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Elizabeth Ziff
They – this administration – are coming for all of it, the morning-after pill, birth control, abortion, all of it. Women will suffer if we aren't willing to take radical steps. And that includes learning how to perform abortions.feedback
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Apr 22 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Abortion. 220 people are quoted and you can read 342 citations of them about Abortion. Donald J. Trump, Pope Francis, Jennifer Dalven and Marjorie Dannenfelser, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Donald J. Trump said: “As I said throughout the campaign, I am pro-life and I am deeply committed to investing in women's health and plan to significantly increase federal funding in support of nonabortion services such as cancer screenings. Millions and millions of women – cervical cancer, breast cancer – are helped by Planned Parenthood. I would defund it because I'm pro-life, but millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood.”.
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Paul Ryan

Taxpayers should not be forced to fund abortion, plain and simple. We remain united and steadfast in our commitment to life and religious liberty.feedback

Dawn Laguens - Planned Parenthood Federation of America

People are sick and tired of politicians making it even harder for them to access health care, and this bill is just the latest example. Planned Parenthood strongly opposes President Trump's willingness to undermine millions of women's access to birth control through the Title X family planning program. Four million people depend on the Title X family planning program, and by signing this bill, President Trump disregards their health and well-being.feedback

Jordan Gray

There's no middle line for abortion. You are either a supporter of abortion or you're not.feedback

Brian Johnson

A generation's time and place is defined by the debates they have. So, for example, we have civil rights and human rights and marriage rights and abortion rights. I think the coming discussion for our society will be evolution rights. I think we will see the same thing happen as we gain more powerful forms of enhancements in genetics and neurological enhancement and physical augmentation.feedback

Wayne Flynt

If you are a politician in Alabama, you are against abortion, you are against homosexual marriage, you are a practicing Evangelical Christian, you always run on family values. For many people it goes without saying that if you're a politician, you're going to take a little off the top. And it's not just Republicans like Bentley, it's Democrats too. It's how so many white Evangelicals were able to justify voting for Donald Trump.feedback

Kerry Washington

I said, Go ahead, alter the scene. We'll just have a lot of articles about how you altered the scene,' . We had done an abortion on a military woman who had been raped earlier on, and we were doing nothing different than we did in that scene – they just didn't like that it was happening to Olivia. It was a Christmas episode, and we played Christmas music.feedback

Guillermo Díaz

Shonda cast me in this role of a former trained killer who has a wife and a child, and Shonda [knew I was gay]. She talks a lot about normalizing things, and Cyrus and James adopting helps the world at large start to see that there's no issue.feedback

Dan Bucatinsky

It was the most refreshing, modern, subversive way of letting an audience know that a character was gay.feedback

Shonda Rhimes

She could talk Washington more than I could talk Washington. She was different than what I originally envisioned. We were all like, Oh my God,' because she's tiny, cute, pretty and younger – and because she was all those things, she was aware that people would underestimate her. There were 10 people on the call, and my actual words were, In episode six or seven, this woman is going to have sex with the president in the Oval Office on the desk. So if everyone can't get behind that, then we shouldn't make this show,' . They all gasped.feedback

Linda Lowy

The network was reading us their top choices, and it was Connie [Britton] and all white women. I panicked. Somebody finally piped up, We're going to have to redo this list.' . It was Kerry from the moment I took her to meet Shonda.feedback

Bellamy Young

I don't think abortion had ever been presented as an emancipated woman's option before. And it's set to 'Silent Night.' The balls to pick that song. I wanted to make sure Aretha knew what the scene was about. Her people said I was fine and to stop asking. It made me love her forever because then I could be like, Aretha Franklin, who sings a lot of gospel music, is very supportive of this.feedback

Tony Goldwyn

I'd known Shonda from Grey's and Private [Practice], and Kerry and I had been friendly. The combination of the two I couldn't pass up. We were all very upset; we'd worked hard to get Hillary elected.feedback

Willie Parker

On that day, I decided to exercise Christian compassion not by proxy, but with my own capable hands.feedback

Elizabeth Wydra

With a Justice Garland, the right for women to choose an abortion and exercise equal citizenship would have been comfortably protected. The ability of agencies to safeguard clean air and water, civil rights and workplace safety would be less threatened. Gay men and lesbians would rest secure in their marriages and not feel vulnerable to discrimination based on who they love.feedback

Neil Gorsuch

Senator, he has no idea how I'd rule in that case. And, Senator, I'm not going to say anything here that would give anybody any idea how I'd rule in any case like that that could come before the supreme court.feedback

Neil Gorsuch

To act intentionally against life is to suggest that its value rests only on its transient instrumental usefulness for other ends … All human beings are intrinsically valuable, and the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong. Congress could have written the law differently than it did, and it is always free to rewrite the law when it wishes. But in our legal order it is the role of the courts to apply the law as it is written, not some different law Congress might have written in the past or might write in the future.feedback

Elizabeth Nash - Guttmacher Institute

Texas is one of the most active states in the current legislative session in terms of abortion restrictions.feedback

Maura Healey

This settlement will help ensure that consumers in Massachusetts do not have to worry about being targeted by advertisers when they seek medical care.feedback

Abbi Sigler

Though the attacks may change over the years, Ed's position has not.feedback

Tarina Keene

It's pretty shocking for anybody to say that. This does seem to be a new position and a much farther, extreme position for a major canidate to take, especially in a state that has gone from red to purple to blue and has suffered the consequences from being overly anti-women's health and rights.feedback

Latanya Mapp Frett - Planned Parenthood

Instead of helping women, extreme politicians are cutting off access to the U.N. agency that's best positioned to prevent and reform coercive reproductive health practices. Withdrawing U.S. support will have a devastating impact on UNFPA, and hurts the lives of the women, men, and young people they serve.feedback

Brian Dixon

Today's action is just another assault on their freedom, their autonomy and their empowerment.feedback

Karen Stenner

The aggregate result of activating this dynamic will be deeply intensified value conflict across the tolerance domain, sharply polarized politics, and enormously increased demands upon the polity: for greater and lesser discrimination against minorities and restrictions on immigration; for more and fewer limits on free speech, assembly, and association; for stricter and softer policies on common rites, abortion, censorship, and homosexuality; for harsher and more lenient punishment.feedback

Ken Falk - American Civil Liberties Union

This is a major victory for women in the state. It's a major victory for Planned Parenthood.feedback

Anne Scanlan

Unfortunately a whole swathe of briefing papers have been moved from the old website without being adequately checked.feedback

Anne Scanlan

We offer help and support to women. We certainly don't want anything on the website that's offensive. We are not going to shy away from it: we are an anti-abortion organisation. But I was genuinely surprised to find out that language was being used on our website.feedback

Anne Scanlan

Where inappropriate language was used, we will amend it or remove it.feedback

Anne Scanlan

I cannot believe we use that terminology at all, we would absolutely never use that kind of language face to face when dealing with women.feedback

Ann Furedi

They say very clearly on their website that abortion is always wrong. They say there is never a good reason for it. In terms of rape they say that abortion is a death penalty on an unborn child. That is what you say Anne on your website. My point is that you cannot be saying on one hand that you provide unbiased and non-judgemental approach to dealing with women when this is the ideological motivation for your organisation. You'll find it on the homepage of your website where it explains about your organisation.feedback

Helen T. Verongos

What Ms. Tragos succeeds in illustrating is that if you take away the signs and listen to the stories, there is little difference between women on opposite sides of the debate.feedback

Cecile Richards

The goal here is they want to end access to safe and legal abortion in America, and the way they do that is by going after Planned Parenthood.feedback

Geoffrey R. Stone

Until the 1950s, the Supreme Court had little to say about the possible relevance of the Constitution to laws dealing with such issues as obscenity, contraception, abortion and homosexuality.feedback

Rita Sklar

It is an attempt to intimidate providers and make it more difficult for Arkansas women to access abortions. The underlying presumption is that women can't make decisions for themselves.feedback

Glenn R. Davis Jr.

I didn't start running on guns and abortion. I am as Republican as anyone else in this room. We're all going to protect those rights. But who is going to bring the passion to the moderates and get them back on our side, like Donald Trump did? Jobs and the economy are what crosses those lines. … That's what they're passionate about!feedback

Lourdes Rivera - Center for Reproductive Rights

Health-care providers should never be forced to investigate patients for the reasons behind their personal, private decisions. When a woman has made the decision to end a pregnancy, she needs high-quality health care, not an interrogation.feedback

Grace Howard

Informed consent is a vitally important part of ethical medical practice. But it is strange that in the case of abortion, as opposed to every other medical procedure, the information given to patients comes from lawmakers, not from doctors.feedback

Eric Segall

There is no doubt that he has given serious consideration to issues such as abortion, affirmative action and executive power. He should not promise how he would decide future cases, but he should be required to disclose his real views on these and other controversial constitutional questions. The American people have a right to know.feedback

Timothy Busch

We were headed down a path that was pretty dark with a Supreme Court decision redefining marriage. In the early weeks of this administration more has been done to address the biggest tragedy, the biggest catastrophe, and that is abortion. More has been done to benefit the causes of life, which is more important than anything we have in our society … Everything else is trumped by this issue of life.feedback

Ali Weinel

The information you want provided to every patient receiving an abortion already exists and can be given to any patient at any time with very little lead time. Abortion is legal, whether you like it or not, and this legislation will not prevent anyone who wants an abortion from getting one.feedback

James Owen

Northam has been a consistent champion and built his career on it. When he was a congressman, Perriello's vote for the Stupak amendment was a vote to limit women's access to basic health care. That's a pretty stark contrast in records.feedback

Tarina Keene

Women's reproductive health and rights is on the cusp, and we want this to be a referendum on Trump and his agenda.feedback

Tony Tinderholt

I'm embarrassed for Representative Farrar. Her attempt to compare to the abortion issue shows a lack of a basic understanding of human biology. I would recommend that she consider taking a high school biology class from a local public or charter school before filing another bill on the matter.feedback

Jessica Farrar

A lot of people find the bill funny. What's not funny are the obstacles that Texas women face every day, that were placed there by legislatures making it very difficult for them to access healthcare.feedback

Lou Cannon

Instead, it was believed that the abortion rights battle would be fought in state legislatures, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has suggested that the United States might be more accepting of abortion rights if that had happened. Beilenson told me he also believed this.feedback

Gretchen Borchelt

States would be faced with this choice: Do we get rid of our abortion coverage requirement, or deny state residents all the tax credits? It's putting states in a really terrible position. The language is disincentive and meant to discourage plans from covering abortions. No such plans exist. All those provisions work as a de facto ban on insurance coverage in every state with no real option to get it elsewhere.feedback

Adam Sonfield - Guttmacher Institute

There's no reason insurers would sell any plans that cover abortion because everyone would be wanting to use these tax credits.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

If I rule the world, one thing we would do to make the future better, would be the education of girls. Not just here in America, across the world. Because one woman succeed, world succeed. Thank you all very much for coming.feedback

Syndy Benjamin

In a way it's good that everyone is coming out and we're starting to get together. We are starting to become a nation that stands by each other. It's just sad that in this day and age it needs to happen still. But I'm just proud that everyone is out supporting and helping each other.feedback

Karolina Wieckiewicz

We protest against the ban on abortion and the ban on contraception – lack of access to contraception – but also the fact that we are not supported when we want to have children because the 'In vitro' IVF procedure is shut down and because of the fact that adoption procedures are very limited.feedback

Celine Bonnaire - Kering Foundation

In the US there has been the beginning of a conversation on NGOs that support abortion. And Poland has also tightened the rules on abortions.feedback

Donald J. Trump

As I said throughout the campaign, I am pro-life and I am deeply committed to investing in women's health and plan to significantly increase federal funding in support of nonabortion services such as cancer screenings. Millions and millions of women – cervical cancer, breast cancer – are helped by Planned Parenthood. I would defund it because I'm pro-life, but millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood.feedback

Klementyna Suchanow

If we only fight our own battles – if that is abortion in Poland, or femicide in South America – we are only fighting one finger of the giant. And we need to be taking down the giant, not the finger.feedback

Donald J. Trump

As I said throughout the campaign, I am pro-life and I am deeply committed to investing in women's health and plan to significantly increase federal funding in support of non-abortion services such as cancer screenings. Polling shows the majority of Americans oppose public funding for abortion, even those who identify as pro-choice. There is an opportunity for organizations to continue the important work they do in support of women's health, while not providing abortion services.feedback

Jeanne Shaheen

This directive ... has caused mass confusion among federal agencies and international relief organizations. While they wait for clarity from this administration, there's been a global chilling effect on life-saving work.feedback

Miroslav Separovic

It is not up to the Consitutional Court to rule when human life begins. The new law must define educational and preventive measures which would, in practice, make an abortion rather an exception..we think that this is a rational, balanced and just ruling.feedback

Kellyanne Conway

It's difficult for me to call myself a feminist in a classic sense because it seems to be very anti-male, and it certainly is very pro-abortion, and I'm neither anti-male or pro-abortion.feedback

Quetzali Cerezo

They thought this would be a good opportunity to come to Latin America for the first time to promote the decriminalisation and legalisation of abortion as a human right for women.feedback

Marleni Arias

It's a sin. Why don't you go to Holland and kill children over there? Go to Holland. Why come to Guatemala? We are already cursed enough in Guatemala, we don't need more.feedback

Ralph Reed - Faith and Freedom Coalition

Trump understands he would never have won without the strength of the evangelical vote. Those who favor liberal social policy are not likely to vote for Trump in any case. The voters in the middle won't cast their ballots based on abortion or transgender issues---they will vote on jobs, the economy and national security.feedback

Ken Paxton

No taxpayer in Texas should have to subsidize this repugnant and illegal conduct. We should never lose sight of the fact that, as long as abortion is legal in the United States, the potential for these types of horrors will continue.feedback

Erna Solberg

The government is increasing its support for family planning and safe abortion by 85 million Norwegian crowns ($10 million) compared with 2016.feedback

Erna Solberg

The government is increasing its support for family planning and safe abortion by 85 million Norwegian crowns ($10 million / £8.1 million) compared with 2016.feedback

Eric Scheidler

What's happening here is that these abortionists do not want to have to acknowledge the value of the life of the unborn child and the pain that those children experience.feedback

Leah Torres

I guess I'm breaking the law, but I don't know how to not break it because no one would tell me.feedback

Karrie Galloway

When politicians try to practice medicine, you don't get real medicine. And that's what we're dealing with.feedback

Norma McCorvey

I'm 100 percent pro-life. I don't believe in abortion even in an extreme situation. If the woman is impregnated by a rapist, it's still a child. You're not to act as your own God. My mom screamed, What did a lesbian know about raising a child?' I lost my child, and my home.feedback

Charles Perry

You would be almost remiss and neglectful, in my opinion, not to push that envelope going forward knowing what's coming up.feedback

Blake Rocap

The Supreme Court called them out on that. Because the avenue of lying about what is good women's health and safety is now foreclosed to them, they're now having to turn to other methods to make operating a practice difficult if not almost impossible.feedback

Bettey Maloney

When they're always counter picketing a clinic, the right wing, there is a majority of men always present. They harass women. Many times they'll call them murderers and everything like that. We have to meet them face to face.feedback

Carol Romeo

As long as that cell is replicating, it is alive. It's not a polyp to be removed like a cancerous growth. I don't think they're evil people. I truly don't think they understand. They see it as somebody interfering with their choice.feedback

Eric Scheidler

We have the wind in our sails. The election was a real benchmark. Pro-life voters were really a key constituency and the Trump administration has taken note.feedback

Kelley Robinson - Planned Parenthood

All across the country, Planned Parenthood supporters are taking it upon themselves to organize in their communities on their own. Saturday, and every day, Planned Parenthood advocates and activists show that they refuse to be intimidated and they won't back down.feedback

Isabella Lovin

If women don't have control over their bodies and their own fate it can have very serious consequences for global goals of gender rights and global poverty eradication.feedback

Marcus McEntire

For the record, I'm a pro-life candidate, but I also believe in fiscal responsibility.feedback

Tamya Cox

If anything, what I think we saw from the vote today is that legislators want to get to work, legislators want to fix our roads, make sure that all Oklahomans have access to health care. They don't want to have to continue to work on bills that are naturally going to end up in court.feedback

Jeffrey Rosen

His opinions stand out for his prose and analysis and he gets along really well with both sides. He has been careful not to say what he thinks about abortion or marriage equality.feedback

Lilianne Ploumen

Of course more money is needed. According to the signals we have been getting I am confident we will go far.feedback

Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook

This ban is harsher and broader than past orders by past presidents, because it covers every program that falls under global health assistance. That means it'll hurt more people. We don't have to guess–we know what this will do. The last time the global gag rule was in effect, research showed more women who lost access to contraception had unwanted pregnancies and abortion rates doubled.feedback

Sarah Lacy

Since November, I've heard one phrase uttered over and over by senior women in the Valley: 'Why isn't Sheryl saying anything about this? I understand that Sandberg is in a brutal position, but that is the thing about standing up for what's right. It only means anything when it's inconvenient.feedback

Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook

This week's executive order reinstating the global gag rule will make that work much harder. It bans health organizations around the world from providing counseling on all family planning options. If they refuse to abide by the ban, they could lose millions in funding from the United States. And this ban is harsher and broader than past orders by past presidents, because it covers every program that falls under global health assistance. That means it'll hurt more people. The best way to prevent abortion is through more family planning services, not fewer.feedback

Sam Sparks

It seems unlikely DSHS'S professed purpose is a valid state interest and not a pretext for restricting abortion access. By comparison, Plaintiffs face likely constitutional violations, which could severely limit abortion access in Texas.feedback

Kellyanne Conway

Steps away from here in the White House, a president and a vice president sit at their desks and make decisions for the nation. As they sit there, they stand here with you. Their impassioned defense of life as presidential candidates showed a nation that courage and commitment can overcome indifference and insults. Their decisive actions as president and vice president will further this cause.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The #MarchForLife is so important. To all of you marching --- you have my full support! A lot of people are gonna be showing up.feedback

Jeanne Mancini - Pro-Life

The horizon looked bleak for the pro-life movement. I don't identify as a Republican or a Democrat but I do vote pro-life.feedback

Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook

For the first time in our country's history, a woman was the nominee of a major party, and over 59 million Americans voted to put Hillary Clinton in the highest office in the land. Even though we fell short, that should make us all proud. We have real challenges to face as a country. The only answer I've ever known to facing any challenge is to work harder. Today we pledge as Americans to keep working for a better future for everyone. Today we recommit ourselves to leaning in.feedback

Jeanne Mancini - Pro-Life

There's been a lot of talk about numbers this past week. It's hard to add up so many numbers after 44 years because there have been a lot of us.feedback

Joi Hulecki

We don't want to judge them. We want to help them. We consider ourselves pro-women too.feedback

Ilyse Hogue

The vast majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade and support the legal right to abortion.feedback

Rita Sklar

The law puts an undue burden on a woman's constitutional right to obtain a second-trimester abortion, and I think the legislature knows it and doesn't care.feedback

Herman van Gelderen

Where decisions are taken that are bad for women in developing countries we should help those women. It's not about the politics, it's about those women.feedback

Carol Tobias - National Right to Life

For 40 years, the Hyde amendment has prevented the use of tax dollars from paying for abortion in the United States. It is inconsistent with the Hyde Amendment to fund, with taxpayer dollars, organizations that perform abortions and promote the killing of unborn children in other countries.feedback

Rachel Jones - Guttmacher Institute

Abortion restrictions and clinic closures mean that patients may need to travel greater distances to access services. While many find ways to access care despite these obstacles, some of the abortion rate decline is likely attributable to women who were prevented from accessing needed services.feedback

Daniel Zeno

The bill's intent is clear: To demonize abortion providers, set up an adversarial relationship between provider and patient, shame women and block access to reproductive health care.feedback

Jennifer Frizzell

No one should face violence, harassment, or threats when accessing safe, legal health care. New Hampshire women deserve safe passage when entering or exiting reproductive health care facilities. Yesterday's decision preserves the thoughtful law crafted by the (New Hampshire) legislature.feedback

Michael Tierney

An unconstitutional law shouldn't remain on the books just because abortionists haven't taken advantage of the power the law gives them to silence speech.feedback

James Lankford

A lot of the ongoing support in the structural finances for Planned Parenthood goes to build the buildings, the infrastructure that provides abortion.feedback

Dana Singiser

Today's Republican staff report once again demonstrates that this exercise was nothing more than a partisan attack on Planned Parenthood and women's access to safe and legal abortion.feedback

Amy Hagstrom Miller

I find the interference by the government into women's personal health decisions to be morally offensive.feedback

Katie Hill

Today's decision is a setback, but hopefully a temporary one, since all Americans – regardless of their sex, gender identity or sexual orientation – should have access to quality, affordable health care free from discrimination.feedback

Lena Dunham

She "would never, ever intentionally trivialize the emotional and physical challenges of terminating a pregnancy.feedback

Antonia Biggs

This research shows the information [policy makers] are mandating women receive [is] inaccurate and out of date. We don't have evidence that abortion leads women to have worse mental health.feedback

Jennifer Dalven - American Civil Liberties Union

Most of the time when we've had upticks in protesters, everything settles back down, but we haven't seen that happen since the election. I'm feeling that it's going to be here for a while.feedback

Camille Barbone

Their behavior has become incredibly more aggressive to the point we've had to call the police the last three to four weeks. There's much more condemnation than I've ever seen before. They're pushing cellphone cameras into patients' faces.feedback

Nikki Madsen

We're both under threat at the state and national level. With a Republican president, Republican-majority legislature and the potential for multiple Supreme Court appointments, in some ways we're entering uncharted territory.feedback

Cecile Richards

We are so grateful to this community across the country, and we will never stop fighting for them. We've stood defiant in the face of opposition for the last 100 years. We will never back down, and we will never stop providing the care our patients need. These doors stay open, no matter what.feedback

Vicki Saporta

You can't whip up a firestorm of hate and not think it has any consequences.feedback

Vicki Saporta

I think it's become more acceptable to espouse threats. You have a president-elect who is leading the way.feedback

Jennifer Dalven - American Civil Liberties Union

We will be working to get those voices out there to make sure politicians know what their constituents want.feedback

Troy Newman

Planned Parenthood's days of running amok over the laws of the land are nearly over. A new sheriff is coming to town and the era of old corrupt politicians who have shielded Planned Parenthood from the consequences of their illegal behavior is about to come to an end.feedback

Vicki Saporta

We are concerned if we have an AG who thinks Operation Rescue is a legitimate organization and takes cues from them versus understanding that the law is the law and it needs to be enforced.feedback

John Kasich

I agree with Ohio Right to Life and other leading pro-life advocates that [Senate Bill] 127 is the best, most legally sound and sustainable approach to protecting the sanctity of human life.feedback

Elizabeth Nash - Guttmacher Institute

Evidence matters and the evidence shows that there was no compelling public health interest for the measure.feedback

Nancy Northup - Center for Reproductive Rights

Whether in Oklahoma, Texas or elsewhere, allowing politicians to trample women's rights by shutting down clinics is not only wrong – it's dangerous. Today's decision is a victory for Oklahoma women and another rebuke to politicians pushing underhanded laws that attack a woman's constitutionally guaranteed right to safe, legal abortion.feedback

Joseph Watt

Under the guise of the protection of women's health, (the law) creates an undue burden on a woman's access to abortion, violating protected rights under our federal Constitution.feedback

Gabriel Mann

Passing both anti-abortion measures in a lame-duck session is political maneuvering by the Republican-dominated state legislature steered by Governor Kasich. John Kasich has a masters degree in political calculus.feedback

Kellie Copeland

This bill would effectively outlaw abortion and criminalize physicians that provide this care to their patients.feedback

Katie Franklin - Ohio Right to Life

We're very grateful to see that action is being taken on this facility, and we are hoping it will spare thousands of lives in Dayton in the long run.feedback

Jennifer Branch

Other ob/gyn's in the community saw what was going on and didn't want to be part of it. Since then, they've operated with three back-up doctors and haven't had any problems.feedback

Jaime Miracle

We will not let politics get in the way of health care.feedback

Jennifer Dalven - American Civil Liberties Union

We will use all the tools at our disposal - and that includes the courts - to ensure that folks' constitutional rights are protected.feedback

Raegan McDonald-Mosley - Planned Parenthood Federation of America

We are going to fight back state by state and law by law until every person has the right to pursue the life they want, including the right to decide to end a pregnancy. Individual rights and freedom go to the heart of who we are as a country, including the right to access safe and legal abortion.feedback

Raegan McDonald-Mosley - Planned Parenthood Federation of America

We're working to be prepared. We're going to provide care to our patients whether they have insurance or not.feedback

Marjorie Dannenfelser

They lost big at the ballot box, so now they're looking to the courts to undo the will of state legislatures. They realize the sense of urgency to head to the courts now knowing that the judicial landscape will change under a pro-life President Trump.feedback

Irena Como

A woman must be able to make health decisions at different points in her pregnancy that are best for her circumstances, including whether to end a pregnancy, without interference from politicians.feedback

Scott Roeder

I was really shocked about today. I was glad obviously to hear the sentence reduced, but I was looking forward to being another voice for the unborn – so I was disappointed in that respect.feedback

Julie Burkhart

Dr. Tiller's assassination most certainly left a hole in the reproductive rights movement, but we remain committed to this critical work in his honor and memory.feedback

Pope Francis

If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge him?feedback

Giovanna Chirri - Ansa

The pope is not at all turning back on important issues of faith, for example, he defines abortion as a sin. But the way this [sin] is looked at changes. He [the pope] says, in the Bible God is so full of mercy that no priest, no law, can be held up against a sinner if God decides to pardon them. This is something quite serious.feedback

Rino Fisichella

The sin of abortion is technically an expression that includes all the people who are involved in an abortion. Thus from the women to the nurse to the doctor and whoever supports this procedure. The sin of abortion is inclusive. Thus forgiveness for the sin of abortion is all-inclusive and extends to all those who are participants in this sin.feedback

Pope Francis

I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life. In the same way, however, I can and must state that there is no sin that God's mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father.feedback

Pope Francis

I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion. In the same way, however, I can and must state that there is no sin that God's mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father. May every priest, therefore, be a guide, support and comfort to penitents on this journey of special reconciliation.feedback

Pope Francis

Mercy cannot become a mere parenthesis in the life of the Church; it constitutes her very existence, through which the profound truths of the Gospel are made manifest and tangible. Everything is revealed in mercy; everything is resolved in the merciful love of the Father.feedback

Pope Francis

I ask you to be welcoming to all, witnesses of fatherly love whatever the gravity of the sin involved, attentive in helping penitents to reflect on the evil they have done, clear in presenting moral principles, willing to walk patiently beside the faithful on their penitential journey, farsighted in discerning individual cases and generous in dispensing God's forgiveness.feedback

Pope Francis

Lest any obstacle arise between the request for reconciliation and God's forgiveness, I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion. The provision I had made in this regard, limited to the duration of the extraordinary Holy Year, is hereby extended, notwithstanding anything to the contrary.feedback

David Grimes

If Roe were overturned, we would likely return to a patchwork quilt of laws, which would force women onto the road even more than at present.feedback

Laura Goodhue

A majority of Floridians support access to abortion, and don't want to see it go away.feedback

Nancy Northup - Center for Reproductive Rights

For many women, it's not possible to traverse across multiple state lines. This could have tragic consequences.feedback

Jennifer Dalven - American Civil Liberties Union

Is that the world we want, where women's ability to get the care she needs depends on her ability to go to another state?feedback

Vicki Saporta

It's not so easy to overturn Roe. Women in this country would not stand for it.feedback

Michael New - National Review

It would restart a serious debate about sanctity of life issues in the United States. This is a debate that pro-lifers welcome.feedback

Brigid Leahy - Planned Parenthood

Illinois is and should remain an oasis for abortion care, but we can't be complacent about that. I don't think our legislature is poised to pass a ban should Roe be overturned. But things can always change.feedback

Carol Tobias - National Right to Life

Our state affiliates have been working to pass laws, but they run up against Roe. If Roe were overturned, it would allow us to fight in each state.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I'm pro-life. The judges will be pro-life... They'll be pro-life, they'll be – in terms of the whole gun situation, we know the Second Amendment and everybody's talking about the Second Amendment and they're trying to dice it up and change it, they're going to be very pro-Second Amendment. But having to do with abortion if it ever were overturned, it would go back to the states.feedback

Randall K. O'Bannon - National Right to Life

What they did was make it more profitable. It will increase the pool of potential customers.feedback

Jennifer Gunter

The kinds of cases that fall at the end of pregnancy are often the most heartbreaking, painful decisions for families to make. I do not think the U.S. government should be stepping in and making those most personal of decisions.feedback

Jennifer Gunter

No doctor does abortions one or two or three days before term delivery. Ever.feedback

Marjorie Dannenfelser

For the first time Hillary Clinton was pressed to own up to the fact that there is not one circumstance in which she would protect the right to life of an unborn child.feedback

Donald J. Trump

If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month, you could take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother.feedback

Terry McAuliffe

This afternoon's vote signals a victory and the end of a protracted regulatory fight over the future of women's health in Virginia.feedback

Jaroslaw Kaczynski

We will strive to ensure that even in pregnancies which are very difficult, when a child is sure to die, or strongly deformed, women end up giving birth so that the child can be baptized, buried, and have a name.feedback

Cecile Richards

Yet another court has said it is unacceptable for politicians to dictate where women can go for their health care. This case is about the people who rely on us for basic care every day. We will not stand for these attacks on our patients' right to health care, and Planned Parenthood will fight for our patients at every turn.feedback

Hillary Clinton

I strongly support Roe v. Wade. I will defend Roe v. Wade, I will defend a woman's right to make her own decision.feedback

Lauren J. Ralph

Our finding directly challenges the narrative that decision making on abortion is somehow exceptional compared to other health care decisions and requires additional protection, such as state laws that mandate waiting periods or targeted counseling, and whose stated purpose is to prevent women from making an unconsidered decision.feedback

Lauren J. Ralph

Laws aimed at preventing women from making an unconsidered decision about abortion - including mandatory waiting periods and information scripts, ultrasound review requirements, and parental involvement requirements - are common in the U.S.feedback

Lauren J. Ralph

Levels of certainty about the decision to have an abortion were comparable to, and often higher than, levels of certainty found in other studies of men and women making other health care decisions like whether to have a mastectomy after a breast cancer diagnosis, undergo prenatal testing after infertility, or have reconstructive knee surgery.feedback

Louise Keogh

But it is fantastic to have confirmation of the fact that women are able to make the decision to end a pregnancy with a high level of certainty.feedback

Louise Keogh

I think they support the model we have in Victoria, Australia, where women are assumed to be capable of making the decision, and of accessing the support they need to do so.feedback

Lauren J. Ralph

These laws presuppose that most women are conflicted in their decision about abortion, and need additional time and information to make a decision.feedback

Gary Bauer

Hillary Clinton is committed to enacting policies that will erode religious liberty, promote abortion, make our country less safe, and leave our borders unprotected. ... Donald Trump will reverse these failed policies. I continue to support the Trump-Pence Ticket.feedback

Pisek Lumpikanon

The difficulty with Zika is to determine microcephaly. It is usually found later in pregnancy.feedback

Pisek Lumpikanon

Legal medical abortions can be done up to 24 weeks. The reason is that at 24 weeks and after the baby already has a good chance of survival.feedback

Rafal Chwedoruk

For PiS, its relations with the Church hierarchy mean that it cannot agree to any easing of abortion restrictions. It will waver between the status quo and some tightening.feedback

Aleksander Smolar

PiS realises this is an important issue that could have meaningful impact on their government and how long it governs. They could lose the two sections of the electorate that helped them succeed.feedback

Marjorie Dannenfelser

Mike Pence was working to defund Planned Parenthood before it was cool.feedback

Witold Waszczykowski

The right to life, or as some insist, the right to an abortion, is an important moral challenge for our civilisation, our western civilisation. Let them have fun.feedback

Katherine Zappone

It's my hope that what we're doing today will ensure we get a referendum and the government moves as quickly as possible.feedback

Kierra Johnson

We cannot say it helps black women to take another opportunity to make a decision away from them. We are not simple minded. We are not duped.feedback

Trent Franks

The American people deserve to know where the candidates stand, in the most important election this century and in the last century.feedback

Jacek Chwedoruk

A lengthy debate on the issue in parliament is a threat because society is reluctant to change current rules.feedback

Jaroslaw Kaczynski

We need to stop children from being killed because they have development flaws. This is inhuman.feedback

Andrea Miller

New York's abortion law, once ahead of its time, for too long has been woefully out of date, causing confusion for providers and leaving women without the full extent of their constitutionally-protected right to access abortion.feedback

James Trussell

Just as what happened before, there will be advances made that are not in the label. Providers in Ohio won't be able to follow it.feedback

Lillian Tamayo

If this law had gone into effect, it would have made a bad situation even worse.feedback

Iris E. Harvey - Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio

Today's ruling supports the rights of all Ohioans to access needed health care. This law would have been especially burdensome to communities of color and people with low income who already often have the least access to care – this law would have made a bad situation worse. Politicians have no business blocking patients from the care they need – and today the court stopped them in their tracks.feedback

Tim Kaine

My voting position on abortion hasn't really changed. I support the Hyde Amendment. I haven't changed that.feedback

Cecile Richards

Planned Parenthood Action Fund will redouble efforts to educate Sen. Kaine on the dangerous impact Hyde has on women with public insurance coverage. While we strongly disagree with Senator Kaine on this point, there are many places where we do agree.feedback

Hillary Clinton

Let's repeal laws like the Hyde Amendment that make it nearly impossible, make it nearly impossible for low-income women, disproportionately women of color, to exercise their full reproductive rights.feedback

Jill Stein

We got women's right to choose under that Supreme Court by standing up and refusing to take no for an answer. We see justices change over time, and some of the most progressive judges were appointed by conservatives. So the question is, are we going to throw ourselves over the cliff here? Would you take climate change so that you can have abortion rights?feedback

Mike Pence

What was apparent to me then was there was some unwritten agreement that we had arrived at, an unstated truce between pro-abortion and pro-life legislators. When we introduced this, it was a completely different element in the equation.feedback

Brent Marner

There's a couple things on the social issues -- with the RFRA law and the abortion issue, too -- that I'm a little hesitant on, but on economic issues, I think he's better for the state.feedback

Michael Flynn

Abortion, I think it's a, I think for women, and these are difficult issues, but I think women have to be able to choose.feedback

Michael Flynn

The direction of this county is going into the wrong direction. I vote for leaders.feedback

Ken Falk - American Civil Liberties Union

We are extremely pleased that Indiana's attempt to violate women's basic rights has been thwarted. This law attempted to do exactly what Supreme Court precedent said could not be done: invade a woman's privacy rights by preventing her from deciding whether to obtain a pre-viability abortion.feedback

Tanya Walton Pratt

The United States Supreme Court has stated in categorical terms that a state may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before viability.feedback

Mike Fichter

Today a federal judge denied the civil rights of unborn children, then proceeded to equate aborted children to common medical waste by blocking dignified disposal. This ruling is an appalling human rights injustice.feedback

Shannon Brewer

This is what we've been waiting on. We've been on pins and needles not knowing when this ruling would come down. This is a wonderful victory for us.feedback

Samuel A. Alito

This case is an ominous sign. At issue are Washington State regulations that are likely to make a pharmacist unemployable if he or she objects on religious grounds to dispensing certain prescription medications. [T]here is much evidence that the impetus for the adoption of the regulations was hostility to pharmacists whose religious beliefs regarding abortion and contraception are out of step with prevailing opinion in the state.feedback

Cecile Richards

Far too many women still face insurmountable barriers, which is why we are taking this fight state by state. It's time to pass state laws to protect a woman's constitutional right to abortion, and repeal ones that block it.feedback

Stephen G. Breyer

We conclude that neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes. Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a pre-viability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access … and each violates the federal Constitution.feedback

Amy Hagstrom Miller

I am beyond elated. After years of fighting heartless, anti-abortion Texas politicians who would seemingly stop at nothing to push abortion out of reach, I want everyone to understand: you don't mess with Texas, you don't mess with Whole Woman's Health, and you don't mess with this beautiful, powerful movement of people dedicated to reproductive health, rights, and justice.feedback

Stephanie Toti

Some of the abortion restrictions we've seen enacted in recent years are like the Texas restrictions in that they are not based on evidence. They are sham measures based on deception and pretext. If we apply the standards in cases in other restrictions, we'll see them struck down as well.feedback

Priscilla J. Smith

The court actually is saying it cares about the record evidence, the facts.feedback

Stephanie Toti

It's an incredibly encouraging development. The court is saying these laws need to be evidence-based. States can't just make up bogus reasons for enacting these restrictions that deprive women of access to essential reproductive healthcare.feedback

Dawn Johnsen

At least with this Supreme Court, with Justice Kennedy, restrictions that are packaged as informing women's decisions may be treated differently, I think.feedback

Jennifer Dalven - American Civil Liberties Union

The decision should send a loud signal to politicians that they can no longer hide behind sham rationales to shut down clinics and prevent a woman who has decided to end a pregnancy from getting the care she needs.feedback

Amy Hagstrom Miller

Every day, Whole Woman's Health treats our patients with compassion, respect and dignity. And today the Supreme Court did the same. We're thrilled that today justice was served and our clinics stay open.feedback

Greg Abbott

The decision erodes states' lawmaking authority to safeguard the health and safety of women and subjects more innocent life to being lost. Texas' goal is to protect innocent life, while ensuring the highest health and safety standards for women.feedback

Daniel Grossman

Since the law went into effect, many doctors who mainly performed abortion procedures, pretty much stopped providing any kind of medical service.feedback

Amy Hagstrom Miller

A win doesn't mean the struggle is over, clinics don't reopen overnight. We have a daunting task ahead of us...renewing leases, hiring staff, and working with the communities that we previously served to help us reopen for care. Today we make history and tomorrow we get back to work.feedback

Stephen G. Breyer

We agree with the District Court that the surgical center requirement, like the admitting-privileges requirement, provides few, if any, health benefits for women, poses a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions, and constitutes an 'undue burden' on their constitutional right to do so.feedback

Cecile Richards

We are thrilled that these dangerous provisions have been struck down. This is a win for women. Every person must have the right to make their own personal decisions about abortion, and we will fight like hell to ensure they do.feedback

Tim Kaine

I don't like it personally. I'm opposed to abortion. I deeply believe, and not just as a matter of politics, but even as a matter of morality, that matters about reproduction and intimacy and relationships and contraception are in the personal realm. They're moral decisions for individuals to make for themselves. And the last thing we need is government intruding into those personal decisions.feedback

Elizabeth Nash - Guttmacher Institute

We know that the contemporary abortion declines were basically as a result of declines in unintended pregnancies. more desirable contraceptive use is likely the important thing driver of the declines in both unintended pregnancy and abortion.feedback

Thomas Gellhaus

Women must have urgent access to the full spectrum of reproductive health services to avoid the potentially tragic consequences of Zika exposure. All women must have the legal right to abortion, unconstrained by harassment, unavailability of care, procedure bans, or other legislative or regulatory barriers. The Zika crisis makes it impossible to ignore that women around the world do not have access to this basic health care need.feedback

Abigail Aiken

If Zika does begin to transmit locally, you're looking at situations for (U.S.) women that may not be that different from countries like Brazil or Ecuador.feedback

Abigail Aiken

When you issue these kinds of advisories, but you uncouple them from pathways to safe and legal care, you create a really difficult situation for women.feedback

Lucie Hinton

Someone was saying in a petition comment that it was a little bit like, for example, denying women the right to vote in abortion laws. It's a powerful statement, but I quite agree with that. It's about…your life will change on 23rd of June and you have no idea what will happen!feedback

Courtney Robinson

The purpose of taking the pills is to show they are safe because in the North (Northern Ireland) there is a lot of scaremongering around the issue.feedback

Devon Anderson

We do not intend to appeal the judge's decision. Our office remains focused on the felony charge.feedback

Jared Woodfill

This is a huge win for the pro-life movement. The court recognized that the charges brought by the Harris County District Attorney's Office were flawed from their inception.feedback

John C. Eastman

I'd rather have women's health and safety in some parts of the country than no parts of the country.feedback

Jennifer Dalven - American Civil Liberties Union

A 4-4 decision would leave us in the untenable situation where a woman's ability to get an abortion will depend on where she lives.feedback

John Seago - Texas Right to Life

It comes down to Justice Kennedy, and during the argument he didn't show his hand too much.feedback

Dawn Johnsen

This law places a terrible chilling effect on those conversations by saying certain aspects of the decision are going to be controlled by the government.feedback

Ilyse Hogue

Donald Trump's list of potential Supreme Court nominees are a woman's worst nightmare. Their records reveal a lineup of individuals who would likely overturn Roe v. Wade if given the chance, gutting what's left of abortion access in this country and heaping punishment on women.feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

It wasn't easy at all, it took a lot of reassurance, a lot of conversations over the phone, by email, on Skype, on Facebook. They really were scared to speak. Of course it's difficult for any woman to talk about abortion, whether it's legal or not. The first thing we had to do was to take a written commitment for us not to reveal their identity, and that was reassuring.feedback

Sophie Claudet - Euronews

Considering that women have to carry their baby to term, because there is a blanket ban on abortion, are they still screened during their pregnancy?feedback

Sophie Claudet - Euronews

But how about this doctor you interviewed in your report? She's not even a gynecologist and yet she too did not want to appear on camera. How come?feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

You can risk up to four years in prison if you perform an abortion, and even advising women or assisting them in any way for anyone in the medical profession carries some penalties.feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

Of course they are. Malta is a very developed country and the have all the usual tests that any other country has: the ultrasounds, the scans and so on. You can have amniocentesis [also referred to as amniotic fluid test or AFT] if you want to, however I was told that in some cases they just don't bother because there is this ban on abortion, or [because] it's beyond their beliefs and understanding.feedback

Sophie Claudet - Euronews

On the other hand, they wanted to talk, they wanted to share their experience, and the fact that I was a foreign journalist working for an international network made it easier for them. Paradoxically they could tell the world about an experience they couldn't even talk about to their own mother or sister.feedback

Sophie Claudet - Euronews

So you mean for some of them it was actually the first time they talked about the procedure openly?feedback

Sophie Claudet - Euronews

Valerie, considering that in Malta women can not have an abortion, does it mean that there is a higher prevalence of birth defects compared to other European countries?feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

Indeed, it was. The lady who spoke to us who had an abortion in her 40s hadn't told anyone. There was another woman that we were in touch with who lives abroad who isn't in the report. She had agreed to talk to us, again on condition of anonymity because her partner didn't know about it.feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

Well this is actually what the official figures show. Prevalence of what are called neural tube defects (NTDs) is the highest in the EU. Also for Down syndrome, Malta is ranked second, just after Ireland and before Poland, which happen to be the countries where the abortion laws are the most restrictive. The surveys also make a clear link between the fact that abortion is banned and these high birth defect rates.feedback

Sophie Claudet - Euronews

Valerie, you're just back from Malta. We saw in your report how difficult it is for people to talk about abortion. How did you convince the women who went through the procedure to talk to you?feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

Indeed she's not a gynecologist but she explained that even speaking about abortion in a way that implies that you're in favour of at least an easing of the ban would be risky for her. She could lose her licence and, at the very best, she could lose her reputation and her patients.feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

Abortion in Malta is very much a taboo subject. I've made repeated efforts, including here in my hotel room, to try and convince people to talk to us, particularly those who want to decriminalise abortion. They exist, they're active on social media, but speaking openly is out of the question.feedback

Valérie Gauriat - Euronews

Sociologists we've contacted didn't want to meet us. And ultimately it's here in the village of Zabbar, whose patron saint is the Madonna, that we see some light, in the street of the Immaculate Conception.feedback

Gilda Sedgh - Guttmacher Institute

More women living in countries with the most restrictive abortion laws have an unmet need for contraception - that is, they want to avoid getting pregnant but are not using a method of family planning - than women in countries with more liberal laws, and this adds to the incidence of abortion in countries with restrictive laws.feedback

Gilda Sedgh - Guttmacher Institute

In developing countries ... family planning services do not seem to be keeping up with the increasing desire for smaller families.feedback

Katie Franklin - Ohio Right to Life

The State of Ohio has every right and reason to cut off state funding from entities that do not fit our state policy to prefer childbirth over abortion. Millions of times over, Planned Parenthood has proven that its mission is antithetical to this policy, and its work is destructive to human life.feedback

Lori Carpentier - Planned Parenthood

There is a new generation of activist doctors. They choose to do terminations of pregnancies because it is a deeply held and passionate belief that women should have access to care.feedback

Sarah W. Prager

I don't think we have a provider shortage anymore. What we have is a distribution problem. We have a lot of providers in some of our city centers, but in rural areas there are very few people willing or able to provide care.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The laws are set now on abortion and that's the way they're going to remain until they're changed. A question was asked to me. And it was asked in a very hypothetical. And it was said, Illegal, illegal.' I've been told by some people that was an older line answer and that was an answer that was given on a, you know, basis of an older line from years ago on a very conservative basis.feedback

Hope Hicks

Mr. Trump gave an accurate account of the law as it is today and made clear it must stay that way now – until he is President. Then he will change the law through his judicial appointments and allow the states to protect the unborn. There is nothing new or different here.feedback

Marjorie Dannenfelser

The question is, will he be able to get to the point of confidently communicating his position to contrast with Hillary Clinton in a way that helps? I think it's possible.feedback

Michael Gonidakis

There was no time to get on the phone and compare talking points, but all the comments were consistent. The foundational premise of the pro-life movement is to protect both the mother and the unborn child. We don't leave one of them behind.feedback

Marjorie Dannenfelser

The query is, will he be capable of get to the purpose of confidently speaking his place to distinction with Hillary Clinton in approach that helps. I feel it's potential.feedback

Hillary Clinton

To think that this is an issue that is not deserving of reaction just demonstrates a lack of appreciation for how serious this is. This goes to the heart of who we are as women, what kind of rights and choices we have, it certainly is as important as any economic issue.feedback

Hillary Clinton

I know Senator Sanders supports a woman's right to choose, but I also know Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL endorsed me because I have led on this issue, I have fought on this issue. We need a president who is passionate about this, seeing it as a top priority because women's health is under assault across America.feedback

Hillary Clinton

Oh, I know, the Bernie people came to say that, we're very sorry you're leaving.feedback

Hillary Clinton

What Donald Trump said was outrageous and dangerous. I'm constantly taken aback at the kinds of things that he advocates for. Once again, he has showed us who he is. We can't let someone with this much contempt for women's rights anywhere near the White House.feedback

Hillary Clinton

The Republicans all line up together. Now maybe they aren't quite as open about it as Donald Trump was earlier today, but they all have the same position. If you make abortion a crime – you make it illegal – then you make women and doctors criminals.feedback

Ben Carson

Bear in mind, I don't believe that he was warned that that question was coming, and I don't think he really had a chance to really think about it. That happens very frequently, and you know, what you develop with experience is how to answer that in a way that is not definitive.feedback