American Civil Liberties Union Seeks Texas Abortion Data

From First Thoughts

The ACLU has never shown any interest in abortion reporting previously. For instance, ACLU has remained silent as California has refused to report any abortion data to the Centers for Disease Control since 1997. The ACLU has not complained when other states refused to release data to the CDC. Additionally, the ACLU was silent in early 2011 when the CDC delayed publishing their annual “Abortion Surveillance” report and a CDC spokesman indicated that there were “no plans” for abortion data to be released. Continue Reading »

CPAC’s Pro-Life Panel

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On Friday afternoon, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) hosted a panel on pro-life issues. It was moderated by Julie Hocker of the American Conservative Union Foundation. Panelists included Congressional candidate Lenny McAllister, abortion survivor and pro-life activist Gianna . . . . Continue Reading »

Some Words Against Despair

From First Thoughts

Many social conservatives are rightly disappointed and dismayed by the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which effectively legalized same sex marriage in all 50 states. Many pundits—even those who disagree with the decision—are already advising conservatives to . . . . Continue Reading »

Gallup Poll Shows Increased Support For Physician Assisted Suicide

From First Thoughts

Last week, Gallup released the results of a poll on the moral acceptability of various behaviors. Specifically, this poll asked people about the morality of over 15 specific issues including abortion, gambling, and polygamy. What was most interesting was the sharp increase in the percentage of people who found doctor assisted suicide “morally acceptable.” In 2013, only 45 percent of Americans found doctor assisted suicide “morally acceptable.” Last week’s poll indicated that percentage had risen to 56 percent. Continue Reading »

A Temporary Setback in Alabama

From First Thoughts

Today, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled an Alabama law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is unconstitutional. In his ruling Thompson stated that the law posed an undue burden on women’s right to abortion. Planned Parenthood and a group of abortion centers in Alabama sued to block the law, arguing that it would close three of the five abortion centers in Alabama. Continue Reading »

Little Change in Abortion Attitudes

From Web Exclusives

Much of the mainstream media coverage of Roe v. Wade’srecent forty-year anniversary indicated that grassroots abortion rights activists are pessimistic about the future. However, in the days before the March for Life many pro-choice commentators expressed optimism. They claimed that recent polling data indicates that public opinion is shifting in a direction more sympathetic to legal abortion… . Continue Reading »