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Video Round Up: PPFA President Discusses Colo. Clinic Shooting; Researcher Delves Into Report on Self-Induced Abortion in Texas

Video Round Up: PPFA President Discusses Colo. Clinic Shooting; Researcher Delves Into Report on Self-Induced Abortion in Texas

December 4, 2015 — In today's clips, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow hears from Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in the wake of a deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. Elsewhere, HuffPost Live! talks with Daniel Grossman, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California-San Francisco, about a report that finds at least 100,000 Texas women have attempted to terminate a pregnancy without medical assistance.

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On MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," Rachel Maddow sits down with Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards to discuss a recent shooting that killed three and injured nine at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado.

Noting that this incident is "the kind of circumstance that we plan for but hope never happens," Richards says Planned Parenthood "will be looking at everything we can learn from this to improve security for our patients and staff. That is our highest priority." She also praised the resilience of Planned Parenthood's staff, noting, "The next day actually even despite the tragedy of Friday health centers were open in Colorado, they were open all across the country providing health care to women."

Later in the interview, Richards discusses the relationship between antiabortion-rights rhetoric and violence, noting, "I do think it's time for people in the country, elected officials, leaders, people who want to be president of the United States to really think carefully about the way they talk about health care providers in this country, the way they demonize women and the decisions they make about their pregnancies ... I do believe words have consequences " (Maddow, "The Rachel Maddow Show," MSNBC, 11/30).


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HuffPost Live!'s Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani hears from Daniel Grossman, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California-San Francisco, about a Texas Policy Evaluation Project report that estimates between 100,000 and 240,000 Texas women have tried to terminate a pregnancy without medical assistance.

Grossman, a co-investigator with TxPEP, explains that the survey asked women whether "they had ever" attempted a self-induced abortion, so the study "cannot say ... whether this is becoming more common since" parts of Texas' 2013 omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) took effect. He notes that while the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge against parts of HB 2, "Texas [actually] has put in a variety of restrictions on accessing abortion care over the past 10 years, and so any of them may be pushing women to decide to do this."

Grossman also notes that 18 women interviewed in depth as part of the study said they tried to self-induce abortion for reasons including cost, travel, clinic closures and abortion stigma. "We want people to know that we really think that as access to clinic-based care becomes more and more difficult in Texas, we suspect that [efforts to self-induce abortions] will become more and more common," he said (Modarressy-Tehrani, HuffPost Live!, 11/19).