Abortion & Reproductive Issues
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.
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Today’s Buzz covers the March for Life in Washington, new methods of capital punishment in America, and a look at who’ll be tuning in to watch the Super Bowl!
Thousands of people from across the country gathered in Washington today for the annual March for Life, the world’s largest pro-life rally that in 2014 marks 41 years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision to lift restrictions on abortion. Public opinion on abortion has remained relatively stable during the past several years. In 2013, PRRI found Americans who believe abortion should be illegal in all or most cases are outnumbered by those who say it should be legal, 42 percent to 54 percent. And today, advocates for making abortion illegal are re-vamping their efforts to recruit and mobilize young people to carry on the cause. But how does the profile of younger Americans who oppose abortion compare with that of their older counterparts?
Today’s Buzz covers state leaders’ stances on abortion, Christian martyrdom around the world, and physician-assisted suicide.
Today’s Buzz covers the effect of reality television on teen pregnancies, how marijuana plantations in California could be harming the state’s salmon population, and the origins behind some popular Jewish surnames!
According to a new economic study, shows like MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” and its spin-off, “Teen Mom” may have prevented more than 20,000 births to teenage mothers in 2010 alone.
Brian Roewe’s latest piece for The National Catholic Reporter uses PRRI research to explore American Catholics’ opinions on a range of issues in light of the questionnaire distributed by the Vatican earlier this year, which asked bishops around the world to answer questions on topics like same-sex couples, marriage issues and contraception.