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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.
By Mary Balch
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.
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Wanda Franz, Ph.D.
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
[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