Abortion in context: United States and worldwide.
Abortion is one of the most divisive and emotional issues facing U.S. policymakers today. This should not be surprising, given that individuals’ attitudes about abortion are shaped by their convictions regarding religion, morality, human rights, public health and the status of women in society. Moreover, lawmakers in the United States are not alone in their struggle over abortion policy. Abortion is controversial in many countries, and nations from every region of the globe are wrestling with questions about abortion, unintended pregnancy and the appropriate role of government in these matters. (excerpt)