A new poll by Spanish-language broadcaster Univision highlighting countries where support for Church teachings is the highest and lowest has garnered much attention.
The poll became fodder for much of the secular media in the United States wanting to point out divisions between Church hierarchy and its members. "The pope's Catholic problem" was the headline of a commentary in the Chicago Tribune, for example. It stated that on every issue, Catholics in the United States are more liberal than the Church's teachings.
Missouri is among the states with the lowest rates of abortions, according to a study recently released by the Guttmacher Institute.
The study noted that the U.S. abortion rate is at its lowest since 1973, the year of the Roe vs. Wade decision. In 2011, the national abortion rate had declined to 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women ages 15-44. The report also noted that between 2008 and 2011, the abortion rate fell 13 percent, resuming a long-term downward trend that had stalled between 2005 and 2008.
Missouri legislation that seeks to extend the current waiting period for abortion from 24 to 72 hours is moving quickly in the House. A similar bill proposed in the Senate also recently went through a committee hearing.
HB 1307 and HB 1313, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Elmer, R-Nixa, and Rep. Keith Frederick, R-Rolla, respectively, would increase the minimum waiting period before a woman can have an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours. Legislation was voted out of the House Committee on Health Policy by a 8-2 margin and now moves to the House floor for consideration.
Estimates show that 50 percent of the people at the March for Life in Washington, D.C., each year are under the age of 18.
It is an impressive number. And it makes a big impact for a day.
The challenge is for all of us, the young people included, to follow up on the day of action throughout the year. Citizen-advocates can make a big difference in not just changing attitudes but also changing laws.