrum next week and shutting the government down over abortion. »9/22/15 3:35pm9/22/15 3:35pm

Marco Rubio Backs Off Suggestion That Women 'Look Forward' to Their Lucrative Abortions

Florida Senator and presidential candidate Marco Rubio sat down this weekend for a lengthy interview with KCCI News 8, a CBS affiliate in Iowa. Within that interview, he suggested that someone is selling and profiting from aborted fetal tissue. But, uh, who? Who’s doing that? Follow us in this nightmare of a sentence… »9/21/15 5:50pm9/21/15 5:50pm

Group Targeting Planned Parenthood Cannot Plead Fifth, Must Turn Over Evidence 

Yesterday, a U. S. District Court in Northern California ruled that the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), the group that has released “sting” videos targeting Planned Parenthood, must turn over evidence. The Hill reports: “Judge William Orrick said in a hearing that the Center for Medical Progress must comply with… »9/19/15 3:00pm9/19/15 3:00pm

The House Has Voted to Defund Planned Parenthood, Could Lead to a Government Shutdown

In a vote of 241-187, the House of Representatives has voted to halt funding to Planned Parenthood for a full year in order to investigate supposed “wrong-doing” and “harvesting” of fetal organs by the women’s healthcare provider. 239 Republicans and two democrats voted in favor of defunding, while three Republicans… »9/18/15 2:15pm9/18/15 2:15pm