Domestic News: In North Carolina, the state House voted to override the veto of Governor Bev Perdue (D) who vetoed a measure to require a waiting period before an abortion. The override now goes to the NC Senate, leaders of which seem to think they have the votes. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley (R) has decided against appealing a court injunction on the implementation of a new law requiring a three day waiting period and requiring a woman to seek counseling before an abortion. Planned Parenthood brought the suit which lead to the injunction. Minnesota abortion statistics showed a 7% drop year over year leading to a historic low in the state's abortion rate. Many credit Minnesota's Positive Alternatives program, which began under Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) in July 2006.
International News: A Japanese study has found that from 2000 to 2010 the number of abortions performed due to fetal abnormalities has doubled from the number performed in the previous 10 years. In Taiwan, recent statistics show that for every live birth there are three abortions performed. Statistics also show that Taiwan has the lowest fertility rate in Asia.
Discussion Topic: Now that the 2012 field appears to be set, what potential Presidential candidate do you feel best reflects your values on life issues?