HOUSTON, TX – It’s been a topsy-turvy week for abortion and teen pregnancy. Pope Francis, who’s been openly liberal on a number of topics, has taken a hard-right when it comes to abortion. During his annual ‘state of the world’ address to diplomats at the Vatican, the Papal leader called abortion “horrific” and referred to aborted fetuses as “victims.”
The remark comes four months after the Pope told an Italian magazine that the Church must shake off its obsession with abortion and homosexuality.
It’s an about-face has plenty confused.
“I believe he is contradicting himself,” Houstonian Tory Jones said. “He is responsible for a lot of people, being the shepherd.”
“He’s Catholic and the Catholic Church is adamantly opposed to abortion,” a supporter of the Pope told us. “I think he’s holding he ground and he should stand for what he believes in.”
Back here at home, it was a shutout for Arizona lawmakers who tried putting a smack down on abortions. Back in April Arizona state legislators passed a law banning abortions after 20 weeks gestation but the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked it from going into effect. The state appealed to the Supreme Court who has now refused to hear their argument.
It’s good news for those who fear more restrictions will only lead to dangerous alternatives.
“They really can’t make a law because you’re really going to do what you want to do in this world,” Houstonian Jermaine Brooks told us. “They always make laws, but people still do it.”
And finally, for those of you who thought the MTV series ’16-and-Pregnant’ glamorized teen pregnancy, think again. According to a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, the cautionary tale depicted in the show may have prevented as many as 20,000 births from teenage mothers. Since 2010 the teen birthrate has dropped nearly 6% and researchers credit a chunk or that to the reality this ‘reality’ show has provided.
So if you believe everything you read: abortion is bad, people who try to stop abortions are worse and the real heroes of the day are teen moms. Welcome to 2014, people.