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LET More depth to the pro-life issue

On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, millions of pro-life Americans commemorate what they see as a disappointing Supreme Court decision. Just what does "pro-life" mean?

Christian ethicist at Fuller Theological Seminary and pro-life proponent, Dr. Glen Harold Stassen, analyzed data on abortion during the Clinton and Bush presidencies.

Stassen says, "When President Bush took office, the nation's abortion rates were at a 24-year low, after a 17.4 percent decline during the 1990s. Given the trends of the 1990s, 52,000 more abortions occurred in the United States in 2002 than would have been expected before this change of direction."

Stassen offers these observations:

Two-thirds of women who abort say they cannot afford a child. Average real incomes and jobs have declined during Bush's term. With less income, many women cannot feed another mouth.

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Half of all women who abort say they do not have a reliable mate. Jobless men usually do not marry. In the 16 states that have annual abortion statistics, there were 16,392 fewer marriages than the year before, and 7,869 more abortions. As male unemployment increases, marriages fall and abortion rises.

Finally, women worry about health care. Since 5.2 million more people have no health insurance now than before the Bush presidency abortion increases.

Stassen concludes: "Pro-life in deed, not merely in word, means we need policies that provide jobs, and health insurance, and support for prospective mothers." Ann; Whelan

Rochester;

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