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Free Speech About Politicians Case Heard by Special Panel

By Dave Andrusko

Washington, D.C. (December 5) - - In a courtroom packed with high-powered legal talent, passion, and reporters, a legal showdown that will probably culminate in a decision next year by the Supreme Court began before a special three-judge panel here in the nation's capital.

 
As we approach the 30th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the message remains the same: Abortion kills babies and hurts women.

 

 


PRO-LIFERS CELEBRATE GAINS IN STATE LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS

By Mary Balch
Director of State Legislation

While the national press has understandably focused almost all its attention on the gains made by pro-lifers in the United States House and Senate, a closer look reveals that the Movement made crucial gains in a number of state legislatures as well. This is extremely important, for without committed pro-life state legislators it is very difficult to pass protective legislation and/or overcome gubernatorial vetoes.

 

Pro-life Wisconsin State Senator-elect Cathy Stepp (R) defeated pro-abortion Kim Plache (D). Pro-life Minnesota State Representative-elect Judy Soderstrom (R) defeated pro-abortion Loren Jennings (D).

 



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From the President


Wanda Franz, Ph.D.

ABORTION STATISTICS & POLLS

In 1999, a total of 861,789 legal induced abortions were reported to CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] by 48 reporting areas [excluding Alaska, California, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma]. This represents a 2.5% decrease from 1998. In 1999, of women who obtained abortions , 52% were known to have obtained an abortion for the first time. [Forty-five percent were known to have had one or more previous abortions, and 19% had had two or more previous abortions. The history of 3% is unknown.]

--CDC, "Abortion Surveillance­ United States, 1999," Morbidity and
Mortality Weekly Report
, Nov. 29, 2002, Vol. 51, No. SS-9, p. 3 & 4.

[According to a Zogby International poll, November 12-14, 2002] about 22 percent said they were less in favor of abortion today than they were a decade ago. About half that number said they were more in favor of it. Nationwide, one-third of people ages 18 to 29 said abortion should never be legal. That contrasts with about 23 percent for those ages 30 to 64, and about 20 percent for those over age 65. [O]nly about 4 percent nationwide said they always vote for pro-choice candidates. About 13 percent nationally said they always vote for anti-abortion candidates.

--"Attitudes Become More Negative on Abortion," The Buffalo News,
11/27/2002

 


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