National Partnership for Women & Families

2017 will be a big year for reproductive rights. Here’s what will happen, and what’s at stake.

Vox, January 6, 2017

“Advocates for reproductive health and rights are bracing for a big fight as soon as [President-elect] Donald Trump takes office.”

Planned Parenthood would lose funding as part of Obamacare repeal, Ryan says

The Washington Post, January 5, 2017

“Republicans plan to strip Planned Parenthood of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding as part of their rapid push to repeal President Obama’s health-care overhaul, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said. … A defunding measure would appear in a special fast-track bill that is expected to pass Congress as soon as next month.”

IUD Demand Has Risen 900 Percent Since the Election, Planned Parenthood Says

Slate, January 10, 2017

“Planned Parenthood has seen a 900 percent increase in demand for intrauterine devices since Donald Trump’s election, the organization reports. President Cecile Richards [said] … that women are ‘desperately concerned that they might lose their access to health care’ after Inauguration Day, so they’re preparing their bodies with a contraceptive device that could outlast a Trump presidency.”

Reproductive Rights Defenders Promise ‘Good Trouble’ in 2017

Rewire, January 7, 2017

All* Above All and its member organizations this week launched ‘We Will Be BOLD. We Won’t Be PUNISHED,’ a[n] … advertising campaign to raise awareness of the oppressive agenda descending on the Capitol. The campaign represents an important step toward mobilizing broad resistance.”

ACLU challenges Kentucky’s new ultrasound abortion law

Los Angeles Times, January 9, 2017

“Fighting back against the Republican majority in Kentucky’s Legislature, abortion rights supporters filed a federal lawsuit … aimed at blocking a new state law that requires women to get an ultrasound and have the fetal images described to them before having an abortion. … Lawmakers also voted to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy unless the life of the mother is in danger.”

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It



Debra Ness, publisher & president, National Partnership

Sarah Lipton-Lubet, associate editor & director of reproductive health programs, National Partnership

Jessi Leigh Swenson, associate editor & senior policy counsel, National Partnership

Lauren McCulloch, associate editor & women’s law & public policy fellow, National Partnership

Aliya Bean, assistant editor & reproductive health program assistant, National Partnership

Jess Oxley, assistant editor & digital advocacy specialist, National Partnership

Lauren Sogor, assistant editor & health communications manager, National Partnership

Jennifer Taylor, assistant editor & communications assistant, National Partnership

Tucker Ball, chief digital officer, National Partnership


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