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Court case could impact transparency, public scrutiny of certain organizations that get state funding // 90.5 WESA

March 2, 2022 News Article

Miller explains that Equity Forward is seeking documentation to find out how state funds provided to Real Alternatives is being spent and if it’s leaving the state. She reports that Equity Forward is looking to review “secondary agreements between Real Alternatives and its service provider...

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Court date set for watchdog group, anti-abortion group in years-long battle for records // Penn Capital-Star

February 28, 2022 News Article

While documents shed some light on Real Alternatives’ operations, Equity Forward is continuing its legal battle with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, the state entity which oversees Real Alternatives, appealing a prior court decision to block Equity Forward from reviewing secondary...

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Anti-abortion movement's big plan: Supercharged "crisis pregnancy centers" and data harvesting |

February 12, 2022 News Article

Molly Bangs, director of the reproductive rights group Equity Forward, says that as anti-abortion state politicians replicate "Alternatives to Abortion" initiatives across the country, "we are repeatedly and widely seeing the most concerning aspects of these programs." Chief among those concerns...

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Millions in tax dollars flow to anti-abortion centers in US | AP News

February 5, 2022 News Article

The Campaign for Accountability, a Washington-based watchdog organization, has launched multiple complaints against Real Alternatives, including allegations that the group failed to meet its own goals and misspent taxpayer money.

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Public Funding Is Pouring Into Texas’ Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers While Abortion Access Hangs in the Balance

February 1, 2022 News Article

“Texas stands as the national leader of diverting these resources—meant to help low-income people—to centers that are designed to deceive,” said Molly Bangs, Equity Forward’s director. “And to add insult to injury, we know that CPCs often target low-income individuals—folks that TANF dollars are...

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Public Funding Is Pouring Into Texas' Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers While Abortion Access Hangs in the Balance – Mother Jones

February 1, 2022 News Article

Of the 10 states across the US funneling TANF funds to A2A programs, Texas is categorized as “the largest offender,” allocating the highest amount, a 2021 report from Equity Forward, a reproductive rights-focused research group, found.

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Experts Say Crisis Pregnancy Centers Could Spy On And Report Women Seeking An Abortion

January 28, 2022 News Article

‘Alternatives to abortion’ programs have ballooned over recent years into these multimillion-dollar enterprises that are funded in some cases almost exclusively with tax dollars,” said Molly Bangs, director of Equity Forward.

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Pennsylvania uses taxpayer money to fund Real Alternatives, an antiabortion organization

October 25, 2021 News Article

"Equity Forward, a national reproductive-rights group, has sued DHS for records related to Real Alternatives’ contracts. That effort is still in the courts. A DHS spokesperson said it’s resolved the issue of 3% offsets in an agreement with Real Alternatives. But, Equity Forward said, it’s...

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‘Constant chipping away at our reproductive rights’: Advocates slam funding for crisis pregnancy centers in House budget

September 21, 2021 News Article

"North Carolina was also one of 10 states that used money from the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, known colloquially as welfare, to fund crisis pregnancy centers, The Guardian first reported based on investigative research by the accountability group Equity...

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What the Texas abortion ban means for Pennsylvania

September 20, 2021 News Article

“Abortions have always happened and always will. We have to continue doing this ourselves because the state will not save us,” says Elicia Gonzales, executive director of Women’s Medical Fund, a Philly-based organization that helps people living in poverty access abortion care. “If anything, we...

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