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Mike Pence
The time is now. This is when we are going to defund Planned Parenthood once and for all.feedback
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NEW Jun 23 2017
Planned Parenthood has been commented on by 380 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Planned Parenthood are: Cecile Richards, Pope Francis, Marjorie Dannenfelser and Ian Harvie. For instance, the most recent quote from Cecile Richards is: “There's a lot of anxiety among women right now, particularly in the heartland of America where they are desperately concerned about losing access to affordable health care. I think it's really great when they see an iconic star like Allison on a programme like this dealing with the same issues that we deal with in our clinics every day. It's not incidental that Gemma and Allison are women at the top of their procession. That speaks to a lot of women who maybe come to Planned Parenthood because they're just trying to figure out how to take that next step.”.
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John Kennedy

In my state, we are now spending 47 percent of our budget on Medicaid. That's up from 23 percent in 2008. It's crowding out money for universities and roads and public safety and coastal restoration, and it just keeps climbing.feedback

Nigel Biggar

Abortion is a very important and, I think, difficult moral issue. But, although I have provisional views about it, it is not one that I have published anything substantial on. I have on the other hand written a lot about voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide, spoken about it in the UK, Ireland, France, and Canada, and consistently opposed their legalization. On those two issues, my conclusions align with those of the Roman Catholic Church.feedback

Alison Dreith

He routinely compares abortion to the Holocaust and slavery and this is another example of him grandstanding in a disturbing and dangerous way. Furthermore, this special session is all about the governor's political ambitions. He wants to be able to tell any future adversaries that he called his general assembly in the summer to pass all of thee special abortions restrictions so he'll have his conservative credentials.feedback

Margaret Atwood

It's no accident that Napoleon banned abortion. He said exactly why he wanted offspring – for cannon fodder. Lovely!feedback

Grainne Teggart

The UK government has a responsibility to deliver abortion rights for women in Northern Ireland. A failure to do so would be a cruel betrayal of women. Whilst health and justice are devolved matters, the UK government is responsible for upholding human rights. We are today calling on the next UK government to commit, particularly in the absence of functioning devolution, to prioritise bringing Northern Ireland's abortion laws in line with international human rights standards. This must include the decriminalisation of abortion.feedback

Natika Halil

FPA believes that the government must legislate for abortion law reform in Northern Ireland. The UK government is responsible for human rights across the UK, and the United Nations and UK courts have ruled on multiple occasions that Northern Ireland's restrictive law contravenes these rights. Any potential arrangement with the DUP must not prevent the UK from meeting any human rights commitments. Instead, the Conservative party must use any partnership with the DUP to discuss the impact of Northern Ireland's abortion law and bring it into the 21st century.feedback

Ian Harvie

I transitioned to feel better in my body, [but] walking through the world now, in my current body, I am generally perceived as straight, white, and male.feedback

Ian Harvie

I spent 30-something years being consumed with thoughts of concealing my body. [Now] I want to be fit in all aspects of body wellness, which includes hitting the gym and hiking. It also means not saying mean things to myself about my own body … As a trans person, I try to remember that we all endure a lot of comments about our bodies as if they're not our own. There are enough people in the world who make judgments about my body, I don't need to take part in that.feedback

Ian Harvie

I knew I was different at a very early age, I just didn't have a language for it, no one I knew did either.feedback

Ian Harvie

I don't have to think twice about racial, gender or homophobic violence, because of my (perceived) straight, white, male privilege, and it's something that I have to remind myself to think about regularly. I don't want to forget it and misuse it, although I will likely falter. I know it's difficult to deny privilege that is being given and the only way I know how to deny it, is to whenever possible, and safely do so, out myself as transgender to the people around me.feedback

Ian Harvie

As a trans man, with a proud female history, I believe where I intersect with women on abortion rights is that all women should have the right to do whatever they need with their bodies to have a healthy, prosperous life. Body autonomy should be a right for all women and all trans people. That is our shared space, and in large part, why I'm so passionate about abortion rights. I will always stand with my sisters on this issue.feedback

Ian Harvie

Personally, I will talk about anything on stage and in public spaces. It helps erase stigma around less familiar subjects. You can't change things if you don't talk about them, which is another area where I think I align with Lady Parts Justice League and abortion rights.feedback

Ian Harvie

Until trans women of color and trans women as a whole are not being murdered or attacked for simply being who they are, or until trans people are not being disowned by their families, or until trans people are no longer fired from their jobs for needing to transition, or until trans folks are no longer denied access to housing or healthcare, there will be no 'post-trans' era.feedback

Ian Harvie

Everyday events could cause a major fashion dilemma or straight-up meltdown. I would go to bed hoping to wake up flat-chested or to win the lottery so I could finally afford my chest surgery. I now know I'm not the only one that goes through this, and trans people are not the only people to go through this. It took me a minute to realize that, but when I did, it was really helpful to me to not feel isolated – that there was this intersectionality with others that I hadn't thought of before.feedback

Ian Harvie

We'd all have horribly boring stories if we didn't have struggles. Our common ground is that we all are struggling. Eating disorders and issues with weight and food, for a lot of people, are symptomatic of something else going on. I know lots of people that use food, alcohol, drugs, sex, etc. to cope with deeper issues. We're all in various levels of discomfort. No one feels 100% okay about their body … and if you do, then you're the weirdo.feedback

Robb Cowie - Oregon Health Authority

In Oregon, every plan on the insurance exchange but one, which is affiliated with a religious organization, offers abortion coverage. In other words, virtually all Oregonians would be ineligible for tax credits if the bill is passed.feedback

John Oliver

Yes, this was a clusterfuck or, to be more precise, a crumpet-fuck, of epic proportions. Theresa May is hanging onto her job by a thread. To stay in power, she's attempting to cut a distasteful deal with the DUP, a hardline anti-gay, anti-abortion party in Northern Ireland, which has opened her up to even more criticism. Meanwhile, there are rumors of a leadership challenge from within her own party by Boris Johnson, a grown man who perpetually looks like a seven-year-old who just spun in circles for three minutes and is about to throw up.feedback

Arlene Foster

I would not want abortion to be as freely available here as it is in England. You might get a debate I suppose on further reduction of abortion times as medical science advances.feedback

Elizabeth Nash - Guttmacher Institute

This new law is important because it says to women that you are important, that you have the ability to decide when to have a child, and the state supports you in making the decision that is best for you and your family.feedback

Sanya Richards-Ross

[Ross] explained to me that he was just as burdened by the decision as I was. He believed that our child in 2008 was a blessing we had rejected by always wanting to be in control.feedback

Cecile Richards

There's a lot of anxiety among women right now, particularly in the heartland of America where they are desperately concerned about losing access to affordable health care. I think it's really great when they see an iconic star like Allison on a programme like this dealing with the same issues that we deal with in our clinics every day. It's not incidental that Gemma and Allison are women at the top of their procession. That speaks to a lot of women who maybe come to Planned Parenthood because they're just trying to figure out how to take that next step.feedback

Heather Busby - Hulu

We used that symbol to draw attention to the fact that Texas is passing such restrictive abortion laws.feedback

Andrea Miller

We are on the cusp of seeing another push, a more aggressive push at the state level to protect affordable access to contraception, just like we saw in the late '90s when women realized Viagra was getting coverage and birth control wasn't. The feds can set a floor. States can decide to do better.feedback

Jeanne Mancini - Pro-Life

Getting free birth control from Planned Parenthood . . . is not the means for her to achieve the American Dream. That's a really reductive view of the American Dream.feedback

Deja Foxx

So I'm wondering, as a Planned Parenthood patient and someone who relies on Title X, who you are clearly not, why it's your right to take away my right to choose Planned Parenthood?feedback

Elizabeth Nash - Guttmacher Institute

Texas legislation on abortion is typically amplified because the state can be a beacon for restrictions nationwide.feedback

Eric Greitens

Politicians are trying to make it illegal, for example, for pro-life organizations to say that they just want to hire pro-life Missourians.feedback

Alison Dreith

Make no mistake about it. The intent behind the governor's actions is to shame women for their personal medical decisions and make basic reproductive health care harder to access.feedback

Naomi Teeter

My first time being in a doctor's office as an adult was at Planned Parenthood for my abortion. I was utterly ashamed of myself for acting irresponsibly with my boyfriend, the size of my body, and the fact that I knew zero about my health while trying to fill out intake forms – I didn't even know my height. Like many people who totally transform their bodies, I did all kinds of things to prove I was a stronger, different person than I used to be.feedback

Elizabeth Nash - Guttmacher Institute

By taking this step Delaware will be the first state since the election to protect abortion rights.feedback

Jessica Borcky

But the governor supports the rights and protections afforded women under Roe v. Wade.feedback

Allison Janney

It's not just about our donation, but also to raise awareness of what's happening, and encourage other people to donate as well. But our show deals with many issues that are polarizing to a lot of people. I think for most of the viewers who are hard-core fans of 'Mom,' our support of Planned Parenthood will give them all the more reason to watch.feedback

Cecile Richards

It's not incidental that Gemma and Allison are women at the top of their procession. That speaks to a lot of women who maybe come to Planned Parenthood because they're just trying to figure out how to take that next step. We've been in the cross-hairs of this Congress and this White House for the last several months. But women all across this country can't believe that an organization that is providing health care to one in five women in America is now at risk of not being able to serve patients anymore. We're fighting very hard to keep that from happening.feedback

Sanya Richards-Ross

In that moment, it seemed like no choice at all. The debate of when life begins swirled through my head, and the veil of a child out of wedlock at the prime of my career seemed unbearable. What would my sponsors, my family, my church, and my fans think of me? Abortion would now forever be a part of my life. A scarlet letter I never thought I'd wear. I was a champion – and not just an ordinary one, but a world-class, record-breaking champion. From the heights of that reality I fell into a depth of despair.feedback

Sanya Richards-Ross

The name of the book is called 'Chasing Grace.' Chasing is something I've been doing all my life. I'm chasing gold medals; I'm chasing records, and chasing the best version of myself. So, for me, if I didn't share the toughest moment in my life where I felt God's grace the most, it would be disingenuous to this journey. I think there are lots of young girls who experience this especially female athletes. I look forward to having more discussions about it and helping young women heal from it.feedback

Sanya Richards-Ross

I made a decision that broke me, and one from which I would not immediately heal. Abortion would now forever be a part of my life. A scarlet letter I never thought I'd wear. I was a champion– and not just an ordinary one, but a world-class, record-breaking champion. From the heights of that reality I fell into a depth of despair. I always harbored some resentment toward Ross. It was our mess-up, but I felt abandoned in the decision. It was like by not saying anything, neither agreeing nor opposing, he kept his conscience clear, but it wasn't fair. We were in it together.feedback

Moira Sheridan

We will exert the same pressure upon Governor Carney, a Catholic, to uphold the sanctity of life for those innocent unborn children whose lives depend upon his vetoing this radical bill.feedback

Kelly Blanchard

There just aren't enough services that are available in some places. Planned Parenthood might be the only family-planning provider.feedback

Maya Rupert - Center for Reproductive Rights

The precedent the AHCA sets is a really difficult thing to ignore. As resilient and strong and committed as Planned Parenthood is, I don't know what it would take to come back from this once [defunding] becomes the new normal.feedback

Cecile Richards

The single biggest reason why women can participate in our economy is because they can plan their families. Most of our patients are young people. They are digitally native. Everything has changed.feedback

Maureen Ferguson

If you go to work for nuns, you're not going to expect contraception coverage in your health care.feedback

Marjorie Dannenfelser

No one, including religious orders like the Little Sisters of the Poor or groups like Susan B. Anthony List, should be forced to be complicit in the provision of abortion-inducing drugs and devices.feedback

Jeremy Paxman

I think there is a deformación profesional that affects a lot of them that makes it difficult for them to have an unencumbered relationship with the truth. However, let's face it, it is an important job. The pope would be great. I'd like to challenge him on the question of contraception, abortion. I'd like to talk about papal authority, population control, migration. I think that it would be fascinating. I think he'd be more interesting than most and I think you'd probably get pretty straight answers, as far as he saw them.feedback

Natoshia Askelson

We have federally qualified health centers, Planned Parenthood, free clinics. These are the [providers] who are supporting to make sure people don't completely fall and crash to the ground. That takes a big piece out.feedback

Alexandra Rucinski

A lot of times it's their children who end up in the clinic and need help. I was one of them. Planned Parenthood gave me the information that the adults in my life never did.feedback

Maddi Runkles

I told on myself. I asked for forgiveness. I asked for help. Some pro-life people are against the killing of unborn babies, but they won't speak out in support of the girl who chooses to keep her baby. Honestly, that makes me feel like maybe the abortion would have been better. Then, they would have just forgiven me, rather than deal with this visible consequence.feedback

Monika Bickert - Facebook

Keeping people on Facebook safe is the most important thing we do. We work hard to make Facebook as safe as possible while enabling free speech. This requires a lot of thought into detailed and often difficult questions, and getting it right is something we take very seriously. In addition to investing in more people, we're also building better tools to keep our community safe. We're going to make it simpler to report problems to us, faster for our reviewers to determine which posts violate our standards, and easier for them to contact law enforcement if someone needs help.feedback

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

Monika Bickert - Facebook

Keeping people on Facebook safe is the most important thing we do. (Founder) Mark Zuckerberg recently announced that over the next year, we'll be adding 3,000 people to our community operations team around the world – on top of the 4,500 we have today – to review the millions of reports we get every week, and improve the process for doing it quickly. In addition to investing in more people, we're also building better tools to keep our community safe.feedback

Sophy Ridge - Sky News

I'm just asking you a very straight question about whether you think abortion is wrong? I believe abortion should be safe, legally accessible. That's what I believed then, that's what I believe now. Let's talk about things that are going to affect our children's future now.feedback

Tim Loughton

This appears to show that Facebook's control over content on its platform is in complete chaos. Clearly they need to clarify the rules of what is 'in' or what is 'out' and make sure they have sufficient moderator capacity to implement it transparently and fairly.feedback

Brad Wilcox

You have these two competing values. On the one hand, the school is seeking to maintain some kind of commitment to what has classically been called chastity – or today might be called abstinence. At the same time, there's an expectation in many Christian circles that we are doing all that we can to honor life.feedback

Rick Kempton

There's a biblical term that many Christian schools use, and it is the whole idea of grace: What would Jesus do? She's making the right choice. But you don't want to create a celebration that makes other young ladies feel like, Well, that seems like a pretty good option.feedback

Jessica Klick

I went into an abortion clinic knowing I shouldn't, and God was the last thing on my mind.feedback

Kristan Hawkins

She made the courageous decision to choose life, and she definitely should not be shamed. There has got to be a way to treat a young woman who becomes pregnant in a graceful and loving way.feedback

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

Elizabeth Nash - Guttmacher Institute

There have been many statements out of this administration about its hostility toward Planned Parenthood. So this move by Texas is really testing all of that.feedback

Blanca Murillo

A strong Healthy Texas Women program should include Planned Parenthood. I'm asking the state to choose the health of Texas women – which it has a duty to protect – over scoring political points.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

Erika Thompson

Long-acting reversible contraception, which includes intrauterine devices and contraceptive implants, is one of the most effective ways to prevent pregnancy. While these methods are good at preventing pregnancy, there is no protection for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). One of the key findings is that condom use is lower among women using LARC methods compared to other forms of birth control (e.g., pill). Thus, LARC users may be placing themselves at risk for an STI because they are not using condoms for prevention.feedback

Barbara M. Gripshover

It is an interesting study though I do not think the findings are surprising. People choose LARC for many reasons, including that they, or their partner, do not like condoms. More people chose this method who were in a relationship and therefore thought to be at less risk for STIs.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

Susan Collins

It's not the only issue in this huge bill, but I certainly think that it's not fair and it is a mistake to defund Planned Parenthood. But it's one of many issues. The House bill is not going to come before us. The Senate is starting from scratch. We're going to draft our own bill, and I'm convinced that we're going to take the time to do it right.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

Nancy Northup - Center for Reproductive Rights

Trump's plan is dangerous for women's health and our ability to make decisions about our futures and our families. From gutting maternity coverage to blocking women from getting health care at Planned Parenthood to eliminating guaranteed coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, the measure passed today will drive health care out of reach for millions.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

Adrienne Mansanares - Planned Parenthood

To block Planned Parenthood is clearly a political move to single out one nonprofit business and to say anyone who is using their insurance to go to their trusted medical provider there, you can no longer use your insurance.feedback

Nancy Northup - Center for Reproductive Rights

President Trump's executive order discriminates against women and robs them of essential preventive care. Without health coverage of contraception under the ACA, countless women will lose their basic right to prevent pregnancy and plan when they have children.feedback

Lena Dunham

When the healthcare of so many American women, especially our trans sisters, is at-risk – or already nonexistent – I am lucky to be in the position to seek help when I'm in pain. To those in that privileged spot – never forget that we are blessed and can pay it forward by supporting Planned Parenthood and LGBTQ clinics like Callen-Lorde.feedback

Nita Lowey

It's imperative to note what this bill does not contain. Not one cent for President Trump's border wall and no poison pill riders that would have prevented so-called sanctuary cities from receiving federal grants, defunded Planned Parenthood, [or] undermined the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Chuck Schumer

A man who was the lead sponsor of legislation to make it easier for businesses to discriminate against the LGBTQ community; opposes gay marriage, which is the law of the land; believes being transgender is a 'disease;' supports constricting access to legal contraception; and makes deeply troubling comments about Muslims is the wrong choice to lead America's Army.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

Cecile Richards

This Gala is a powerful reminder that Planned Parenthood has been around for 100 years and will continue to be here for the people who rely on us, no matter what. One hundred years of care, education, and activism have changed everything, and we will not rest until access to health care and rights is a reality for all people.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

Marjorie Dannenfelser

Prioritising funding away from Planned Parenthood to comprehensive health care alternatives is a winning issue. 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

Brigitte Amiri

To be honest, I think it's more of a 'kicking the can down the road' than anything else. We're deeply concerned that, ultimately, the Trump administration is going to weaken or eliminate the contraception coverage requirement, but I don't see this particular court filing as indicating anything, really, one way or the other.feedback

Eric Rassbach

It is now high time for the Department of Justice to admit defeat and dismiss this appeal. This Court should therefore allow the current stay to expire as scheduled on April 24.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

Andrea Miller

The fact that it's predominantly considered a male method of contraception, it's not surprising that it is predominantly men that are purchasing it.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

Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.

We've had a great session. We worked with the governor, sent him 27 bills; he vetoed one. We've had big bills on Planned Parenthood, on voting and health care and the environment. We fully funded the budget; we fully funded education; we protected the environment.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

Shonda Rhimes

The fact that I've never had to use a Planned Parenthood, the fact that I've never been in need of medical services I couldn't afford or didn't have access to, doesn't mean I shouldn't be concerned about the fact that other women don't have that access. I think that's important.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

Cecile Richards

One in five women has gone to Planned Parenthood for care in her lifetime. Every single member of Congress represents a Planned Parenthood patient, former patient, or supporter. You cannot attack Planned Parenthood without serious consequences.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

Kristan Hawkins

We had all these people who said they were pro-life, who didn't know what Planned Parenthood was, and didn't know they committed abortions.feedback

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