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April 20, 2006|
Zogby Poll/USA Today Show Pro-Life Progress |
The Zogby organization has released a recent poll of over 30,000 Americans, showing that by 59-to-29 percent the public believes abortion ends a human life, while 50% accept the scientific fact that life begins at conception. In addition, 69% want no federal tax money used for abortions; 69% favor parental notification for girls 16 and under; 56% support a 24-hour waiting period prior to an abortion; 86% opposed abortion because of dissatisfaction with the gender of the child (sex-selection abortion); and 64% think criminals who assault a pregnant woman and injure or kill her child should be charged with two crimes.
USA Today did a front page story speculating on what would happen in the unlikely case that Roe v. Wade is overturned in the near future. Their analysis shows that twenty-two state legislatures would likely ban or severely restrict the practice of abortion; sixteen states could be expected to continue access to abortion with few or no restrictions; and twelve states are somewhere in the middle.
The pro-abortion lobby has seized on these reports in an effort to swell their ranks and raise big money so they can mount expensive media campaigns to influence the U.S Senate against confirming another Supreme Court Justice who might not see abortion as a constitutional right, which it isn’t.
Pro-life support is growing. Young people, in particular, are getting the message. Press on!
The guide identifies the states in which abortions would be banned “if Roe v. Wade was overturned tomorrow.” It rates “the 10 best and worst states for human life in 2006” and outlines “what is happening in the states right now.”
The 520-page book also outlines AUL’s recommended model legislation and a summary of pro-life laws in various states. Information about the guide is available at 312/492-7234.
Not so fast, Ms. Fire Thunder! Patrick Lee of Rapid City, a retired chief judge for the Oglala Sioux Tribe and current instructor in tribal law, treaties, and federal Indian law at Oglala Lakota College, challenged Ms. Fire Thunder in a Forum piece in the Rapid City Journal on April 8, 2006. In his column Mr. Lee said offering abortions on the reservation would conflict with tribal law and a pervasive respect for life among the Oglala.
“Life is sacred the winged, two-legged, four-legged. You hear constant references to respect for life,” Lee said. “It’s the tribal law. She could ask the tribe to change the law. And that would be an uphill battle.”
He said a specific portion of the juvenile code clarified the tribe’s respect for the unborn: “a child conceived, but not born, is to be deemed an existing person so far as may be necessary for its interests and welfare to be protected in the event of its subsequent birth.”
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