According to a new survey by the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, 74 percent of Latino voters “agree that a woman has a right to make her own personal decisions about abortion without the interference of government. The data shows that a majority of Latinos in the U.S. hold a sympathetic view in regards to abortion”, reported the Huffington Post.
My heart sunk as I read these harrowing statistics. Just two days ago, thousands upon thousands of people Marched for Life in my hometown of Washington D.C. to protest 39 years Roe vs. Wade, which lead to 54,559,615 lives lost to abortion. Despite the fact that the survey in the study was referred to as “simplistic” because it had a limited sample size of 200 registered Latino voters, I believe that is time to stand in prayer for the Latino population in this country. Why? Latina women made up 25 percent of all abortions in 2008 alone despite the fact that Latinos only account for 16 percent of the overall population in the United States.
“After African Americans, Hispanics are the second group with the highest abortion rates in the U.S,” the Huffington Post reports. “But more significant than the numbers themselves are the social and political implications of the abortion debate.
The question of where Latinos stand in the social spectrum– including their stance on abortion — is a key indicator of how they will vote in the coming elections. The survey confirms the notion that Latinos are no longer as socially conservative as they have historically been.”
In this vase Internet age of information, where news is readily available to us at any moment of the day, we can turn discouraging news like into encouraging intercessions because we are also living in a growing praying age. As believers, we appeal to the greatest government of all in God’s Kingdom. I ask that you will keep the Latino community close to your heart and pray against the findings in this study, although other sources already undermine the stipulation that Latinos sympathetic on the issue of abortion, when they have been known to be in “greater opposition to abortion than the public overall,” as the Washington Post reported.