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“Abortion rates same whether legal or not”

Posted by Annie on November 1, 2007

Ah, abortion.  Whether you consider yourself pro-choice, pro-life, anti-choice, or pro-privacy, this article makes a fascinating point that is worth considering in the abortion debate. 

“Abortion rates same whether legal or not”

“Women are just as likely to get an abortion in countries where it is outlawed as they are in countries where it is legal, according to research published Friday.  In a study examining abortion trends from 1995 to 2003, experts also found that abortion rates are virtually equal in rich and poor countries, and that half of all abortions worldwide are unsafe.”

A study done by the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization shows that making abortion illegal DOES NOT reduce the number of abortions that take place in a country.  It does however increase the number of unsafe abortions that jeopardize women’s lives.  70,000 women worldwide die every year from unsafe abortions and 5 million are injured, some permanently.  What does reduce the number of abortions?  Increased availability of birth control.  So if Roe v. Wade were to be overturned, it wouldn’t make much of a dent in the number of abortions in this country, but it would increase the number of women dying or getting hurt.

And in my opinion, if you consider yourself “pro-life,” you should also be opposed to the death penalty and supportive of universal health care, Social Security, and a living wage.  It seems that many people who are pro-life are opposed to these ideas that would help support a person throughout his or her life.  It’s as if once a child is born, the “pro-life” fight is over and that child is on their own. 

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Young Americans are more progressive

Posted by Annie on June 27, 2007

Young Americans Are Leaning Left, New Poll Finds

by Adam Nagourney and Megan Thee of The New York Times

Young Americans are more likely than the general public to favor a government-run universal health care insurance system, an open-door policy on immigration and the legalization of gay marriage, according to a New York Times/CBS News/MTV poll. The poll also found that they are more likely to say the war in Iraq is heading to a successful conclusion.

The poll offers a snapshot of a group whose energy and idealism have always been as alluring to politicians as its scattered focus and shifting interests have been frustrating. It found that substantially more Americans ages 17 to 29 than four years ago are paying attention to the presidential race. But they appeared to be really familiar with only two of the candidates, Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, both Democrats.

They have continued a long-term drift away from the Republican Party. And although they are just as worried as the general population about the outlook for the country and think their generation is likely to be worse off than that of their parents, they retain a belief that their votes can make a difference, the poll found.

More than half of Americans ages 17 to 29 — 54 percent — say they intend to vote for a Democrat for president in 2008. They share with the public at large a negative view of President Bush, who has a 28 percent approval rating with this group, and of the Republican Party. They hold a markedly more positive view of Democrats than they do of Republicans.

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