Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s morning dose of religion-related news with a shot of data – because what doesn’t liven up a morning round-up like some public opinion numbers? One brave journalist has discovered the solution to the euro crisis: lock Angela Merkel in a room with “Call Me Maybe” on repeat. Can’t hurt to try it, right?
Take a look at these maps, which show why, in 2008, nearly half of the women who obtained an abortion in Kansas traveled from another state for the procedure. Nearly 6-in-10 (58%) Americans say that at least some health care professionals in their communities should provide legal abortions.
A substantial number of Americans believe that the free market works because God is guiding the economy, according to Baylor University’s Paul Froese.
Three hundred gay and lesbian Mormons joined a gay pride parade in Salt Lake City as part of an effort to promote “understanding and respect after many years of strife and heartbreak.” Mormons are, overall, considerably more conservative than the general public.
Curious about how the Supreme Court could rule on Obamacare? This nifty infographic should help you out.
The Los Angeles Times reports that some liberal and moderate Catholics are disturbed by what they see as the Catholic Church’s partisan slide on the contraception mandate. For more on Catholics’ perspectives on religious liberty issues, check out this brand-new fact sheet.
The Southern Baptist Convention, which was formed in the nineteenth century after splitting with the northern Baptists over slavery, could be poised to elect its first black president.