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Thursday, September 07, 2017

Lasker Prize for Planned Parenthood

- Hillary speaking at Planned Parenthood Action Fund membership event in 2016

Lasker Prizes Go to Planned Parenthood and Developers of HPV Vaccine

One of the nation’s most prestigious prizes in medicine will go to Planned Parenthood and two scientists who played a crucial role in developing the vaccine to combat HPV, a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer. A third honor will go to a Swiss molecular biologist, who made a groundbreaking discovery about cell growth .... The citation for the Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award credits Planned Parenthood “for providing essential health services and reproductive care to millions of women for more than a century” and for helping “men as well.”

The award takes the Laskers, usually known for honoring groundbreaking scientific advances and humanitarian efforts, into more political territory. Planned Parenthood is facing escalating threats from President Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress to block the organization from receiving Medicaid reimbursements, a move that could severely eat into its operating budget ....

I must have mentioned before that I spent a summer during college as a volunteer at a local Planned Parenthood. It was a good place with good people, and not the creepy place pro-lifers depict ... I spent my time there answering phoned in questions about birth control and later as an aid in the vasectomy clinic. Planned Parenthood is now one of the few places left where women can get full reproductive care that includes abortion.


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