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The Line: The Language Used To Debate Abortion

December 4, 2015 – The recent shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado raised new questions about the words used to describe abortion and abortion providers across the country.

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains released a statement, including the following:

“We share the concerns of many Americans that the continued attacks against abortion providers and patients, as well as law enforcement officers, is creating a poisonous environment that breeds acts of violence. But, we will never back away from providing critical health care to millions of people who rely on and trust us every day.”

This week’s Line opinion panelists debate whether language used to demonize providers could contribute to violence at clinics that provide abortions, including here in New Mexico.

Dede Feldman, former New Mexico state senator
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Tom Garrity, Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of