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.
By Dave Luecking | email@example.com | twitter: @stlreviewscribe
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.
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.