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- Overall, we rate the Guttmacher Institute Left-Center Biased based on their liberal position for support of reproductive rights, while at the same time utilizing minimal bias in presentation. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and for being a resource for credible IFCN fact checkers.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 1968, The Alan Guttmacher Institute is a leading research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States. The Institute is named after obstetrician-gynocologist and the former president of Planned Parenthood, Alan F. Guttmacher.
Funded by / Ownership
According to Wikipedia The Institute was first started in 1968 as part of Planned Parenthood, with its funding being solely from Planned Parenthood. Once the Guttmacher Institute was no longer connected to Planned Parenthood in 2007, the organization only received less than 1% of its funding from Planned Parenthood in 2010. Now, most of the funding is gained through private foundations based in the United States. Other funding does come from international organizations such as the World Health Organization and the World Bank. Over the last 25 years, the MacArthur Foundation along with Planned Parenthood’s contribution of well over $2 million, has provided funding so that the Guttmacher Institute can conduct studies internationally on the abortion rates and reproductive health of women.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Guttmacher Institute exclusively reports on and advocates for reproductive rights. There is little use of loaded language such as this: Ensuring Access to Abortion at the State Level: Selected Examples and Lessons. This research is very well sourced to credible sources and information. In general, all information contained on this website points toward advocacy for abortion and contraception rights. Although, this strongly aligns with the political left the Guttmacher Institute, according to the least biased Factcheck.org, “provides the most highly respected statistics on the sexual health of women and men. Its figures on abortion are widely cited by the media as well as by groups on both sides of the political aisle.”
A factual search reveals they have never failed a fact check. In fact they are routinely cited by IFCN fact checkers as a reliable source for reproductive information.
Overall, we rate the Guttmacher Institute Left-Center Biased based on their liberal position for support of reproductive rights, while at the same time utilizing minimal bias in presentation. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and for being a resource for credible IFCN fact checkers. (5/15/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 8/14/2019)