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The attack on abortion rights

It's been 39 years since the Roe vs. Wade decision, but women still have to worry about losing their reproductive rights. Abortions make up only 3% of Planned Parenthood's health services for women. Yet abortion seems to be 100% of what we hear about when opponents of reproductive rights threaten to dismantle or pull funding from the organization. In July, The Times' editorial board warned: "Abortion rights may be secure in California, but outside this state's boundaries, they require vigilant defense from these continuing attacks." The board pointed to hostility across the country, including in such states as Mississippi, where there's only one abortion clinic, and Indiana, where a law threatened to prevent Planned Parenthood patients from using Medicaid to pay for services. The Republican Party platform didn't help matters. It predictably stuck to its antiabortion plank, calling for a constitutional amendment to protect "human life" and gave props to states like Virginia, which try to dissuade women from having abortions by requiring ultrasound exams first. Timothy Bullard / Grants Pass Daily Courier / Associated Press
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