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Jillian Merchant
This will remove the current rigmarole of a woman requiring to attend the hospital to be provided with the first pill and then sent home. Only to require to go back to the hospital to be administered the second pill and then sent back home again. It will end the horrendous experience of abortions commencing on public transport due to outdated legislation which takes no account of medical advances or the reality of women's lives.feedback
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Oct 26 2017
Cecile Richards, Ilyse Hogue and Ian Harvie, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Abortion. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 378 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 580 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Cecile Richards is: “However another court has said it is unsuitable for lawmakers to direct where ladies can go for their social insurance. This case is about the general population who depend on us for fundamental care each day. We won't remain for these assaults on our patient's' entitlement to social insurance, and Planned Parenthood will battle for our patients every step of the way.”.
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Brigitte Amiri

We should never have had to go all the way to a full appellate court to say what we know is the law: that the government can't ban abortion for anybody.feedback

Grainne Teggart

We cannot continue with a situation that denies women choice, autonomy and treats women as second class citizens. Politicians have failed women. They have failed to protect their rights, they have failed to value their lives enough to change Northern Ireland's discriminatory law.feedback

Bonyen Lee-Gilmore - Planned Parenthood

This is about making it as difficult as possible to obtain an abortion. Abortion access is chipped away one seemingly moderate restriction at a time.feedback

Josh Hawley

SB5 enacts sensible regulations that protect the health of women in Missouri and we will continue to vigorously defend these.feedback

Les Allamby

This case has the opportunity to bring about a real change to the law on termination of pregnancy in Northern Ireland. The Commission began its legal challenge in 2015 as we want women and girls in Northern Ireland to have the choice of accessing a termination of pregnancy locally in circumstances of serious malformation of the foetus, rape or incest, without getting a criminal record or facing going to prison.feedback

Liam Gibson

The Commission is waging a legal battle to overturn laws in Northern Ireland which protect unborn children from being aborted simply because they have a disability.feedback

Stella Creasy

Today we took a step forward in addressing that injustice. But today we also pledge to keep standing with them until they have equal access to abortion services in Northern Ireland itself - our sisters need to have their human rights to be upheld and we won't give up until they have so.feedback

Justine Greening - Treasury

The funding will be accessed via a grant scheme that will be administered by the Department of Health. The cost of this service will be met by the Government Equalities Office with additional funding provided by HM Treasury. A small number of procedures will continue to be provided through the NHS where this is necessary for medical reasons.feedback

Les Allamby

This case is of great significance in the UK and internationally, just four months after our appeal, the supreme court has granted an expedited hearing. An independent working group of the United Nations will also provide evidence to the court. This is extremely rare. Many others will also share their own experiences through the court hearings. We commend those who have come forward as we know it is not easy to tell such personal stories.feedback

Brigitte Amiri

What they are actually doing is supplanting their decision about what J.D. should do with her pregnancy. And that is not acting in her best interest. And that is actually a veto power over J.D.'s decision.feedback

Tanya Chutkan

I am astounded by that position. I have to tell you, I'm astounded that the government is going to make this 17-year-old girl who has received judicial authorization for a medical procedure to which she is constitutionally authorized choose between a pregnancy that she does not want to go forward with to term or returning to the country from which she left. Those are her options. And is it your position that that does not constitute a substantial obstacle? She can leave the country or she cannot get her abortion, those are her options?feedback

E. Scott Lloyd

I suggest that the American people make a deal with women: So long as you are using the condom, pill or patch I am providing with my money, you are going to promise not to have an abortion if the contraception fails, which it often does. You will put the baby up for adoption if you don't want him or her. We can do this by having the woman sign a pledge.feedback

Brigitte Amiri

The amount of opposition to this young women's abortion is just astounding. And they continue to double down over and over again. Every step of the way, I think at some point justice will prevail and there will be some sense from the federal government that the rule of law prohibits what they're doing, but they keep taking it to the next level.feedback

Ken Paxton

An unlawfully-present alien with no substantial ties to this country has no constitutional right to abortion on demand. Texas has a legitimate and substantial intereset in preserving and promoting fetal life. Texas must not become a sanctuary state for abortions.feedback

Tanya Chutkan

The government certainly had no problem taking her against her will to receive pregnancy counseling, which was designed to change her mind. The government didn't seem to have any problem facilitating that.feedback

Brigitte Amiri

At last, our client will be able to get the care she needs without federal officials standing in the way. Her courage and perseverance are incredible, but no one should have to go to court to get a safe, legal abortion. And no one should be held hostage to the extreme anti-abortion views of a handful of government officials.feedback

Brigitte Amiri

It's unprecedented, it's unconstitutional, and it's also unconscionable. Blocking access to abortion for unaccompanied minors is downright cruel.feedback

Lana Dadu

There are a lot of those stories and they are terrifying. Everything is going on in Poland underground, it works very well for abortion.feedback

Lana Dadu

They say it was because of doctors were saying it's against my conscience to do that, I'm Catholic, I can't do that.feedback

Eliza Rutynowska

We are of course seeing some counter-action: signatures are being collected to introduce a draft bill for the liberalisation of abortion laws, but quite honestly it is impossible to be passed today.feedback

Dorota Kawęcka

The awareness is bigger and while they might not call themselves feminists more people are thinking about it.feedback

Eliza Rutynowska

The NGOs targeted, BABA Foundation and the Center of Women's Rights, seem to agree that the actions conducted were clearly repressive in their nature. The impact is immense, a chilling effect has taken place, because crucial documentation was taken, no work can be done by the NGOs, which are very much needed.feedback

Eliza Rutynowska

It can only get worse, and I personally believe the government will pass the ban on abortion because of the deformity or disability of the fetus, since it clearly takes into consideration the wishes of the Catholic Church.feedback

Dorota Kawęcka

So in the official statistics we have very small numbers [of legal abortions]. And the number of abortions because of rape is tiny because most women don't report it to the police because they know they will not get much help. Or they know the person who did it. And it's also much quicker to have it underground in Slovakia than to go to hospital here where you will be sent from one doctor to another by which time it's too late. It's causing them to reflect about what's happening and a lot of them realise that where things are decided is the parliament.feedback

Eliza Rutynowska

On a positive side note, more and more girls and women are becoming aware of their rights. They are not moving abroad, but staying and fighting for those rights.feedback

Lana Dadu

I wasn't an activist until October 3 last year, I was just a girl that had four miscarriages. When I was coming out with my story, I heard lots of similar stories. There were a lot of girls saying the law wasn't working – they were raped and they didn't get an abortion.feedback

Jennifer Willis

This is a women's march. We're supposed to be allies in equal pay, marriage, abortion. Why is it now about, White women don't understand black women'?feedback

Jason Tougaw

My family feels comfortable living on the edge. If things run too smoothly, they tend to sabotage them. Distance loosened my lips. I talked about my mother's near abortion with me in Mexico, living on a converted school bus, growing up poor in the shadow of luxury. People kept asking: 'Why aren't you more fucked up? Why are you so different from the people who raised you?' So, I wanted to get to the bottom of it, work out how I avoided the worst of their fates and crack our family history open. And, at the same time, try to answer the deeper, more universal question – how did I become me?feedback

Anthony McCarthy

The Abortion Act does not in fact permit abortion on demand so it is very significant that so many people polled believe this is exactly what we have.feedback

Ilyse Hogue

Among the rank-and-file groups that make up the majority of the Democratic base, there is really no split on abortion rights.feedback

Trevor Noah

This has been a particularly rough week so I thought we'd end it off with something lighter, so let's talk about abortion. Trust me, whether you're pro-life or pro-choice, everyone is going to be pro-this story because it's hilarious.feedback

Trevor Noah

If you're wondering how on earth could someone say those things about abortion in public and then in private urge his side-chick to have an abortion, well, his excuse is going to take you for a ride.feedback

Trevor Noah

The same week he puts up an abortion ban, this dude's timing could not be worse. Just so you know, Murphy's mistress wasn't actually pregnant, it was just a scare, which makes this even funnier. He didn't even wait a day to confirm it before he abandoned his whole belief system.feedback

Paul Ryan

It was Dr. Murphy's decision to move on to the next chapter of his life, and I support it. We thank him for his many years of tireless work on mental health issues here in Congress and his service to the country as a naval reserve officer. I've spoken with Tim quite a bit last couple of days. I think it's appropriate that he moves on to the next chapter of his life. And I think he agrees with that.feedback

Paul Ryan

This afternoon I received a letter of resignation from Congressman Tim Murphy, effective October 21. It was Dr. Murphy's decision to move on to the next chapter of his life, and I support it. We thank him for his many years of tireless work on mental health issues here in Congress and his service to the country as a naval reserve officer.feedback

Tim Murphy

After discussions with my family and staff, I have come to the decision that I will not seek reelection to Congress at the end of my current term. Last year I became involved in an affair with a personal friend. This is nobody's fault but my own, and I offer no excuses. To the extent that there should be any blame in this matter, it falls solely upon me.feedback

Anthony McCarthy

Professor Regan's suggestions seek to trivialise abortion and show no desire to make it more rare or any realisation that abortion is even regrettable. Easier availability is likely to lead to increased use and an undermining of positive strategies that can assist women.feedback

Lesley Regan

Individual doctors should be allowed to provide the assessment in the same way as when they treat their patients without the need to consult another doctor.feedback

Anthony McCarthy

Why is Professor Regan assuming abortion is such a boon to women that it needs to be instantly available with no time for second thoughts or offers of help? If accepted, these proposals will help drive out of reproductive healthcare nurses and midwives who simply want to help women have their babies and get the support they need.feedback

Lesley Regan

There are a lot of women now who are finding that there are big barriers to them accessing [a] swift response to their request [for an early abortion]. Many women and girls are finding it difficult to access. The current need for two doctors' signatures to certify that a woman is approved to undergo an abortion causes unnecessary delays in women's access to abortion services. There are no other situations where either competent men or women require permission from two third parties to make a personal healthcare decision.feedback

Ailbhe Smyth

What we actually say to women is, Abortion is wrong, thou shalt not have an abortion because it's a crime. However, we don't mind if you go to some other country and have an abortion, and you can come back to Ireland and we won't prosecute you for that. We can pretend it doesn't happen here, but it does. It's just that we outsource the doing to another country.feedback

Emer O'Toole

The reality at this point is that the vast majority of people in Ireland support some change to our current abortion regime … but they don't support the idea that women should be able to have an abortion on request, even in the first trimester of pregnancy. I wasn't pro-choice on leaving school, because I couldn't have been. There's no way you could have left my secondary school in the west of Ireland and been pro-choice.feedback

Emer O'Toole

There is no doubt that Ireland's Catholic history and the strength of the Catholic Church in Ireland right now has an influence on our relationship to things like women's reproductive rights. However, when people think about why they are opposed to abortion, I don't think their minds go to 'because the priest said so' anymore.feedback

Greg Mueller

Since 2010, the GOP has [run] in every election promising to repeal and replace Obamacare, secure the border, provide tax reform and relief, end taxpayer funding of abortion, appoint constitutionalist judges, and grow the economy again. Other than confirming Justice [Neil] Gorsuch, the GOP so far has nothing to show for earning the majority.feedback

Maeve O'Reilly

We're really confident that the Irish public will engage with this issue, will have a good debate and people will begin to see that abortion is already happening. It's just not happening in Ireland. And the time has come to kind of wake up to that and do better for our women and offer this care at home, rather than exiling them to other countries. It might be framed that way in the media, but hopefully people will engage in respectful debate and work out all the nuances of the issue rather than it being so cut and dry.feedback

Maeve O'Reilly

These journeys, which are often taken in silence and are very stigmatised and shameful in the eyes of our government, we wanted to make them visible by making these physical marks on the pavement here today.feedback

Lisa Byrne

It isn't just young women in their 20s with trendy haircuts out here. It's everyone. I just saw a group of lads on their own, no women with them, who were marching together. You wouldn't have seen that years ago.feedback

Lisa Byrne

I think with the marriage equality, it was something that no one was scared to speak out on, but this is a very personal thing that people are more hesitant to speak about. That is not just an Irish thing, it's international.feedback

Sarah Murphy

Government ministers have suggested only the most restrictive terms will pass, but I think the people want more than that. Ireland is changing. I don't think you would have seen a march like this a few years ago.feedback

Evelyn Sanguinetti

As a pro-life Republican, I disagree with the Governor's decision to sign HB 40. I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for a 15-year-old refugee who chose to have me and keep me.feedback

Bruce Rauner

I understand abortion is a very emotional issue with passionate opinions on both sides. I sincerely respect those who believe abortion is morally wrong. They are good people motivated by principle. But, as I have always said, I believe a woman should have the right to make that choice herself and I do not believe that choice should be determined by income. I do not think it's fair to deny poor women the choice that wealthy women have.feedback

Bela Gunatra - World Health Organization

Safe abortion is a very safe procedure. It can be provided at primary health care level. It isn't even necessary that it has to be a procedure. Now you can use tablets. There is nothing that requires this to be highly resourced. It is a very safe method that women are taking into their own hands.feedback

Gilda Sedgh - Guttmacher Institute

There was no evidence that the Gag rule resulted in a decrease in the incidence of abortion. Looking forward we can only predict, based on the past, that that's how it might play out.feedback

Clare Lanigan

We are worried that the politicians may try and push a question on the ballot that would only allow abortion in exceptions-based cases, for example only in cases of rape or fatal fetal abnormality. So we still have to keep pushing, and not assume that just because we have a referendum the fight is over. In fact, in many ways it's only just beginning.feedback

Colm O'Gorman - Amnesty International

The government's commitment to hold a referendum is welcome, but it must also put forward a proposal for constitutional change which fully respects and protects the human rights of women and girls in Ireland. Women and girls must also have access to abortion in later pregnancy, as required under international human rights law.feedback

Leo Varadkar

Any amendment to our constitution requires careful consideration by the people. They should be given ample time to consider the issues and to take part in a well-informed public debate. Setting a timetable for the referendum to be held over the next two years will allow all involved in campaigning on the issues to plan ahead and to facilitate that public debate.feedback

Leo Varadkar

The indicative proposal is to have a standalone referendum on the eighth amendment in May or June next year. We'll very much follow on from the recommendations of the all-party committee which is considering the matter, and they've a deadline to report by Christmas.feedback

Lila Rose

This wasn't about a single issue with one ad. This was about the entirety of our pro-life message, from ultrasound images of life in the womb to criticism of abortion facilities. Twitter's self-stated purpose is to 'give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers'. They are completely violating that. Twitter should lift the ban, or be honest with the public and their users: There are certain messages they don't agree with that they won't run.feedback

June Carbone

The cultural reinforcement, people relying on contraception and abortion, reinforces a norm, that you don't have the kid with the wrong guy.feedback

Anthony McCarthy

By supporting a campaign to trivialise abortion, i.e. a lethal attack upon an unborn child, the leadership [RCOG] has betrayed the Hippocratic principles and opened the door to a laissez-faire and in effect deregulated abortion industry.feedback

Pete Slevin

It's not just that Twitter is saying, as a practical matter, that we're going to 'regulate' your Tweets, they're also seeming to 'regulate' what Live Action is posting on its own website. Seems like for reasons unknown, Twitter has erred recently on the side of avoiding offense.feedback

Mallory Quigley

Their voice is far too important to be silenced. We remain vigilant about anything that could threaten our ability to effectively communicate the pro-life message.feedback

Wendy Melillo

Abortion is one of those hot button controversial wedge issues that divides us, and Twitter has the right to accept or reject ads based on its own standards. At the end of the day, Twitter is a business and seems to be following a similar pattern long-established by the networks. There's a danger that they could appear to be biased on one side of the abortion issue or the other.feedback

Kiran Eyre

Abortion is undeniably a controversial topic but at present the legal position is a fair compromise in a challenging ethical field. Radically changing our laws, which should strive to protect both the viable foetus and mother, is a dangerous step towards undermining both how we value human life and how we treat our patients.feedback

Lesley Regan

Currently, if a woman ends her pregnancy without the permission of two doctors, she can be sentenced to life in prison. The increasingly easy availability of abortifacients [drugs that induce abortions] online makes this scenario far more likely than in the past. No other medical procedure in the UK is so out of step with clinical and technological developments.feedback

Kiran Eyre

We all expect to be protected from external threat and damage to our bodies under the criminal law; the potentially sentient foetus should be afforded similar rights. Decriminalisation is a radical step that cannot be reconciled with our principle of non-maleficence as the evidence currently stands.feedback

Lesley Regan

I want to be clear that decriminalisation does not mean deregulation and abortion services should be subject to regulatory and professional standards, in line with other medical procedures. I strongly believe that the college has a responsibility to protect women's health by ensuring access to this key healthcare service.feedback

Jacob Rees-Mogg

I am completely opposed to abortion, life begins at the point of conception. With same-sex marriage, that is something that people are doing for themselves. With abortion, that is what people are doing to the unborn child.feedback

Philip Dunne

These new powers will help the CQC to shine a light on poor practice in services that for too long have had too many examples of substandard care. This is an important step forward in improving standards across a range of services and empowering patients to choose only those clinics they feel confident in. Giving a wider scope and more power to the CQC helps to end the lottery of poor practice in parts of the country and gets us closer to our goal of making the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world.feedback

David Behan - Care Quality Commission

CQC's ratings of health and care services are helping people to make informed choices about their care as well as supporting providers to improve - never before has the public had such clear information about the quality and safety of their health and care services. CQC already inspects and publishes reports for these providers and the ability to award a rating will bring increased transparency for the public about the quality and safety of these services.feedback

Gary Hamrick

God values life from the womb to the tomb, and we need to also protect life ourselves. And we need to do what we can to be involved in the political process, to protect life ourselves.feedback

Kate Steir

The choice is really, really stark. Ed Gillespie is very open about wanting to defund Planned Parenthood.feedback

Mallory Quigley

We want to see Democrats see this extremism on this issue as a political vulnerability.feedback

Andy Leighton

I believe in a woman's right to make decisions about her own life. And I believe it's under threat.feedback

Jesse Ferguson

It's so fundamentally different with a Republican in the White House and a national threat to Roe v. Wade, a threat that hasn't existed in a decade. This has animated and motivated a lot of voters to move this issue even higher up as a priority.feedback

Jacob Rees-Mogg

It's a very difficult question and one I can't answer. I don't know. But I think life is so important that even if the creation of it has taken place in difficult circumstances, that life should not be removed. Similarly, it's very difficult for families to bring up disabled children and one of the tragedies of abortion is that a disabled child who is as full a person as an able child is aborted routinely. And doesn't that lessen society's view of people with disabilities? And isn't it a great sadness?feedback

Jacob Rees-Mogg

I've never been invited to a gay wedding before, but I can't see why I'd decline. It's not for me to enforce my morals on others. If someone asked me to a drugs rave I'd refuse because it's illegal. The Catholic Church's teachings are authoritative. There is a moral absolute on abortion – that it is wrong. To take a life after a rape is not the answer. Life begins at the point of conception.feedback

Jacob Rees-Mogg

No, these are free vote matters as the Prime Minister said. I'm not trying to establish a theocracy [a government led by divine guidance]. These are my beliefs, but before I was born the legislation on abortion was settled. It's not going to be unsettled by me now.feedback

Chuka Umunna

I think in this day and age in modern Britain. Doesn't this feel a bit out of touch, a bit disconnected from modern Britain.feedback

Chuka Umunna

I won't criticise Jacob Rees-Mogg for expressing a view, but I find them completely disagreeable and out-of-touch with what modern Britain actually is.feedback

Yvette Cooper

The shocking thing is so many people in the Conservative Party seem to think he should be their next leader. I think that's an appalling thought.feedback

Yvette Cooper

The shocking thing is not really Jacob Rees-Mogg's personal views – he's entitled to them.feedback

Jacob Rees-Mogg

If the party doesn't agree with his sentiments that may well be a tipping point. Et unam, sanctam, catholicam et apostolicam Ecclesiam.feedback

Margot James - Small Business

Agree with @TimesOpinion about Jacob R-M who I like very much; but his views on pregnant women are utterly abhorrent.feedback

Jacob Rees-Mogg

I'm completely opposed to abortion. With same-sex marriage, that is something that people are doing for themselves, with abortion it's something that's done to someone else. Yes, I'm afraid so. Life is sacrosanct and begins at the point of conception.feedback

Jacob Rees-Mogg

I'm a Catholic; I take the teaching of the Catholic Church seriously. Marriage is a sacrament and the view of what marriage is is taken by the Church, not Parliament. I am completely opposed to abortion; life begins at the point of conception. With same-sex marriage, that is something that people are doing for themselves. With abortion, that is what people are doing to the unborn child.feedback

Jacob Rees-Mogg

You are significantly overstating it. This is all good silly season stuff, it was fun in August when there wasn't much news about. I fully support Mrs May, I want her to remain leader of the Tory party, there isn't a leadership election and if there were I would not be a candidate. The circumstances in which someone in my position would become leader of the party would not exist.feedback

Jacob Rees-Mogg

I am a backbench MP, in the history of the Prime Ministership [the job] has never gone to a backbench MP. The circumstances in which someone in my position would become leader of the party would not exist.feedback

Donald Cox

This is absolutely just another attempt to ban abortion in Kentucky.feedback

Fred Barnes - The Weekly Standard

Even Nancy Pelosi is open to dissent. But that approach carries risks of its own.feedback

Diana Philip

Without it, you're talking about people in the eastern United States traveling to Colorado and New Mexico.feedback

Diana Philip

I have spoken to Dr. Carhart and he is in the process of trying to get his facility operating. It will be the same clinic staff and they are hoping not to have any interruption in providing this service.feedback

Troy Newman

We were there the first day the dreadful Mr. Carhart showed up. And we are delighted to see him leave.feedback

Jimmy Connors

You are an abortion! Do you know that? ... Get the f***out of there!feedback

Joan C. Williams

Coalitions need compromise. But it’s coalitions that win, writes Joan C Williams, the author of White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America. Abortion rights are central to my identity. As an ambitious teenager, I wanted to have both a vital career and a vibrant intellectual life, and I felt that having a baby at the wrong time would doom me. I went on to a both a full career and motherhood. It all worked out for me, but only because I could control my fertility.feedback

Patricia Heaton

Iceland isn't actually eliminating Down Syndrome. They're just killing everybody that has it. Big difference. #Downsyndrome #Abortion.feedback

Cathy Warwick

If you have a caesarean section it doesn't mean that you're a failure. Something has happened in your birth that means you need some help and support, and it can still be a very positive experience.feedback

Karla Rubilar

There is a lot of conservatism in positions of power, and the Catholic Church still has a lot of power. That has impeded any progress.feedback

Jacqueline Van Rysselberghe

If this project is approved, the right to life from now on becomes relative. What is in a woman's uterus is a live human being that has a right to life.feedback

Karen Espíndola

Not only are women forced to be mothers, but we are forced to bear the death of a child! Is there anything more painful for a parent? Today, you have the chance to prevent more stories like mine. It could be your daughters, nieces or granddaughters.feedback

Karen Espíndola

I would ask, why is God punishing me this way? What have I done to deserve this?feedback

Karen Espíndola

If the state was forcing me to give birth to a baby that was going to die, then it had to take responsibility for its costs and consequences. But none of that ever happened. One neurologist at the public hospital told me not to bother taking so much care of my son, because he would die soon anyway.feedback

Karen Espíndola

My body was preparing for life, but my mind was preparing for death.feedback

Claudia Dides

It is all so cynical. Everyone knows you can buy it with a credit card, everyone knows there is a black market, and medical staff rarely report illegal abortions anymore. It is shameful that in 25 years, under democratic governments, we have been unable to restore a right women exercised even during dictatorship.feedback

Karen Espíndola

My youth, my life, my hopes, everything was smashed to pieces. They called me a murderer but no one loved Osvaldo more than I did. I was forced to watch my baby die. It was nothing less than state-sponsored torture.feedback

Karen Espíndola

A feeling of impotence and rage took over me. Why was this cruelty forced on me? Why make my baby suffer? What for? That feeling started making me sick.feedback

Meredith Kelly

The DCCC has no interest in working with Democrats for Life of America, despite their attempts. Protecting a woman's health care, her right to choose, and her economic security are fundamental tenets of the Democratic Party, and as long as Republicans control Congress and the White House those values are constantly at risk.feedback

Laura Moser

When the Democrats unveiled their 'Better Deal' last week, they focused on economic policies related to job creation, wages, and income inequality. That's all well and good, but they left abortion rights off the table, and what is abortion if not an economic issue?feedback

Sasha Bruce

The Democratic Party has and will always include people who don't personally believe that abortion is an option for them or their families. But the Democratic Party should draw the line on supporting legislators or candidates who seek to impose their personal views on their constituents and the country.feedback

Ben Ray Lujan

There is not a litmus test for Democratic candidates. As we look at candidates across the country, you need to make sure you have candidates that fit the district, that can win in these districts across America.feedback

Joel C. Hunter

I wanted to expand the issues from only moral ones – such as opposing abortion and redefining marriage – to include compassion issues such as poverty, justice, and creation care. We need to care as much for the vulnerable outside the womb as inside the womb.feedback

Michelle Bachelet

Today, women reclaimed a basic right that we never should have lost: being able to choose when we're living through painful moments.feedback

Claudia Dides

The Tribunal has the opportunity to dignify Chilean women by restoring a right they had until 1989, respecting their autonomy to make decisions in situations as painful as these three scenarios.feedback

Ilyse Hogue

Data shows that lots of people who identify as pro-life believe in legal access to abortion. You have people like Mario Cuomo who were staunchly pro-life but never voted that way – and who could speak eloquently about why. [Pennsylvania] Sen. Bob Casey seems like a nice guy, but he's winning elections in spite of his pro-life views, not because of them. Voters really respond well to people saying to them: Look, we disagree, but here's why I hold this position.feedback

Ilyse Hogue

The media has been framing this as a split between Democrats, and that's not what it is. Among the rank and file groups that make up the majority of the Democratic base, there is really no split on abortion rights.feedback

Meredith Kelly

The DCCC is working hard to take back the House so that Democrats can legislate on the values that our party has long held dear. Right now, that means finding candidates who are authentic and represent the values of the party, while fitting a wide variety of districts and connecting with those voters. Primary voters and local groups will ask candidates where they stand on the issues and select their nominees.feedback

Meredith Kelly

As long as Republicans control Congress and the White House, a woman's health care, her right to choose and her economic security are constantly at risk, and Democrats must continue to fight back every day.feedback

Bernie Sanders

We have got to appreciate where people come from and do our best to fight for the pro-choice agenda. But I think you just can't exclude people who disagree with us on one issue.feedback

Ilyse Hogue

The actions today by the DNC to embrace and support a candidate for office who will strip women – one of the most critical constituencies for the party – of our basic rights and freedom is not only disappointing, it is politically stupid. If Democrats think the path forward following the 2016 election is to support candidates who substitute their own judgement and ideology for that of their female constituents, they have learned all the wrong lessons and are bound to lose.feedback

Ranjana Das

So-called pro-life preachers, anti-abortion people, populist figures such as Nigel Farage were waiting to get a hold on to this. There are lots of people who are disaffected, who are feeling they need a cause to hold on to. It's a complex matter as to why people get so emotionally involved, because it comes from a place of general anguish, and people get really emotionally involved in it – like it's a soap opera narrative.feedback

Danielle Wells - Planned Parenthood Federation of America

This law was written by politicians, and not doctors, and is part of a national strategy to end access to abortion step by step and law by law.feedback

Zachary Ruff

You can go to Hell where they are too. They are not children. They are cells. Listen here son. I'm as gay as the day is long and twice as sunny. I don't give a f--- what Jesus tells me and what I should and should not be doing. Just because you choose to believe a book of fiction doesn't mean I have to. Prove it to me with science. ... You believe it, does not make it true. You and [President Donald] Trump can go to Hell.feedback

Rishma Dhillon Pai

It's going to be a very, very difficult situation either way, to bring about labor now or later. It is physically unsafe, because she's just not developed at all physically – her pelvic bones, structure, her ability to carry a child to term.feedback

Alakh Alok Srivastava

Going by the advanced stage of pregnancy, the court has declined to allow the abortion.feedback

Vanita Suri

At some stage of pregnancy, baby has earned the right to live.feedback

Cecile Richards

However another court has said it is unsuitable for lawmakers to direct where ladies can go for their social insurance. This case is about the general population who depend on us for fundamental care each day. We won't remain for these assaults on our patient's' entitlement to social insurance, and Planned Parenthood will battle for our patients every step of the way.feedback

Ernest Marshall

We have never been under siege like this. We have never had any question as to whether we would exist.feedback

Fiona Sturges

The subtle slights we’re seeing from first ladies such as Akie Abe are a clear departure from tradition• Fiona Sturges is a freelance arts writer. There are all manner of reasons why a woman,upon finding herself in the same room as Donald Trump, might wish to give him the swerve. There’s his propensity to condescend and talk over her; to rate her in terms of appearance; to publicly wonder whether she is menstruating; or, as he famously boasted in 2005, to simply “grab [her] by the pussy”. And that’s before she gets to his views on childcare, workplace equality and abortion. But how many of us, faced with the actual president of the United States, his tiny hand outstretched, would have the nerve to blank him?feedback

Maia Elkana

When we started two years ago, a lawyer told us to make sure your mission is kind of vague, don't use the A-word. We're a lot more out there now.feedback

Yamani Hernandez

There is a volume and aggressiveness of anti-choice legislation and legislators who feel empowered by the administration.feedback

James Lankford

Without John McCain, we don't have 50 people to take that vote.feedback

Ernest Marshall

Some of the things I see out in front of our clinic, to me, by the pro-life people, don't represent good Christianity. I just don't think Jesus would harass people or name-call people or call doctors murderers. I can't imagine being a female and being ... forced to have a baby that I didn't want.feedback

Eric Ueland

The parliamentarian's guidance helps inform us as we write legislation before going to the floor. We look forward to continued preparations for votes next week.feedback

Megan Elliott - Marie Stopes International

If we had USAid funding, we would have expected to avert 6m unintended pregnancies. Because we can't avert them, we believe there will be an additional 2m abortions. Because they are in restricted environments, the majority of those women will be getting a backstreet abortion where they won't be properly cared for and certainly won't get proper contraception to prevent a further unwanted pregnancy.feedback

Ulla Müller - EngenderHealth

It is an unprecedented attack on women's rights – it goes much deeper than abortion. Girls are kicked out of school if they get pregnant. They are very often forced to marry the fathers. Very often they have to live in their in-laws' house, where they have to do unpaid labour. It is a violation of women's rights. We need to see this as a gender issue and very much as a power issue.feedback

Mitch McConnell

So I hope I have at least refreshed the memory of my friend from Minnesota and some of my other Democratic colleagues.feedback

Vicki Saporta

These extremists are testing law enforcement on the ground in Louisville and they are testing the Department of Justice to see if they are in fact going to enforce the law.feedback

Meg Sasse Stern

One person talking to a reporter to say, I promise to be peaceful' doesn't mean everyone is going to respect that.feedback

Joseph Spurgeon

We believe in obeying authorities. Our people are not going to rebel against what we've asked them to do.feedback

Joseph Spurgeon

By creating this buffer zone, it restricts us. We want to be able to hand women tracts and pamphlets with other resources, to offer them financial assistance, to offer to adopt their children. We want to be able to converse with them one-on-one.feedback

Civia Tamarkin

You are talking about a physical embattlement here. Women are under siege. It's pretty clear that from the moment the Roe vs. Wade ruling came down, the anti-abortion movement declared war. We did not want to rehash the entire abortion issue, we wanted to show the fallout and the collateral damage that has become part of it, which very few people are aware of. We ultimately want to educate and inspire.feedback

Briana DeJesus

I should have been on birth control, that's for sure. I didn't think I would end up getting pregnant again, so I didn't bother getting on birth control.feedback

Briana DeJesus

This pregnancy was the last thing I expected to happen. Like, What? You guys met at the club and then what? She's pregnant, what?' . When I first found out, I was more like, Well we don't really know each other so maybe it's best if we do get an abortion,' . But, you were very supportive. I don't want to overthink it because it could be nothing, but it's suspect. I'm pregnant and you're doing something with this girl. Lu and I have been great, working it out, making plans, trying to find a place to live. That's why I want to ask her, When was the last time you two did anything?feedback

Natalia Veselnitskaya

My body, my choice' is all about abortion, homosexuality, illegal migration and two presidents. Anything goes. But for those who didn't get what this is about, this is now called 'human rights'. In such instances the general has to resign. This is reminiscent of the games of Obama's last days in office.feedback

Stephen Colbert

I'm used to a world where we're divided on things like abortion, or taxes, or government-controlled health care–polarizing issues. Have we come to a nation where colluding with a hostile foreign power to manipulate our election is a left-right thing?feedback

Cecile Richards

This White House has been worse for women than any administration in my lifetime. Until we have more people in office who can get pregnant, we will continue to have these fights. … but all of the policies that President Trump and this Republican Congress are trying to put in place, believe me, … unintended pregnancy rates will go up and abortion rates will as well.feedback

Arlene Foster

She "would not want abortion to be as freely available here as it is in England.feedback

Ann Furedi

The answer to unsafe abortion is not contraception, it is safe abortion.feedback

Alison Dreith

This language has nothing with the health and safety of women. It has everything to do with trying to trap providers as a way to trip them up, and shut down clinics that way.feedback

Mary M. Kogut - Planned Parenthood

If any of the governor's proposals improved health and safety for our patients, we would be the first in line to endorse them. Regrettably, the governor seems more interested in creating additional unnecessary restrictions against abortion providers and patients.feedback

Trent Franks

Republicans don't believe taking the lives of innocent unborn children should be considered health care...I don't know that that's something out of sync with the American people. We can't continue to subsidize abortion as part of health care. It's just something that's not American.feedback

Dennis Linthicum

We are both a sanctuary state for illegal aliens, and we are a sanctuary state for federally illegal, taxpayer subsidized abortion. We should not be showering politically well-connected abortion clinics with political gift cards under the guise of 'equity,' that is totally discreditable.feedback

Laurie Monnes Anderson

Unintended pregnancies can perpetuate cycles of poverty, and we can help stop it. It is a woman's right to choose when and if she is ready in her life to have a child.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

May her example inspire our fellow countrymen, who will find in her the best of France.feedback

Simone Veil

Sixty years later I am still haunted by the images, the odours, the cries, the humiliation, the blows and the sky filled with the smoke of the crematoriums. There was such hypocrisy. The assembly was mainly filled with men, some of whom were secretly looking for contacts to arrange an abortion for a mistress or a member of their family.feedback

Jean Louis Debre

She embodied for an entire generation the struggle of women for the freedom to decide on motherhood. More profoundly, she represented for men and women seeking a new future a European desire for peace and prosperity.feedback

Simone Veil

I'm often asked what gave me the strength and will to continue the fight. I believe deeply that it was my mother; she has never stopped being present to me, next to me.feedback

Simone Veil

I say this with total conviction: Abortion should stay an exception, the last resort for desperate situations. How, you may ask, can we tolerate it without its losing the character of an exception – without it seeming as though society encourages it? I will share a conviction of women, and I apologize for doing it in front of this assembly comprised almost exclusively of men: No woman resorts to abortion lightheartedly.feedback

Simone Veil

Whatever our political beliefs, we are all aware that this historic step, the election of the European Parliament by universal suffrage, has been taken at a crucial time for the people of the Community. All its member states are faced with three great challenges: the challenge of peace, the challenge of freedom and the challenge of prosperity, and it seems clear that they can only be met through the European dimension.feedback

Simone Veil

Great debates that have for a time divided the French people appear with the passing of time as a necessary step to forming a new social consensus that is part of the tradition of tolerance in our country.feedback

Justine Greening - Treasury

Following discussions with the Department of Health, we will ensure these payments will be funded through the Government Equalities Office with additional funding. The Government's position continues to be that we want to see safe abortion services provided for women who may need them - within the bounds of the law.feedback

Stella Creasy

Parliament has an opportunity today to turn concern about inequality into real action for change. For too long our Northern Irish women have been denied a basic right. Members across the house have told me they agree this is wrong. Today is our time to end this injustice.feedback

John Smeaton

This is a black day for unborn children, for mothers and for democracy. It's a great day for the abortion industry, which cares nothing about unborn children and for the welfare of women.feedback

Stella Creasy

So can I ask you if you will make a commitment on behalf of this Government to meet with myself and representatives of organisations like Marie Stopes and BPAS and the London Irish Abortion Campaign to look at how we can turn this into a reality so that those women in Northern Ireland today who have finally had their voices heard can use their services as soon as possible?feedback

Breedagh Hughes - Royal College of Midwives

It's ironic that this issue has been kicked back to our non-existent assembly to legislate on it.feedback

Andrea Leadsom

To be very clear it is my personal view that everyone woman should have the right to decide what happens to her own body. That is very clear, she said.feedback

Stella Creasy

With voices on all sides backing the rights of Northern Irish women to be able to have an abortion in England on the NHS, the government now needs to come clean on just who is stopping them from ensuring these women can use these vital healthcare services in England and Wales and whether the question of abortion access has been discussed as part of their agreement with the DUP.feedback

Cecile Richards

There was a time when the Republican Party embraced individual liberties. In fact, many of our Planned Parenthood affiliates were founded by Republicans. A cautionary tale: These folks aren't just against Planned Parenthood. They're against birth-control access. ... Anyone who thinks that … if we didn't provide abortion services, somehow, they would quit this attack on women–I'm sorry. It's just the beginning.feedback

Cecile Richards

I'll shout out Teen Vogue and Cosmo and Glamour–women's magazines that are putting abortion stories into their magazines. That's never happened before.feedback

Nicholas Bagley

If your plan covers abortion services today, it may not cover abortion services as of January 2018 if this bill were to pass.feedback

Laurie Sobel

With this change, all qualified health plans can't include abortions. The effect is that it'll strongly discourage smaller employers from offering coverage that includes abortion. That means insurers can only pull funds from the program if they do not include abortion coverage beyond Hyde restrictions.feedback

Kamala Harris

When it comes to the pay gap, abortion access and workplace discrimination, progressives have much to say. But we're still waiting for a march against honor killings, child marriages, polygamy, sex slavery or female genital mutilation.feedback

Ron Johnson

What I need in order to get to yes: I need the information, I need to hear from constituents and that's going to take some time.feedback

Stephanie Craddock Sherwood

Any limits to reproductive healthcare access, on birth control and abortion access, is essentially forcing women into pregnancy and motherhood. It's limiting our futures and lives, so that we are only our uteruses and our reproductive ability.feedback

John Kennedy

In my state, we are now spending 47 percent of our budget on Medicaid. That's up from 23 percent in 2008. It's crowding out money for universities and roads and public safety and coastal restoration, and it just keeps climbing.feedback

Nigel Biggar

Abortion is a very important and, I think, difficult moral issue. But, although I have provisional views about it, it is not one that I have published anything substantial on. I have on the other hand written a lot about voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide, spoken about it in the UK, Ireland, France, and Canada, and consistently opposed their legalization. On those two issues, my conclusions align with those of the Roman Catholic Church.feedback

Alison Dreith

He routinely compares abortion to the Holocaust and slavery and this is another example of him grandstanding in a disturbing and dangerous way. Furthermore, this special session is all about the governor's political ambitions. He wants to be able to tell any future adversaries that he called his general assembly in the summer to pass all of thee special abortions restrictions so he'll have his conservative credentials.feedback

Margaret Atwood

It's no accident that Napoleon banned abortion. He said exactly why he wanted offspring – for cannon fodder. Lovely!feedback

Grainne Teggart

The UK government has a responsibility to deliver abortion rights for women in Northern Ireland. A failure to do so would be a cruel betrayal of women. Whilst health and justice are devolved matters, the UK government is responsible for upholding human rights. We are today calling on the next UK government to commit, particularly in the absence of functioning devolution, to prioritise bringing Northern Ireland's abortion laws in line with international human rights standards. This must include the decriminalisation of abortion.feedback

Natika Halil

FPA believes that the government must legislate for abortion law reform in Northern Ireland. The UK government is responsible for human rights across the UK, and the United Nations and UK courts have ruled on multiple occasions that Northern Ireland's restrictive law contravenes these rights. Any potential arrangement with the DUP must not prevent the UK from meeting any human rights commitments. Instead, the Conservative party must use any partnership with the DUP to discuss the impact of Northern Ireland's abortion law and bring it into the 21st century.feedback

Ian Harvie

I transitioned to feel better in my body, [but] walking through the world now, in my current body, I am generally perceived as straight, white, and male.feedback

Ian Harvie

I spent 30-something years being consumed with thoughts of concealing my body. [Now] I want to be fit in all aspects of body wellness, which includes hitting the gym and hiking. It also means not saying mean things to myself about my own body … As a trans person, I try to remember that we all endure a lot of comments about our bodies as if they're not our own. There are enough people in the world who make judgments about my body, I don't need to take part in that.feedback

Ian Harvie

I knew I was different at a very early age, I just didn't have a language for it, no one I knew did either.feedback

Ian Harvie

I don't have to think twice about racial, gender or homophobic violence, because of my (perceived) straight, white, male privilege, and it's something that I have to remind myself to think about regularly. I don't want to forget it and misuse it, although I will likely falter. I know it's difficult to deny privilege that is being given and the only way I know how to deny it, is to whenever possible, and safely do so, out myself as transgender to the people around me.feedback

Ian Harvie

As a trans man, with a proud female history, I believe where I intersect with women on abortion rights is that all women should have the right to do whatever they need with their bodies to have a healthy, prosperous life. Body autonomy should be a right for all women and all trans people. That is our shared space, and in large part, why I'm so passionate about abortion rights. I will always stand with my sisters on this issue.feedback

Ian Harvie

Personally, I will talk about anything on stage and in public spaces. It helps erase stigma around less familiar subjects. You can't change things if you don't talk about them, which is another area where I think I align with Lady Parts Justice League and abortion rights.feedback

Ian Harvie

Until trans women of color and trans women as a whole are not being murdered or attacked for simply being who they are, or until trans people are not being disowned by their families, or until trans people are no longer fired from their jobs for needing to transition, or until trans folks are no longer denied access to housing or healthcare, there will be no 'post-trans' era.feedback

Ian Harvie

Everyday events could cause a major fashion dilemma or straight-up meltdown. I would go to bed hoping to wake up flat-chested or to win the lottery so I could finally afford my chest surgery. I now know I'm not the only one that goes through this, and trans people are not the only people to go through this. It took me a minute to realize that, but when I did, it was really helpful to me to not feel isolated – that there was this intersectionality with others that I hadn't thought of before.feedback

Ian Harvie

We'd all have horribly boring stories if we didn't have struggles. Our common ground is that we all are struggling. Eating disorders and issues with weight and food, for a lot of people, are symptomatic of something else going on. I know lots of people that use food, alcohol, drugs, sex, etc. to cope with deeper issues. We're all in various levels of discomfort. No one feels 100% okay about their body … and if you do, then you're the weirdo.feedback

Robb Cowie - Oregon Health Authority

In Oregon, every plan on the insurance exchange but one, which is affiliated with a religious organization, offers abortion coverage. In other words, virtually all Oregonians would be ineligible for tax credits if the bill is passed.feedback

John Oliver

Yes, this was a clusterfuck or, to be more precise, a crumpet-fuck, of epic proportions. Theresa May is hanging onto her job by a thread. To stay in power, she's attempting to cut a distasteful deal with the DUP, a hardline anti-gay, anti-abortion party in Northern Ireland, which has opened her up to even more criticism. Meanwhile, there are rumors of a leadership challenge from within her own party by Boris Johnson, a grown man who perpetually looks like a seven-year-old who just spun in circles for three minutes and is about to throw up.feedback

Arlene Foster

I would not want abortion to be as freely available here as it is in England. You might get a debate I suppose on further reduction of abortion times as medical science advances.feedback

Elizabeth Nash - Guttmacher Institute

This new law is important because it says to women that you are important, that you have the ability to decide when to have a child, and the state supports you in making the decision that is best for you and your family.feedback

Sanya Richards-Ross

[Ross] explained to me that he was just as burdened by the decision as I was. He believed that our child in 2008 was a blessing we had rejected by always wanting to be in control.feedback

Eric Greitens

We're proposing a fix that will stop abortion clinics from interfering with emergency responders. If a woman needs help, abortion clinics shouldn't be able to tell an ambulance to come slowly – to not use their lights and sirens – or to go around to the back gate, just because they are worried that an ambulance arriving might make their abortion clinic look bad.feedback

Heather Busby - Hulu

We used that symbol to draw attention to the fact that Texas is passing such restrictive abortion laws.feedback

Elizabeth Nash - Guttmacher Institute

Texas legislation on abortion is typically amplified because the state can be a beacon for restrictions nationwide.feedback

Eric Greitens

Politicians are trying to make it illegal, for example, for pro-life organizations to say that they just want to hire pro-life Missourians.feedback

Alison Dreith

Make no mistake about it. The intent behind the governor's actions is to shame women for their personal medical decisions and make basic reproductive health care harder to access.feedback

Naomi Teeter

My first time being in a doctor's office as an adult was at Planned Parenthood for my abortion. I was utterly ashamed of myself for acting irresponsibly with my boyfriend, the size of my body, and the fact that I knew zero about my health while trying to fill out intake forms – I didn't even know my height. Like many people who totally transform their bodies, I did all kinds of things to prove I was a stronger, different person than I used to be.feedback

Elizabeth Nash - Guttmacher Institute

By taking this step Delaware will be the first state since the election to protect abortion rights.feedback

Jessica Borcky

But the governor supports the rights and protections afforded women under Roe v. Wade.feedback

Sanya Richards-Ross

In that moment, it seemed like no choice at all. The debate of when life begins swirled through my head, and the veil of a child out of wedlock at the prime of my career seemed unbearable. What would my sponsors, my family, my church, and my fans think of me? Abortion would now forever be a part of my life. A scarlet letter I never thought I'd wear. I was a champion – and not just an ordinary one, but a world-class, record-breaking champion. From the heights of that reality I fell into a depth of despair.feedback

Sanya Richards-Ross

The name of the book is called 'Chasing Grace.' Chasing is something I've been doing all my life. I'm chasing gold medals; I'm chasing records, and chasing the best version of myself. So, for me, if I didn't share the toughest moment in my life where I felt God's grace the most, it would be disingenuous to this journey. I think there are lots of young girls who experience this especially female athletes. I look forward to having more discussions about it and helping young women heal from it.feedback

Sanya Richards-Ross

I made a decision that broke me, and one from which I would not immediately heal. Abortion would now forever be a part of my life. A scarlet letter I never thought I'd wear. I was a champion– and not just an ordinary one, but a world-class, record-breaking champion. From the heights of that reality I fell into a depth of despair. I always harbored some resentment toward Ross. It was our mess-up, but I felt abandoned in the decision. It was like by not saying anything, neither agreeing nor opposing, he kept his conscience clear, but it wasn't fair. We were in it together.feedback

Moira Sheridan

We will exert the same pressure upon Governor Carney, a Catholic, to uphold the sanctity of life for those innocent unborn children whose lives depend upon his vetoing this radical bill.feedback

Cecile Richards

The single biggest reason why women can participate in our economy is because they can plan their families. Most of our patients are young people. They are digitally native. Everything has changed.feedback

Marjorie Dannenfelser

No one, including religious orders like the Little Sisters of the Poor or groups like Susan B. Anthony List, should be forced to be complicit in the provision of abortion-inducing drugs and devices.feedback

Jeremy Paxman

I think there is a deformación profesional that affects a lot of them that makes it difficult for them to have an unencumbered relationship with the truth. However, let's face it, it is an important job. The pope would be great. I'd like to challenge him on the question of contraception, abortion. I'd like to talk about papal authority, population control, migration. I think that it would be fascinating. I think he'd be more interesting than most and I think you'd probably get pretty straight answers, as far as he saw them.feedback

Maddi Runkles

I told on myself. I asked for forgiveness. I asked for help. Some pro-life people are against the killing of unborn babies, but they won't speak out in support of the girl who chooses to keep her baby. Honestly, that makes me feel like maybe the abortion would have been better. Then, they would have just forgiven me, rather than deal with this visible consequence.feedback

Monika Bickert - Facebook

Keeping people on Facebook safe is the most important thing we do. We work hard to make Facebook as safe as possible while enabling free speech. This requires a lot of thought into detailed and often difficult questions, and getting it right is something we take very seriously. In addition to investing in more people, we're also building better tools to keep our community safe. We're going to make it simpler to report problems to us, faster for our reviewers to determine which posts violate our standards, and easier for them to contact law enforcement if someone needs help.feedback

Tim Farron

Take the issue of abortion. Personally I wish I could argue it away. Abortion is wrong. Well, I believe women should have access under law which is safe and legal, and I think that's the critical issue – do you believe people should be able to make that choice under law, and do you believe the law as it stands is right and the science that dictates, or rather underlines, that law is right. I think the odd kind of focus upon my faith over the last few weeks is one that I think millions of people will just think is very peculiar.feedback