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Court affirms OOR ruling, Real Alternatives does not have to disclose service provider agreements

BY: - July 19, 2022

In the final decision, Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon wrote that Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law “does not reach all records in possession of a private contractor that relate to the governmental function; rather, the records reached are only those that relate to performance of that function.”

Attorneys for Equity Forward, Real Alternatives make their arguments in court over open records

BY: - March 7, 2022

“This is not DHS’s money,” Voss, of Philadelphia-based Kleinbard LLC, told the court, noting that service providers are free to use state grant funding however they please, including by giving it back to Real Alternatives, if they choose.

Court date set for watchdog group, anti-abortion group in years-long battle for records

BY: - February 27, 2022

Oral arguments in the case pitting watchdog and reproductive rights group Equity Forward against Real Alternatives, a Harrisburg-based contractor that’s received tens of millions of dollars in public funding, are set to begin March 7 in Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court.

Despite transparency and privacy concerns, anti-abortion group continues to receive taxpayer dollars

BY: - July 10, 2020

At issue is whether Harrisburg-based Real Alternatives, which bills itself as “empowering women for life,” when it comes to their reproductive choices, has shared protected medical information, and misused taxpayer money to expand its operations in two other states. 

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Anti-abortion group must explain how it’s spending million of dollars of your money, Open Records Office rules | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 30, 2020

Crisis pregnancy" group Real Alternatives has received $45M in your money over the last eight years. It's been ordered to open its books.

In Philly for NetRoots Nation, AG Shapiro faces protesters upset over Philly gun law change

BY: - July 12, 2019

Shapiro was speaking alongside Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Delaware Attorney General on Day 2 of this year's NetRoots Nation conference when an audience member seized the microphone jumped in to pointedly question the Montgomery County Democrat about the law.

Protesters target Michigan operation of Pennsylvania anti-abortion group

BY: - May 29, 2019

By Derek Robertson A Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit is blanketing this week’s Mackinac Policy Conference with accusations that a family planning group opposed to abortion is misusing state taxpayer dollars. The nonprofit Equity Forward is accusing that group, Harrisburg-based Real Alternatives, of waste and misattribution of funds in its partnership with Michigan, which began in 2013 […]

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The hugely important court fight over abortion rights you’re not hearing about is right here in Pa. | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 8, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court is getting all the attention. But here's another reason why the states are critically important to the abortion rights fight too.