June 7, 2012 — The following summarizes select women's health-related videos.
Sex-selective abortion bill : On MSNBC's "Hardball," Reps. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) debate a failed House bill (HR 3541) that would have banned abortion based on the sex of the fetus. "Republicans on one hand want to say there's no war on women, and yet every week there's some new measure to ban abortion, to end family planning," Edwards says. The bill "is finding a problem that really ... doesn't exist in this country to merit [this] level of national policy," she adds. Host Chris Matthews questions the motives of the bill's supporters and pressures Stearns on whether he believes women should be punished for seeking abortion care (Matthews, "Hardball," MSNBC, 6/1).
History of family planning: In its latest installment on the battle over family planning in Texas, the Texas Tribune examines the historical role of the government in funding family planning. Government-subsidized family planning "wasn't always a partisan effort," the video notes, but by the late 1980s, "family planning had started to become synonymous with abortion" for many conservatives. The battle reached a fever pitch in Texas this year, with Planned Parenthood taking the state to court over its efforts to exclude the organization from its Medicaid Women's Health Program (Tan, Texas Tribune, 5/31).
Debra Ness, publisher & president, National Partnership
Andrea Friedman, associate editor & director of reproductive health programs, National Partnership
Marya Torrez, associate editor & senior reproductive health policy counsel, National Partnership
Melissa Safford, associate editor & policy advocate for reproductive health, National Partnership
Perry Sacks, assistant editor & health program associate, National Partnership
Cindy Romero, assistant editor & communications assistant, National Partnership
Justyn Ware, editor
Amanda Wolfe, editor-in-chief
Heather Drost, Hanna Jaquith, Marcelle Maginnis, Ashley Marchand and Michelle Stuckey, staff writers
Tucker Ball, director of new media, National Partnership