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    South Dakota Shenanigans

    Planned Parenthood: Not #WorsethanISIS

    And it's insane we even have to state that.

    Meet Isaac Latterell. He’s a South Dakota state legislator you’ve probably never heard of, who wants to ban abortion, so he’s pushing an extreme bill through the state legislature—and getting some attention for it by claiming that Planned Parenthood is “worse than ISIS.”

    You read that right, and it’s not a story in The Onion.

  • Kermit Gosnell, 72 (right), gets escorted to a van leaving the Criminal Justice Center after getting convicted on three counts of first degree murder on May 13, 2013, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Yong Kim/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT, via Landov, YONG KIM)

    Gosnell’s Real Lessons

    Gosnell ran a criminal enterprise, not a health-care facility, write Dayle Steinberg and Eric Ferrero of Planned Parenthood.

    By now, most Americans have heard about Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted in Pennsylvania for three murders, one case of involuntary manslaughter, and a slew of other charges. It is a shocking and gruesome case.

    The indictment against him laid out nearly 300 pages of brutal crimes against desperate women who came to him seeking medical care, including safe abortion, and were instead subjected to unthinkable conditions.

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    Word Play

    Call It By Its Name: Abortion

    Enough with the euphemisms, it’s time to forthrightly defend the right to an abortion, writes Jessica Arons of the Center for American Progress.

    Planned Parenthood recently released research indicating that the terms “pro-life” and “pro-choice” do not really resonate with most people.  That has left many supporters of abortion rights asking what should we use if not the word “choice”?  I welcome this conversation as, too often, the term “choice” has been used as a euphemism for abortion because of the stigma and shame that have built up around the issue. 

    As we approach the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that recognized the constitutional right to abortion, I urge people who care about this issue not to shy away from the word “abortion” itself. We should resist the urge to hide behind allusions to “women’s health,” “choice,” and “Roe” when we’re really talking about abortion only. While abortion absolutely should be set within a greater context of women’s health, it should not be buried by it.