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Women’s Rights

Myth: Many Americans believe Planned Parenthood is essentially an abortion mill.
Fact: Abortions account for around 3% of the services performed by Planned Parenthood, but more than a third of their service is contraception, which reduces unwanted pregnancies—and abortions.

Myth: Many Americans believe abortion clinics use tax money for abortions.
Fact: The Hyde Amendment expressly forbids the use of government funds for abortions.

Roe v. Wade was a controversial decision, and the controversy has only grown ever since. Many Americans, even pro-choice advocates, have a sincere interest in reducing the number of abortions.

But misinformation is keeping the conversation from civility. A considerable number of Americans believe that abortion providers, particularly Planned Parenthood, are abortion mills, using tax money to murder unborn children. Some even believe that these organizations take advantage of an underground market for body parts to profit from access to vulnerable babies.

Where are the manufactured scandals, and where is the truth? When does regulating healthcare cross the line into denying women their basic rights? And, perhaps most importantly, how can we have a fact-based conversation around such a heated issue?

Arkansas Outlaws Pill-Induced Abortions

Arkansas Outlaws Pill-Induced Abortions

“Arkansas is now shamefully responsible for being the first state to ban medication abortion,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “This dangerous law also immediately ends access to safe, legal abortion at all but one health center in the state.”

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Anti-Abortion Laws: Class Warfare?

Anti-Abortion Laws: Class Warfare?

A recent article shows that anti-abortion laws do more harm than good, especially for poor women. Restricting access to safe and legal abortions does very little to deter them. Instead, it makes women less safe and it hurts our economy by keeping mothers entrenched in poverty.

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Understanding Sweden’s Rape Debate

Understanding Sweden’s Rape Debate

Over the last two months, three gang rapes took place in Malmö, the capitol city of Sweden. Street protests erupted, with activists criticizing the police’s response and demanding better accountability from elected officials. With a general election on the horizon,...

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The Abortion Scourge?

The Abortion Scourge?

Myth: Many Americans believe Planned Parenthood is essentially an abortion mill. Fact: Abortions account for around 3% of the services performed by Planned Parenthood, but more than a third of their service is contraception, which reduces unwanted pregnancies—and...

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