Editorial | Vetoes mean now is the time to act

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has used his veto power to derail a bill requiring a 72-hour waiting period for abortions and another increasing the tax credits available for donations to organizations providing food to the poor and aid to pregnant women.

Efforts are being made in the legislature to override those vetoes. With a tough fight ahead and close vote expected, our legislators need to hear from us on the need for the override, which with enough votes will put the bills into law.

MCC aims for override of abortion wait veto

With the exception of an emergency, life-or-death situation in which surgeons immediately operate on a patient, most surgeries are scheduled, maybe one or two weeks out ... or even longer.

However, for perhaps the most important decision of a woman's life — whether to have a baby or to end its nascent life with an abortion — the state of Missouri requires only a 24-hour waiting period. And a recent attempt to extend the wait to 72 hours failed.

Abortion legislation moves forward in Missouri

Pro-life supporters stood vigil outside of the Planned Parenthood facility on Forest Park Boulevard in the Central West End Jan. 18. They were a part of the rosary procession from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, during which they prayed for the conversion of hearts to know the value of every life.

The Missouri House has passed a bill that would increase the waiting period for abortions from 24 to 72 hours.

The House voted 115-39 on March 11 to send the bill to the Senate. The Senate version of the bill, SB 519, won't be considered until after legislators return from spring break in late March.

The Missouri Catholic Conference and others involved in the pro-life movement are urging individuals to contact their legislators in support of the legislation.

Univision poll shows strong support for church teaching in Asia, Africa

MEXICO CITY -- A poll by Spanish-language broadcaster Univision shows Catholics in Asia and Africa, where the Church is growing fastest, expressing strong support for Church teachings.

The poll of self-identified Catholics in 12 countries showed high approval of Pope Francis, but split on subjects such as abortion, priests being able to marry and same-sex marriage.

Editorial | Rebelling against the culture

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.

Guttmacher Institute reports abortion at all-time low

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.

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