Abortion & Reproductive Issues
In today’s Morning Buzz, raising the minimum wage could speed job growth, atheists are knitting bricks to protest the Supreme Court’s decision in Hobby Lobby, legalized prostitution could lead to fewer rapes, tech companies recruit gay and lesbian employees, Muslims run during Ramadan, and travelers question whether they should board flights on airlines that have crashed.
In today’s Morning Buzz, a federal judge overturns the death penalty in California, cities make it harder and harder for homeless people to survive, Republicans block a bill that would guarantee employees’ birth control coverage, PRRI Affiliated Scholar Melissa Deckman looks at the efficacy of the “war on women,” and atheists begin giving invocations at town meetings across the country.
In today’s Buzz, Missouri’s governor vetoes a law that would allow concealed guns in schools, the White House unveils plans to tackle global warming, a federal court rules that the University of Texas can keep using race as a factor in admissions, and more.
Today’s Buzz covers today’s march in Washington against same-sex marriage, death penalty, drug sentencing reform, unmarried mothers, and charitable giving.
Today’s Buzz covers Freedom Summer, Hobby Lobby, female children’s impact on judges, Supreme Court decisions, and Obama issues an executive order to bar federal contractors from discriminating LGBT people.
Last week in The Atlantic, PRRI’s Robert P. Jones explored the challenges faced by Pope Francis who appears open to wooing white evangelical Protestants aligned with his views on cultural issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion. That said, the Holy See’s call for economic justice complicates this relationship.
President Obama heads to the Vatican as the American Catholic Church is undergoing a dramatic transformation.
Last Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, conservative activist and chair of the Faith and Freedom Coalition Ralph Reed said Millennials (Americans ages 18 to 33) are “more pro-life than Baby Boomers and older Americans.” Political columnist Ron Fournier with National Journal quickly disagreed, arguing Millennials are equally pro-life as older Americans. After the broadcast, PunditFact endeavored to set the record straight and relies on PRRI data to do so.
PRRI’s Dr. Robert Jones Discusses Surprising Findings from Global Catholic Poll on NPR’s Interfaith Voices[02.17.2014]
On Sunday, Dr. Robert Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, appeared on NPR’s Interfaith Voices to discuss with host Maureen Fiedler the findings of a recent Univision poll that finds a large divide between Catholics around the world and the Vatican when it comes to social issues. Listen to their conversation about the numbers on same-sex marriage, contraception and abortion, the role of women in the church, and Pope Francis here.
A full 87 percent of Catholics polled report Pope Francis is doing an excellent or a good job as pontiff. However, respondents disagree with Catholic doctrine on some social issues. For instance, a majority (65 percent) say abortion should be allowed in some or all cases, and more than three-quarters (78 percent) support the use of contraception.