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Are 30% of human embryos "spontaneously aborted"?

Trivially true, yes. It's more commonly called Miscarriage: Among women who know they are pregnant, the miscarriage rate is roughly 10% to 20%, while rates among all fertilisation is around 30% to ...
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Is this picture from an abortion clinic dumpster?

No The caption is mostly accurate but makes assumptions. This picture has been posted multiple times attributing it it multiple different countries. The photo is actually from Vietnam where they have ...
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Was Donald Trump treated with pharmaceuticals derived from fetal stem cells?

What Donald Trump received was a cocktail of two monoclonal antibodies. There are various ways to produce those, Regeneron does state on their homepage that they use Cell Lines for mass production. ...
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Did thousands of women die every year due to illegal abortions before Roe v. Wade?

When? If you go back far enough, it's likely... The data collected by Tietze showed 2,677 deaths from abortion in 1933... ...and then maybe... ...compared with 888 in 1945, with much of the ...
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Have one in four American women had an abortion?

TL/DR: Rikelson's actual claim is supported by a 2017 estimate. The quoted claim is slightly different. Population Group Abortion Rates and Lifetime Incidence of Abortion: United States, 2008–2014 ...
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Did thousands of women die every year due to illegal abortions before Roe v. Wade?

This article covers the history, including representative statistics. This paper provides some more statistics. The key quotation is: In 1940 there were 1407 abortion-related deaths (excluding ...
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In Alabama, if a person is found not guilty of rape, is their accuser assumed to be lying?

No. The more I read this claim, the more and more messier I realize it is. The Tweet claims several things: There is a law in Alabama about false accusation of rape. That law states that if a person ...
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Does science define life as "beginning at conception"?

Interestingly there's a survey: "Biologists' Consensus on 'When Life Begins'", 2018 of US biologists on this (the choice of profession/experts was motivated by a pre-survey of the US population at ...
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Are 30% of human embryos "spontaneously aborted"?

For those pregnancies that have already lasted 5 weeks, recent research sets an upper limit on the American public's cumulative "spontaneous abortion" of 22%, presenting the rate as a range from 11% ...
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Does California allow (or plan to allow) post-birth abortion?

No. tl;dr Gov. DeSantis is likely referring to articles going around conservative media about an ambiguity in the original version of AB-2223 Reproductive Health Bill introduced by Assembly Member ...
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Is the penalty for a woman having an abortion more severe than the penalty for rape?

Summary: There is no punishment for a woman having an abortion. The maximum punishment for a doctor performing an abortion is the same as the maximum punishment for a rapist. According to the BBC, a ...
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Is this picture from an abortion clinic dumpster?

No, it is not. As pointed out by Jon.G’s answer the picture is from "elsewhere" and is part of "something else". But in the U.S. at least there are two main problems (though I suppose you could ...
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Were 14 million abortions performed on African Americans from 1973 to 2006?

According to Trends in the Characteristics of Women Obtaining Abortions, 1974 to 2004, tables 3 and 4, and Statistical Abstracts of the United States 2012, table 101, abortion data is as follows: ...
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Does science define life as "beginning at conception"?

No Science does not define life as "beginning at conception", because science does not, to any satisfactory degree, define "life" in the general case: There is no broadly accepted ...
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Were evangelicals rallied around abortion in 1978, as a substitute for segregation?

This changed, according to the podcast, because of a segregationist named Paul Weyrich, who “understood that racism - I have confirmed that Weyrich was a segregationist who did see abortion as this ...
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Did Hillary Clinton support legalising such late-term abortions of fetuses as claimed by Ben Shapiro?

On the Issues has an overview over Clinton's position on abortion. She described her position on late-term abortions during the 2016 presidential debate: Roe v. Wade very clearly sets out that ...
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Did thousands of women die every year due to illegal abortions before Roe v. Wade?

Easily. Thousands died in the early years from illegal abortions. And even if the number of dead women declined somewhat, the amount of harm done is still best described as very high. That the number ...
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Does Planned Parenthood impose abortion quotas on its clinics and provide incentives to its workers to meet those quotas?

Planned Parenthood does not agree that "quota" is the correct word to use. In July 2014 Planned Parenthood acknowledged that the above image is genuine, but stated it does not represent a "quota", ...
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What are the "many falsehoods", according to Planned Parenthood, promoted by the movie Unplanned?

I'm not going to attempt to parse the Planned Parenthood statement, but there are plenty of sources that point out many critical factual inaccuracies in the movie. The main problem is: The ...
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Did over half of the women who had abortions in Canada do so because they were pressured to?

This is not specific to Canada, but according to Women Who Suffered Emotionally from Abortion: A Qualitative Synthesis of Their Experiences Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Volume 22 Number ...
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Is legal induced abortion significantly more safe than childbirth?

Regarding claims of under-reporting The implications of points 1-3 are that deaths due to abortion are being unreported because some states do not require certain types of reporting. But most do... ...
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Did these politicians say these quotes regarding rape?

Snopes examines this list of supposed quotes. Did Republicans Actually Say These Things About Rape? Published 27 February 2014, Updated 30 September 2020 A “Republicans on Rape” graphic widely ...
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Do abortions make up only 3% of Planned Parenthood's services?

The national entity is Planned Parenthood Federation of America. It does not conduct any abortions. The report says: Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) supports 59 independently ...
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Is 19% of Planned Parenthood's revenue from abortion?

Planned Parenthood does not break down its revenues by service in its annual reports. Factcheck.org writes: Planned Parenthood [...] doesn’t track the total number of pregnant women it serves. ...
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Does Planned Parenthood impose abortion quotas on its clinics and provide incentives to its workers to meet those quotas?

http://www.snopes.com/planned-parenthood-abortion-quotas/ It looks like Snopes did some digging and couldn't find any evidence they consider reliable. After reading the arguments, I have to agree ...
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Does "Plan B" (Levonorgestrel) prevent implantation of fertilized eggs?

I looked into the references from the other answers (and some more references), here is what I learned. The TL;DR version: Levonorgestrel is not effective at preventing pregnancy in women who have ...
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Are outpatient surgery physicians in Louisiana required to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic?

Quick summary: Some outpatient surgeons in LA require a hospital affiliation, but this does not cover "all other physicians in outpatient surgery settings". (disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer, ...
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Are or were aborted human fetal cells used in vaccine production?

Yes, as listed in the question, some vaccines are created using cell lines derived from aborted fetuses. For instance the use of the WI-38 line is documented here. These abortions occured in the 1960s....
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Did thousands of women die every year due to illegal abortions before Roe v. Wade?

As a further cause of death from unwanted pregnancy, you do also need to add the suicide rate for pregnant women. A quick Google picked up one paper suggesting 14 out of 105 pregnant teenagers ...
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Does banning abortion significantly increase or decrease the number of abortions?

Restricting access to abortion is not an effective way to reduce its frequency A December 2016 article in The Economist argues that the most effective way to reduce abortion is the effective promotion ...
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