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President Obama said Tuesday that abortion is an appropriate topic for American politics, but cautioned that the discussions need to be civil.

"I think it's fair to have a legitimate, honest debate about abortion," he said during a news conference in Paris, where he was attending United Nations climate talks. "I don't think that's something that is beyond the pale of our political discussion. That's a serious, legitimate issue. How we talk about it, making sure that we're talking about it factually, accurately, and not demonizing organizations like Planned Parenthood, I think is important."

As for the low-cost health-services provider, Obama said it provides vital services to women, especially poor women. "In many cases, it's the only organization that provides health services to impoverished women," he said.

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