November 1, 2013 — Our video roundup includes a unique assortment of Web videos hand-picked by our editors. This week, we feature interviews with National Organization for Women President Terry O'Neill and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards.
In an interview with MSNBC's Thomas Roberts, National Organization for Women President Terry O'Neill calls a judge's decision to block parts of a Texas antiabortion law "a very very small victory" that is just the "first step in trying to gain back women's access to health care." O'Neill notes that Texas lawmakers have enacted "a whole ... array of attacks on women's access to reproductive health care services" in recent years. Although they have framed the restrictions as a way to reduce abortions, state restrictions have "shut down clinics that provide birth control, and breast exams" and other vital services. She also points out that "there's no aspect of men's reproductive health that is attacked by these politicians" (Roberts, "MSNBC Live," MSNBC, 10/29).
As part of Politico's "Women Rule" series, Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards discusses how the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) benefits women. She calls the ACA "the single biggest advance for women's health" in her lifetime, noting that 27 million women are already benefiting from improved coverage of preventive care services and provisions that bar insurers from charging women higher premiums than men for the same health care services ("Women Rule," Politico, 10/22).