Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on.
- A fresh Gallup poll shows that Americans are evenly divided on the morality of physician-assisted suicide. According to the poll, 45% of Americans consider the practice “morally acceptable” while 48% considered it “morally wrong.” The poll comes just a day after news broke that the U.S. Bishops would be considering issuing a statement outlining why euthanasia is immoral. The Gallup poll asked Americans on a variety of actions whether they were “morally wrong.” Married men and women having an affair ranked the highest at 91% and divorce was the lowest at 23% — above both research on human embryos 30% and gambling at 31%. Abortion was “morally wrong” to 51% of Americans, gay or lesbian relations at 39%, and pornography was considered “morally wrong” by two-thirds of Americans.
- Planned Parenthood is suing the State of South Dakota to prevent the July 1 implementation of a 72-hour waiting period before getting an abortion, the Catholic News Agency reported. “I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone that they’ve filed a lawsuit,” State Rep. Roger Hunt told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. “We’ve been expecting this and preparing for it.” CNA notes that the state established a Life Defense Fund, which defends South Dakota’s abortion laws with the help of private donations. The fund has more than doubled since the passage of the waiting period and counseling law.
- Rep. Pete Stark, R-CA, a strident supporter of abortion who still professes a Catholic faith, has authored a bill that would effectively eliminate Catholic Charities and many other Christian-based groups from participating in adoption services anywhere in the United States unless they allowed same-sex couples to adopt children through their program. The bill would prohibit ‘discrimination in adoption or foster care placements’ based on sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status of any prospective adoptive or foster parent, or the sexual orientation or gender identity of the child involved. EWTN News notes that the bill has no religious exemption clause. Stark told the Huffington Post he decided to introduce the measure because of the “homophobic opposition that has tried to decide that gay people aren’t suitable adoptive parents.” This bill’s prospects in the Republican-led House are extremely thin. But it could face a warmer reception in the Democratic-controlled Senate, where New York Sen. Kristin Gillibrand, D-NY, is expected to author a similar bill.
- Today is the day that Mitt Romney is officially announcing his decision to run for President. But Sarah Palin took a shot at the former Massachusetts Governor from the Revolutionary War battlefield located just north of Boston. Peter Hamby of CNN reports that “Palin just ripped apart Romneycare at Bunker Hill.” Mitt Romney‘s health care plan in Massachusetts is considered his greatest liability in his campaign for the Republican nomination.
- Wisconsin voters kicked pro-abortion Russ Feingold out of the Senate in 2010. Now the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that Feingold is considering another run in 2012 to replace retiring Sen. Herb Kohl. Of course, if that doesn’t work out, he can stay employed at a Catholic college. Marquette University, a Catholic college in Milwaukee, hired Feingold in January to teach at their law school.