Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Tides of change?

Is the Tide Turning in the Abortion Debate? The abortion debate has been at the center of the "culture war" for over 30 years now. The church has seemingly been quieted on the issue for the past few years, perhaps in part because it appeared that this was simply a battle that could not be won. Maybe that is beginning to change. For the first time since the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1973 a major study on women's views on the abortion issue has indicated that 51% favor either outlawing or seriously restricting abortions. The study, done by Princeton Survey Research Associates, but commissioned by the pro-abortion Center for the Advancement of Women (CAW), indicates that women are indeed shifting toward the pro-life side.(1) The Center for the Advancement of Women is headed by Faye Wattleton, former head of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Ms. Wattleton called the survey's results "a disturbing step against the pro-choice perspective."(2) In the survey only 41% of the women said that keeping abortion legal was a top priority - down from 49% two years ago. In a list of 12 issues that these women believed should have top priority, keeping abortion legal finished #11 - with only 3%. Only the issue of "more girls in sports" finished lower than abortion. for more info on this and other issues vist www.aclj.org

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