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Tim Farron
Take the issue of abortion. Personally I wish I could argue it away. Abortion is wrong. Well, I believe women should have access under law which is safe and legal, and I think that's the critical issue – do you believe people should be able to make that choice under law, and do you believe the law as it stands is right and the science that dictates, or rather underlines, that law is right. I think the odd kind of focus upon my faith over the last few weeks is one that I think millions of people will just think is very peculiar.feedback
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NEW May 22 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Abortion. 297 people are quoted and you can read 464 citations of them about Abortion. Donald J. Trump, Pope Francis, Marjorie Dannenfelser and Cecile Richards, 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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Stephanie Klick

Drawn and quartering. That's essentially what we are doing to these unborn children.feedback

Donna Howard

This is political interference in medicine at its worst.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

But we have to remember that this Executive Order came down to make clear that this administration does not want to support or promote the conduct of abortion with our global-health assistance funding. The executive order was very clear in its intent.feedback

Elizabeth Radin

I'm concerned about introducing greater disruption to a system that has already accomplished incredible, life-saving work.feedback

Stephen J. Morrisson

There is not a very transparent process by which we got to this point. This is political theater.feedback

Maddie Zeif

I don't want to spend my college years worrying about what's going to happen if I need an abortion.feedback

Jennie Bristow

Giving mothers-to-be advice with no scientific basis is patronising and coercive. Women have the right to see the evidence and make their own decisions. The past 50 years have brought some huge victories for women’s reproductive choice. Access to contraception and abortion allowed sexually active women to avoid or terminate a pregnancy, enabling them to decide whether and when to have children. But these significant gains are limited by both old and new constraints. Women’s access to abortion is limited by law and remains contingent on the prevailing political mood. And women who continue their pregnancies find themselves subject to increasingly shrill and contradictory guidelines about how that pregnancy should be conducted.feedback

Tim Farron

Take the issue of abortion. Personally I wish I could argue it away. Abortion is wrong. Society has to climb down from the position that says there is nothing objectionable about abortion before a certain time. If abortion is wrong, it is wrong at any time. Looking back on them I may not have explained myself terribly well but I support safe and legal access to abortion. I may not have expressed myself terribly well 10 years ago but I was pro-choice then and I am pro-choice now.feedback

Abigail Aiken

We now have evidence that self-sourced medical abortion that's entirely outside the formal health care system can be safe and effective. Women are very capable of managing their own abortions and they're able to determine themselves when they need to seek medical attention.feedback

Tim Farron

Personally I wish I could argue it away. Abortion is wrong. I may not have expressed myself terribly well 10 years ago but I was pro-choice then and I am pro-choice now.feedback

Tim Farron

Take the issue of abortion. Personally I wish I could argue it away. Abortion is wrong. Society has to climb down from the position that says there is nothing objectionable about abortion before a certain time. If abortion is wrong, it is wrong at any time. The reality is that abortion is too widely available. There needs to be tighter restrictions. The challenge to Christians is to come up with realistic alternative strategies. I am pro-choice. I believe that abortion should be safe and legal and that the limit should be set by science.feedback

Bernard Dickens

This undermines the efficacy of these laws and leaves them unenforceable.feedback

Abigail Aiken

This is abortion entirely outside the formal healthcare setting: it is an online telemedicine model, but this research shows that it can be both safe and highly effective. I think that even though it is a positive thing for public health, it is not a positive thing for women's lives because they still have to feel like criminals.feedback

Abigail Aiken

When we talk about self-sought, self-induced abortion, people think about coat hangers or they think about tables in back alleys. But I think this research really shows that in 2017 self-sourced abortion is a network of people helping and supporting each other through what's really a safe and effective process in the comfort of their own homes, and I think is a huge step forward in public health.feedback

Linda Kavanath

These services will exist until the legislation is changed to grant women access to abortion. Women will always find a way to have abortions and we're just fortunate that these safe methods now exist.feedback

Jeanne Shaheen

Today, the Trump administration confirmed our worst fears regarding this new, drastically expanded global gag executive order. This administration's pathetic rebranding of this policy is a thinly-veiled attempt to hide the tremendous harm it has around the world. President Trump's dangerous obsession with rolling back reproductive rights has severe consequences for millions of vulnerable women and children, and grossly undermines our nation's humanitarian leadership around the globe.feedback

Jonathan Rucks

It's not like we have an influx of providers in places like West Africa. Whole communities could be cut off.feedback

James Watson - BusinessEurope

For the record, I didn't authorize it – city staff did as they do for all flag raisings. I always have and will support a woman's right to choose.feedback

Francis Barrett

I'm trying to keep my blood pressure down. They are infringing on my rights as a taxpayer ... I was doing nothing wrong. The flag was doing nothing wrong.feedback

David Eastman

You have individuals who are in villages and are glad to be pregnant, so that they can have an abortion because there's a free trip to Anchorage involved.feedback

Don Harmon

This measure is too important to immediately put it in the hands of a governor whose public opinions about women's access to safe, affordable reproductive health care have been inconsistent at best. It does not jeopardize the bill's ability to become law.feedback

Destiny Lopez

Throwing this stance overboard may well leave the party dead in the water.feedback

David Eastman

And certainly if I could go back and not say them, I would do so. We have folks who try to get pregnant in this state so that they can get a free trip to the city, and we have folks who want to carry their baby past the point of being able to have an abortion in this state so that they can have a free trip to Seattle.feedback

Stephanie Hansen

It's a decision that belongs with the woman, her doctor and her family.feedback

Bryant Richardson

Any civilized society restricts an individual's right to choose when it would affect an innocent person. I can think of no more innocent person than an unborn child.feedback

Kathleen MacRae

There wasn't a sense of urgency until President Trump got elected. We don't want to leave the women of Delaware in a vulnerable position. It's up to the woman and the family to decide when she would like to become a parent.feedback

Melanie Israel

Folks are excited that we've got a different administration, so there's a sense of optimism. Everyone is curious to see what's going to happen.feedback

Marjorie Dannenfelser

We urge the Senate to keep these nonnegotiable provisions and quickly advance this bill to the president's desk.feedback

Blanca Chico

They are helping a lot of people, because not everyone is able to pay for a consultation or all of the medication. And they only ask for a donation for the services. It's very complicated finding a place that is low cost and that I feel confident I can get the services. I have felt really satisfied with the clinic ... they have always helped me with everything.feedback

Ellen Shaffer

Abortion rights are a key pillar of income equality. Opposition to abortion rights is a key factor keeping women and kids in poverty.feedback

Liz Medicine Crow

The big question is the whole picture: What happened to mother-child bond?feedback

Tuckerman Babcock

I would hate to see him fail to do that because he's smart and very energetic and taking on a lot of good fights. It's his first term. Everybody makes mistakes but you need to own up to your mistakes.feedback

Cecile Richards

This is the worst bill for women's health in a generation. In short, this bill makes it harder to prevent unintended pregnancy, harder to have a healthy pregnancy, and harder to raise a family. Alarm bells should be ringing in every house across America.feedback

W. A. Criswell

I have always felt that it was only after a child was born and had a life separate from its mother that it became an individual person.feedback

Willie Parker

Life is a process. It is not a switch that turns on in an instant, like an electric light.feedback

Trent Franks

We're in a unique and hopeful moment. But I'm not sure how fleeting that might be.feedback

Kellyanne Conway

It could go either way. If they're disappointed then they're not paying attention.feedback

Ralph Reed - Faith and Freedom Coalition

You can't make the case anymore that this is a women's organization. It's a political organization.feedback

Mike Pence

President Trump has been keeping his promises to all of you and the American people. We're going to see that fight all the way through. And this president is unwavering.feedback

Alina Salganicoff

What's interesting is that a lot of the language and the support that the Republicans have generated is that they want to give more choice to the states to [design] their own benefits, and the AHCA sets up waivers to do that.feedback

Dan Donovan - Giant Eagle

As written, the AHCA [American Health Care Act] would impose a tax hike on city residents to fund tax cuts elsewhere in the state. My constituents would also be unable to use the bill's tax credits because of New York's rules on insurance coverage.feedback

Adam Sonfield - Guttmacher Institute

All their state residents may find themselves unable to use the subsidies. So what you end up with is a situation where you're either harming New York and California residents, or the federal government is forcing state governments to change their law. Neither situation is a good situation.feedback

Alina Salganicoff

They are states that strongly ... support abortion access. Ten of those states also banned abortion coverage through their individual market.feedback

Katarzyna Łabędź

The dramatic number of women who either decided to give birth to a baby suffering from severe illness or were denied legal abortion, shows that they are facing unimaginable challenges every day.feedback

Katarzyna Łabędź

In my opinion this demonstrates that the government's agenda is not designed to protect human life. It's focused solely on childbirth. However, once the baby with disability is born, the mother is left completely alone because she cannot count on governmental support. Thus, banning access to legal abortion in cases where the child would be born with terminal illness would simply force all women to make this very heroic decision without having a chance to think through whether or not they'd be able to cope with its consequences.feedback

Conner Haines

Sir, we're actually exposing the holocaust that's happening in America. Sir, these are image bearers of god.feedback

Zachary Ruff

There is no holocaust happening in America. If you want to talk about a holocaust happening in America, go into an inner city and talk to the poor and underprivileged.feedback

Lauren Haines

We believe that life starts at conception, and abortion is murder. It's not just a doom and gloom message … we want people to know they can be saved from their sins.feedback

Kevin Theriot

People of faith shouldn't be discriminated against for expressing their beliefs. That's exactly what happened here.feedback

Lawrence Mussoline

We need to ensure that nothing like this happens again. Unfortunately, this is now national news for our excellent school district.feedback

Rita Bettis - American Civil Liberties Union

It's disgraceful that extremist lawmakers and the politically driven Governor Branstad are willing to put women's lives on the line based on personal belief rather than facts, and the well-being of Iowa women.feedback

Ben Hammes

The pro-life movement is making tremendous strides in changing the hearts and minds, to return to a culture that once again respects human life.feedback

Thomas Perriello

I'm the only person in this race that's been a Democrat my whole life. I voted for Democratic presidential candidates. I devoted my life for three years to trying to defeat George Bush's agenda while Ralph Northam was voting for him twice. But I want to be absolutely clear that the credit in these fights belong to you and those activists who work day in and day out to fight these laws. I want to be a partner in these fights. We could all benefit from a de-escalation from Twitter.feedback

Ralph Northam

Let's not pick out one corporation that someone has taken a contribution from, let's do comprehensive campaign finance reform and take care of all of these issues.feedback

Mike Janocik

Kentucky is a very pro-life state. Abortion providers tend to fly under the radar, especially when they are in administrations favorable to their position, as ours has been for a long time in Kentucky.feedback

Elizabeth Nash - Guttmacher Institute

Kentucky for a long time was not on the policy radar. Now Kentucky is following the model of Texas and Ohio, where they are adopting restrictions or making it very difficult to keep clinic doors open.feedback

Brigitte Amiri

The burden on women in Kentucky if E.M.W. closed down would be extreme. There would be an effective ban on abortion.feedback

Anne Ahola

Are you sure this is the right decision for you, and did you reach this decision yourself?feedback

Patricia Canon

We used to have people who lived in Bowling Green; the Nashville clinic was closer than Louisville. But then Tennessee decided to enact a 48-hour, in-person waiting period. That means two trips, two days.feedback

Anick Berard

Infections are prevalent during pregnancy. Although antibiotic use to treat infections has been linked to a decreased risk of prematurity and low birth weight in other studies, our investigation shows that certain types of antibiotics are increasing the risk of spontaneous abortion, with a 60% to two-fold increased risk.feedback

Anick Berard

Infections are prevalent during pregnancy. Although antibiotic use to treat infections has been linked to a decreased risk of prematurity and low birth weight in other studies, our investigation shows that certain types of antibiotics are increasing the risk of spontaneous abortion, with 60 per cent to two-fold increase. Given that the baseline risk of spontaneous abortion can go as high as 30%, this is significant. Nevertheless, the increased risk was not seen for all antibiotics, which is reassuring for users.feedback

Angela Merkel

To be honest the history of feminism is one with which I have common ground but also differences, and I don't want to claim a title I don't have. For example, Alice Schwarzer [a famous German second-wave feminist who helped make abortion legal ] or someone like that, they have fought so many hard battles, and then I come along seizing on their success and say I am a feminist. That's great isn't it. I am not afraid of [the label]. If you think that I am one - please, go ahead and have a vote over it, but I personally wouldn't want to wear the badge.feedback

Ilyse Hogue

If Democrats think the path forward following the 2016 election is to support candidates who substitute their own judgment and ideology for that of their female constituents, they have learned all the wrong lessons and are bound to lose. Kudos to Chair Tom Perez and the DNC for recognizing that we are a stronger party when we stand for our core values.feedback

Irin Carmon

You’ve heard the stories of the coat hanger and the back alley, those bloody days before Roe v. Wade. Sen. Patrick Leahy told one recently at the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch. As a state prosecutor in 1968, three years before the court struck down state abortion bans, cops woke him up [].feedback

Joanna Erdman

For so long, the whole objective was to make abortion a legitimate health care service, to bring it out of the shadows and remove the stigma. So this effort to remedy a crisis of access by making the 'back street' safer – it's very counterintuitive for a lot of older figures in the movement. They get very nervous about the idea of leaving women to their own devices.feedback

Lorraine Rothman

Let's stop the humiliation of trying to persuade the powers that be to legalize abortion. Let's just take back the technology, the tools, the skills, and the information to perform early abortions and be in charge of our own reproduction.feedback

Claire McCaskill

I couldn't disagree more with what Tom Perez said, I think it's not correct that our party should have litmus tests about who wants to join our party. We may disagree on various issues, and I just don't think we should say ever anyone is not welcome in our party based on one of those issues.feedback

Jane Kleeb

I think the demonizing of people who are pro-life is deplorable. I think there are a lot of policies and bills that we could talk about that both lift up women's access to women's reproductive rights and decrease abortions where Democrats could find common ground.feedback

Sofia Jawed-Wessel

I think some of this confusion is that people don't understand that being pro-choice and pro-life are not mutually exclusive. An individual can find abortion morally problematic, but still support a person's right to choice without government interference.feedback

Erin Matson

There are exactly as many abortions as there need to be. If anything I worry that people are getting turned away from the care they need because of funding restrictions.feedback

Thomas E. Perez

If you demand fealty on every single issue, then it's a challenge. Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman's right to make her own choices about her body and her health.feedback

Joe Donnelly

I don't know why we would want to start walking away from folks, like myself, who have a personal conviction on the pro-life issue. We ought to be able to include everyone, as opposed to saying 'no, we don't want these folks, even though they fight with us on jobs, even though they fight with us for economic rights, even though they fight with us on healthcare.' It just seems to me to be very, very short-sighted.feedback

Erin Matson

Sanders has made it sound like reproductive rights are negotiable. That is wrong, and he will face protest until he includes reproductive justice in his economic justice message.feedback

Joe Biden

I accept my church's position on abortion, but I refuse to impose it … I just refuse to impose that on others.feedback

Kristen Day - Democrats for Life of America

The Democratic Party has to look in the mirror and say, where did we go wrong? What do we need to do to start winning again? This is one of those issues where the party could expand its coalition. I do have some optimism. The fact that we're having this discussion at all is important, and potentially an opportunity to create space for pro-life Democrats within the party, but so far it doesn't seem like that's the direction the party will take.feedback

Erin Matson

It's about policy, not feelings or labels, and anything less than a bold stance that makes clear that the Democratic Party must be united in protecting a woman's right to an abortion is a betrayal of a core constituency of the party.feedback

Ilyse Hogue

Women across the country … are breathing a sigh of relief to know that the DNC has our backs.feedback

Jill E. Adams

There . . . are people who view this as progress, the evolution of abortion care, and an incredible opportunity to transcend the very contentious abortion debate.feedback

Sara Feigenholtz

The intent ... is to protect women from a president who has been very, very clear about his desire to overturn Roe v Wade and make abortion illegal in some states.feedback

Terri Bryant

I don't really understand how we can say we do care about the most vulnerable among us when we have limited funds and we'll be spending money for something that not only is opposed by many of us but is considered to be an abomination.feedback

Heath Mello

While [his] faith guides [his] personal views, as mayor [he] would never do anything to restrict access to reproductive health care.feedback

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

Gail Deady

It is unclear from the questionable, selective release of information by the Chesterfield police exactly what happened here. But it appears that this is another example of overreach and targeting of a pregnant woman in an attempt to shame and punish her for her circumstances.feedback

Jon Ossoff

I'm simply not interested in ideological labels or purity tests. I'll tell you where I stand on the issues, and then I'll let the pundits decide how to label me.feedback

Jane Kleeb

Heath is a strong progressive Democrat, and he is pro-life, and you can be both things. What Heath did actually was stop a bill to make ultrasounds mandatory by getting Republicans in our legislature to agree to make them voluntary.feedback

Lucy Flores

I fully stand by Senator Sanders because he does champion women's reproductive rights and he has never wavered there. To a certain extent, I feel like we're holding, and in some cases rightly so, Sanders to a higher standard and viewing him as the standard-bearer for progressivism in this country, but you have to remember there are all kinds of reasons why people decide to endorse or not endorse, and just because you endorse a candidate does not mean you support 100% of everything they say or do.feedback

David Nir - Daily Kos

Bernie Sanders isn't helping–he's hurting. He should either endorse Ossoff and raise money for him, or keep his silence. On second thought, Sanders shouldn't endorse Ossoff. He should just remain silent and not hurt the efforts of those of us helping in #GA06.feedback

Ilyse Hogue

It's not enough to issue a statement for political expediency when your record is full of anti-choice votes. The Democratic Party's support of any candidate who does not support the basic rights and freedoms of women is disappointing and politically stupid.feedback

Jane Kleeb

The bill that Heath negotiated, and the bill that passed, says a woman can have the option of seeing the ultrasound.feedback

Thomas E. Perez

If we have a one-size-fits-all requirement for every Democrat who seeks office, that's a formula for a filibuster-proof majorities in the Senate; that's a formula for failure in many areas of this country.feedback

Jane Kleeb

He is pro-life. A lot of Dems are pro-life. That is a reality that I share. I was pro-life until 2004 – I mean, my mom was president of Broward County Right to Life. Does that mean that I'm not a Democrat, that I'm not a progressive?feedback

Thomas E. Perez

In order to execute a 50-state strategy, we need to understand what's going on in all 50 states, and attract candidates who are consistent with their messages but perhaps not on 100 percent of the issues.feedback

Thomas E. Perez

If he were running in the People's Republic of Takoma Park, the voters might do it differently.feedback

Mitter Sain

Traditionally, Indian society always preferred male; now they have the means to make it more skewed by using infanticide and abortion.feedback

Mark Costello

I've got five children and it's about five months when I could put my hand on my wife's tummy and feel the baby kicking, and she could feel the baby moving around.feedback

Rachel Lopez - Planned Parenthood

With this vote, Iowa has gone from a state that supports women and families, to one that is turning back the clock 50 years. Lawmakers' objectives are to shame women, and place undue and unconstitutional burdens on their attempts to access safe and legal abortion.feedback

Tomi Lahren

I'm pro-choice, and here's why: I can't sit here and be a hypocrite and say I'm for a limited government, but I think that the government should decide what women do with their bodies. Stay out of my guns and you can stay out of my body as well. I was getting ready to go in and do my show, and I got a phone call saying that the show was not on, have been suspended for a week, perhaps longer' – I was flabbergasted. This was not about politics. This was about someone who had an opposing viewpoint that has been silenced and sidelined and thrown away.feedback

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

Marjorie Dannenfelser

This week the pro-life movement had two huge victories: first, the swearing-in of Justice Gorsuch, and now, President Trump will undo former president Obama's parting gift to the abortion industry. We expect to see Congress continue its efforts to redirect additional taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood through pro-life health-care reform after the spring recess.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

Shonda Rhimes

I didn't know that there hadn't been a drama series with a leading black woman for 37 years. When the show got picked up to pilot, I got a phone call from somebody who said, This would be the perfect show for Connie Britton.' I said, It would be, except Olivia Pope is black. 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 has all those things, she was aware that people would underestimate her.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

Channing Dungey

Shonda said she felt strongly that Olivia be black. It was inspired by Judy, and she wanted to honor that.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

Leonard Leo

Throughout his career, Judge Gorsuch has demonstrated his commitment to judicial independence and to deciding cases according to the law instead of political preferences. I applaud President Trump for choosing such an outstanding nominee, and Leader McConnell and his colleagues for defeating an unprecedented partisan filibuster. A year ago we lost Justice Scalia, a giant, and today we are one step closer to seeing the preservation of his legacy on the Court.feedback

Wendy Davis

Now, we are facing the worst political attacks on women's health in a generation.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

Ed Gillespie

I would like to see abortion be banned because I think it is a taking of an innocent human life. I not only went to the Catholic University of America, I served on the board of trustees there. In order to do that, you have to be in sync with the keepings of the church.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

Sam Brownback

I am vetoing this expansion of ObamaCare because it fails to serve the truly vulnerable before the able-bodied, lacks work requirements to help able-bodied Kansans escape poverty, and burdens the state budget with unrestrainable entitlement costs. Most grievously, this legislation funnels more taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry. From its infancy, the state of Kansas has affirmed the dignity and equality of each human life. I will not support this legislation that continues to fund organizations that undermine a culture of life.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

Nils Muiznieks - Council of Europe

Decriminalizing abortion within reasonable gestational limits is essential to women's equality.feedback

Nils Muiznieks - Council of Europe

It's an unjust regime because it doesn't actually affect the number of abortions. If a woman has means to travel, she will do so, so that leave poorer women to fend for themselves in Ireland. Culturally, politically, socially, Ireland has changed significantly and I think that is not reflected in the current regime. The approach of the government heretofore has been quite ad-hoc. The people have waited a long time, if you're going to do it, do it right. These are quite serious human rights violations we're talking about.feedback

Nils Muiznieks - Council of Europe

The government cannot wash its hands of the human rights violations that took place. It's quite uncomfortable to have this mirror in front of you but the only way to move on is to provide justice.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

Her attempt to compare [HB 4260] to the abortion issue shows a lack of a basic understanding of human biology.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

Jessica Farrar

Although HB 4260 is satirical, there is nothing funny about current healthcare restrictions for women and the very real legislation that is proposed every legislative session. Women are not laughing at state-imposed regulations and obstacles that interfere with their ability to legally access safe healthcare, and subject them to fake science and medically unnecessary procedures. Texans deserve to be treated with the same amount of respect when making healthcare decisions, regardless of their gender.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

Robert Dallek

He helped shape Reagan's positive response to women's right to choose and progressive changes in the state tax laws. In Congress, he served with distinction on the House Intelligence Committee. As an ex-congressman, he avoided the sort of money-making avenues that open to so many of them. His was a voice of reason in the era of Vietnam, the Cold War, and Watergate and so much since.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

Elizabeth Nash - Guttmacher Institute

Have we reached the tipping point where it's so complicated and cumbersome to provide it that insurers will simply stop? You can imagine insurers saying it isn't worth the hassle.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

Dawn Laguens - Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Let's be clear, federal funds already do not pay for abortions. Offering money to Planned Parenthood to abandon our patients and our values is not a deal that we will ever accept. Providing critical health care services for millions of American women is nonnegotiable.feedback

Kirsten Gillibrand

The Trump administration needs to stop playing political games that would put access to the full range of safe reproductive care at risk, or they will get the fight of their lives.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