5 reasons to celebrate American culture in 2014

5 reasons to celebrate American culture in 2014

  1. Americans are more pro-life than ever
     World-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli made news when he told the story of how his mother decided to bring him into this world despite warnings that his life would not be worth living. Today, 50 percent of Americans join Bocelli in identifying themselves as pro-life. This is the first time in the 40 years since Roe v. Wade that a majority of Americans have joined in the defense of women and children. In fact, opinion has shifted substantially in the past 20 years: In 1995, 56 percent of Americans identified themselves as pro-choice, but now that number is less than 41 percent.
  2. There has been a decrease in the number of teens in trouble. Since 1991, there has been a 36 percent decrease in high school students carrying weapons. There has also been a drop in the number of teens carrying guns, becoming involved in physical altercations, and being injured in fights. In the past 20 years, teen pregnancy rates have dropped by more than 40 percent, and more teens today are choosing to delay sexual activity, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Less than 6 percent of all teens have had sex by their 15th birthday—a substantial drop from the13 percent figure reported in 2012.

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