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What Americans Care About: Confederate Flag Vs. Planned Parenthood

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It is not unusual for either the Confederate flag and Planned Parenthood to be at the center of national interest.

After a racially motivated massacre at a black church in Charleston, S.C., June 17, pictures surfaced of the gunmen touting the flag. A month later, a video hit the news waves showing a top-ranking Planned Parenthood official employee casually discussing, over a salad and some wine, how the organization harvests fetal organs after abortions.

Both acts, regardless of where one falls on the political spectrum, tend to initially generate expressions of revulsion.

Nevertheless, when it comes to Google search trends, people seem far more interested in how the flag represents American values than how the operating procedures of Planned Parenthood represent American values.

America Graph

Over the last few years, Planned Parenthood was consistently searched more. Though searched patterns more then doubled after the the video was released, it didn’t come close to the attention the flag suddenly got.

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Not long after the shooting, Republican Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the state capital.

“We have changed through the times, and will continue to do so, but that does not mean we will forget our history,” she said during a press conference. “On matters of race, South Carolina has a tough history.”

She added the state would not interfere with those who still wished to fly it on their private property. As noted by ABC News, many of the Republican presidential candidates have since supported Haley on her decision.

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