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January 31, 2012

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Despite data stating that only three percent of the services provided by Planned Parenthood across the country are abortion procedures (compared with 16 percent devoted to cancer screening or 35 percent to contraception), conservatives have succeeded in making Planned Parenthood synonymous with abortion. And abortion stigma is contagious. It makes groups like Komen want to disassociate themselves from it and to leave Planned Parenthood alone in its quarantine. At Ipas, a group working only on the issue of abortion, we know a little something about stigma. It begins with identifying and isolating the stigmatizing condition.

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