Guidelines for Mammograms, and the Planned Parenthood Debate

Oct 22, 2015

The American Cancer Society changed its recommendation for how often women should get mammograms. The new guidelines push back the recommended age for annual mammograms for most women from age 40 to 45. Some experts say the change is warranted and data-driven, while others say it'll lead to possible delays in detecting breast cancer. 

And Planned Parenthood is no stranger to headlines. Last month a heated exchange in Congress over de-funding the women’s health care agency, an effort that failed to pass the U.S. Senate. A highly edited sting video showed Planned Parenthood staff discussing fetal tissue donations as impetus for the de-funding efforts. Some argue that tax dollars shouldn’t be spent on an organization that so many find objectionable in nature. 

The abortion issue comes up in every presidential election cycle, but the current debate seems more vitriolic. When it comes to abortion, Americans are as passionate as they are divided.


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John Dankosky, Betsy Kaplan and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.