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.

Bills would give women more time to consider abortion

Helpers of God’s Precious Infants held their monthly Mass and Rosary procession last month from the Cathedral Basilica to the Planned Parenthood facility on Forest Park Boulevard in the Central West End. Auxiliary Bishop Edward Rice led the recitation of the Rosary in front of Planned Parenthood. He was accompanied by an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and seminarians from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

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.

Editorial | Making a big impact bigger

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.

Nine days of prayer part of Roe vs. Wade anniversary events

WASHINGTON -- For the second year in a row, the U.S. Catholic bishops are sponsoring "Nine Days for Life: Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage," planned for Jan. 18-26 this year, as part of several events marking the 41st anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand in the U.S.

"Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children's lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss -- often in silence," says a posting on the website www.9daysforlife.com.

EDITORIAL | On abortion and contraception, Vatican puts words in context

On successive days in mid-January, Pope Francis and his top collaborator at the Vatican made public statements that provided a lesson in Franciscan contextualization of highly loaded moral issues.

On Jan. 13, the pope told the Vatican diplomatic corps that he found it "horrifying just to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day."

Federal judge strikes down part of new Texas abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas -- A federal judge voided one section of Texas' new abortion law that was scheduled to take effect Oct. 29.

Judge Lee Yeakel of the U.S. District Court in Austin ruled Oct. 28 that the admitting-privileges provision of the new law was unconstitutional.

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