Obama calls for civil abortion debate after shooting


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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