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The President and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Albany writer and activist Barbara Smith are the featured guests at an event today in Albany in support of the Upper Hudson chapter of Planned Parenthood. The women's leadership circle luncheon at the Albany Hilton is part of a fundraising effort by Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood and its President Chelly Hegan, who joined Cecile Richards on the phone in advance of the event. Richards commented on the importance of a recent U.S Supreme Court ruling against Texas laws regulation.

New York state troopers are advising Planned Parenthood clinics statewide on security and emergency planning in the wake of Friday's deadly attack at a clinic in Colorado.

Anyone who enjoys trivia probably knows that Humphry Bogart never actually says “Play it again, Sam” in Casablanca, and Captain Kirk never says “Beam me up, Scotty” in Star Trek. But what about these quotes: Cleanliness is next to godliness. God works in mysterious ways. For years many people have assumed these came from the bible. Spoiler alert – they don’t. Or at least they didn’t.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about the lost book of Hezekiah that finally gives a home to those phantom biblical ditties.

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New Hampshire police say an intruder used a hatchet to destroy computers, plumbing fixtures, phones and medical equipment inside a Planned Parenthood clinic.

  After many years in front of the camera acting for the likes of Brian DePalma, Quentin Tarantino, Wes Craven, Robert Rodriquez, among many others, Rose McGowan has turned her eye to directing.

She premiered her directorial debut, the short film, Dawn at the Sundance Film Festival. It garnered not only critical praise, but a Grand Jury Prize nomination and qualified for the Academy Awards. McGowan is now preparing for her feature length debut.

She will appear with Anne Hubbell, Leah Meyerhoff, in the Woodstock Film Festival's Women in Film and Media Panel entitled Enough, Already! Changing the Status of Women in Film and Television moderated by Alexis Alexanian.

  On October Second Kathleen Turner will be in town to attend the Legacy of Choice Celebration and to receive the 2015 Giraffe Award for sticking her neck out to support reproductive choice and freedom. 

  Historian Jill Lepore was researching an article for The New Yorker on the history of Planned Parenthood and a paper on the history of evidence when she discovered that both were connected to comic book hero - Wonder Woman. That led to her new book: The Secret History of Wonder Woman.

  Forty years after the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, “abortion” is still a word that is said with outright hostility by many, despite the fact that one in three American women will have terminated at least one pregnancy by menopause. Even those who support a woman’s right to an abortion often qualify their support by saying abortion is a “bad thing,” an “agonizing decision,” making the medical procedure so remote and radioactive that it takes it out of the world of the everyday, turning an act that is normal and necessary into something shameful and secretive.

In Pro, Katha Pollitt takes on the personhood argument, reaffirms the priority of a woman’s life and health, and discusses why terminating a pregnancy can be a force for good for women, families, and society.

    Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood will present comedian Susie Essman with their inaugural Giraffe Award for sticking out her neck to defend abortion and reproductive rights. The 31-year standup comedy veteran has played Susie Greene for all eight seasons of the hit HBO comedy series, Curb Your Enthusiasm.

About 200 guests will attend Thursday Night’s 80 Years of Choice Celebration and hear Essman share why she supports Planned Parenthood. Our good friend Susie Essman joins us this morning along with Chelly Hegan, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood’s President/CEO.

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City councilors in Plattsburgh reversed themselves this week and approved a compromise that will allow a prayer vigil in front of Planned Parenthood on Good Friday.

In February of last year, Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke testified before Congress regarding religious exemptions to the birth control coverage in the Affordable Care Act.

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In July 2012, the city of Burlington, Vermont passed an ordinance creating a 35-foot buffer zone around reproductive health facilities in the city. Six women who regularly gather to pray and protest at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England sued the city, and their lawyer is seeking records from Planned
Parenthood. But the organization says the request is intrusive and irrelevant to the court case.

Co-creator of The Daily Show, Lizz Winstead will be the featured speaker at Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson’s Annual Celebration tonight.

Her stop in Saratoga Springs is part of her nationwide, stand-up tour “Planned Parenthood, I Am Here For You!” She began this tour to fight back against an increasing number of attacks against Planned Parenthood, which she, like many other women, has relied upon for health care during her life.

Planned Parenthood is launching a TV ad campaign in three battleground states suggesting that women's rights would suffer if Republican Mitt Romney is elected president. The political arm of the women's health care organization has endorsed Democratic President Barack Obama for re-election. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has details…

The group announced Wednesday, a day after Romney claimed the GOP presidential nomination, that it would spend $1.4 million to air its ad in Florida, Iowa and Virginia, as well as Washington, D.C.