Abortion Above the Law (in a Good Way)

Abortions in America, at near-record lows, have declined almost equally in both the most pro-life and pro-choice states. Does that mean state-level restrictions—230 laws have passed since 2011—are irrelevant? Not quite, said Americans United for Life (AUL): State debates generate public awareness, leading to fewer abortions. (Abortions did increase in pro-life Louisiana, but due to out-of-state patients after new laws in Mississippi and Texas closed clinics.) AUL cited the popularity of ultrasounds for the nationwide decline of 12 percent since 2010. Other factors: the rising popularity of the morning-after pill, and higher teen abstinence rates.

Gordon College Trims Budget

About 15 positions at Gordon College were eliminated this past summer due to a six-percent reduction in the college’s budget. A handful of tenured faculty members also accepted a voluntary offer to resign. Those faculty received a year-long sabbatical to assist in their transition.

Fewer than five tenured faculty took the voluntary offer, said university spokesman Rick Sweeney. One untenured faculty member was among the staff cuts. “No tenured faculty members were laid off in this process and some individuals whose positions were eliminated were actually able to find other roles at the College,” Sweeney told CT in an email.

Sweeney did not give specifics on the faculty members who left voluntarily, citing college personnel policy. The budget reduction will likely remain in place for the 2017 academic year.

“We are committed to minimizing as much as possible the cost to Gordon families each year,” Sweeney said.

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