News 4 Investigates: Abortion Debate -

News 4 Investigates: Abortion Debate

The abortion debate is fierce and many people on both sides believe there is no room for compromise. In this blog I've attempted to give you access to a large collection of research and resources on abortion.

House bill 3200 is a 1,027 page national health care bill sponsored by Rep. John Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan. It's one of three massive pieces of legislation that appear to have the best chance of passage.

Pro-Choice groups hope these bills open the door for taxpayer funded abortion services. Pro-Lifers fear the same thing.

A study by the World Health Organization and the Guttmacher Institute revealed that there were nearly 42 million abortions worldwide. Western Europe had the lowest abortion rate with 12 abortions per 1,000 women ages 15-44. North America had 21 abortions per 1,000 women. The rate of abortions fell by 50% in Eastern Europe from 1995 to 2003, but the region still had more abortions than births. The Johnston Archives has more on abortions in China.

According to the study, the law had no impact on abortion rates. Africa, which has many countries with bans on abortion, had a higher rate than Western and Northern Europe where abortion is widely available. Pro-Choice groups say this is because contraception is also easily available. The Pew Forum looks at abortion laws around the world.

Pro-Life groups have many objections against abortion, although the over-riding concern is the end of what is viewed as human life at conception. This is a list of ten objections made by a Christian group in Africa. The blog Pregnant Pause outlines arguements for abortion rights.

Here's a list of the ten states with the highest abortion rates.

I understand that we can never provide enough information, or give people enough time on the air to say everything they want about abortion. However, I hope this blog helps you understand more about this extremely emotional and personal issue.

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