What We’re Reading This Morning

Good Morning everyone! With only a few days until Saturday’s South Carolina primary, the conservative candidates are doing their darndest to make sure everyone knows just how conservative they are on the issues. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Guttmacher Institute, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and the Reproductive Health Technologies Project have released some intriguing reports. Here’s what we’re reading this morning… Romney may have missed out on the “fun” at last night’s Personhood USA Pro-Life Presidential Forum yesterday, but we’re sure there will be plenty of opportunities to espouse his anti-women’s health agenda during tonight’s CNN debate. If you missed out (and frankly, we’re hoping for your sake you did), make sure to read CBS News’ recap: “GOP candidates slam Romney at pro-life forum” – “Planned Parenthood, the courts and Mitt Romney all came under attack on Wednesday from four GOP presidential contenders that spoke at a forum organized by Personhood USA, a national anti-abortion group. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and Rep. Ron Paul, who appeared via a live satellite feed, all affirmed their commitment to the anti-abortion cause.” Further evidence that restricting women’s access to comprehensive health care puts women at risk, BBC News reports on new research from the Guttmacher Institute and WHO: “Dangerous abortions ‘on the rise’, says WHO” – “The World Health Organization study suggests global abortion rates are steady, at 28 per 1,000 women a year. However, the proportion of the total carried out without trained clinical help rose from 44% in 1995 to 49% in 2008… Unsafe abortion is one of the main contributors to maternal death worldwide, and refers to procedures outside hospitals, clinics and surgeries, or without qualified medical supervision.” Finally, with the continued growth of the Latino voting population a new survey, conducted on behalf of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the Reproductive Health Technologies Project illuminates their attitudes toward abortion and birth control. It may surprise you. Colorlines.com explains: “Survey Finds Majority of Latinos Hold Compassionate Views on Abortion” – “A survey released Wednesday found the majorities of Latino voters opposed politicians interfering in personal, private decisions about abortion, affirmed that they would offer support to a close friend or family member who had an abortion, and are willing to disagree with church leaders on abortion.”

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