Church of England Approves Women Bishops

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    In a historical first, the Church of England has voted to allow women to serve as bishops. An overwhelming 351 members voted in favor of the measure, 72 voted against it, and 10 abstained. Before the vote by the national assembly known as the General Synod, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said the public would view it as “almost incomprehensible” if the measure were to fail. Just two years ago, a similar piece of legislation failed to get two-thirds of the vote. Women can already serve as bishops in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Abortions Lowest Since Roe v. Wade

The abortion rate in the United States has fallen to its lowest level since 1973, the year Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court. A study released Sunday by the Guttmacher Institute reports 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 in 2011. The relatively low rate isn’t because abortion providers are being squeezed, but because pregnancy and birth rates have fallen. In addition, “early medication abortions” rose to 23 percent of all nonhospital abortions. The total number of abortion providers declined by 4 percent between 2008 and 2011, and the number of clinics declined by just 1 percent.

Correction: A previous version of this article referred to Plan B emergency contraception as used in nonhospital abortions. The medication used is Mifepristone

February 2, 2014 8:25 PM

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