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Graph Of The Day: The Speed Of Social Change In America

Pace Of Social Change

The graph above illustrates both how quickly both state and federal governments have legally adopted various social changes throughout American history. Image Source: Bloomberg

Social change is not only inevitable, it generally follows the same pattern. Throughout American history, first, a couple of enterprising states change their state law and policy. Then, either the courts or popular opinion across the nation causes other states to quickly follow suit until, finally, the federal law changes.

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Chart Of The Day: Services Provided By Planned Parenthood, 2006-2013

Planned Parenthood Annual Reports

Image Source: Twitter

Last week was crucial for Planned Parenthood’s future. On Tuesday, September 29th, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight panel, built his case against continuing to publicly fund the non-profit health care organization and displayed a chart that purported to reflect that the number of cancer screening and prevention services provided by Planned Parenthood had declined from 2006-2013, while the number of abortions had steadily increased.

Chaffetz went as far to tell Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards that “[The data] comes straight from your annual reports.”

Moments later, Richards responded to Chaffetz: “My lawyers just informed me that the source of this information is Americans United for Life, an anti-abortion group. I would check your source.”

One Twitter user, Emily Schuch created the chart above using Planned Parenthood’s annual reports. It calls the veracity of Chaffetz’s claims into question and confirms that abortions are in fact one of the least requested services at the largest provider of reproductive health services in the United States.

Video Of The Day: An Animated Explanation Of The Structure Of The Roman Army

In case you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between a legionary and an auxiliary, this video is for you.

Originally created as a video installation for the Vindolanda Museum–located at a former Roman auxiliary fort in Northern England–this enlightening three-minute video illustrates the fascinating structure of the Roman Army through animation and infographics. Enjoy!


If you’d like to learn more about Ancient Rome, check out this fascinating infographic.

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