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Feminist icon Gloria Steinem adored, reviled in divided Ohio

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/16/2017 By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press
Gloria Steinem poses Tuesday, May 16, 2017, before a dinner for the 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. (Brooke LaValley/The Columbus Dispatch via AP) © The Associated Press Gloria Steinem poses Tuesday, May 16, 2017, before a dinner for the 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. (Brooke LaValley/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gloria Steinem says her work advocating for reproductive freedom and women's rights doesn't make her "pro-abortion."

Gloria Steinem laughs during an interview Tuesday, May 16, 2017, before a dinner for the 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. (Brooke LaValley/The Columbus Dispatch via AP) © The Associated Press Gloria Steinem laughs during an interview Tuesday, May 16, 2017, before a dinner for the 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. (Brooke LaValley/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

The feminist icon spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday ahead of her appearance at a centennial gala fundraiser for Planned Parenthood, the abortion and women's health care provider whose government grants have been targeted by some Republicans.

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, file photo, writer and political activist, Gloria Steinem speaks to the crowd during the women's march rally, in Washington. At 83, Steinem is a living reminder of the decades that have passed since the U.S. fought a revolution for women's rights, rights that many Americans now feel are under siege. Steinem and three generations of women from an Ohio family who have been active in Planned Parenthood speak to The Associated Press ahead of Steinem's appearance at the state chapter's 100th anniversary celebration on Tuesday, May 16. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, file photo, writer and political activist, Gloria Steinem speaks to the crowd during the women's march rally, in Washington. At 83, Steinem is a living reminder of the decades that have passed since the U.S. fought a revolution for women's rights, rights that many Americans now feel are under siege. Steinem and three generations of women from an Ohio family who have been active in Planned Parenthood speak to The Associated Press ahead of Steinem's appearance at the state chapter's 100th anniversary celebration on Tuesday, May 16. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

While sponsors of the gala shelled out up to $50,000 to attend the event where Steinem was featured, Ohio Right to Life labeled her a "radical pro-abortion icon" and called Planned Parenthood a de-humanizing organization.

Steinem says she's accustomed to being both admired and reviled — including in Ohio, her politically divided home state — but that "no one is pro-abortion." She says it's about whether a woman and her physician, or the government, makes the decision.

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