Abortion is likely one of the most contentious issues in the U.S., with seemingly no way for a civil conversation between people on either side of this divide. What might make matters even worse is that those who try to help those seeking an abortion – as in Texas – might risk being sued.

However, the issue may be even more complicated: Sociologist Tricia C. Bruce and her colleagues, who interviewed hundreds of Americans confidentially, found that Americans could be opposed to abortion and yet be willing to assist a loved one who was seeking one.

Legislation that targets “helpers” might dampen the response. But many, as Bruce writes, are willing to lend a hand, despite their opposition rooted in strongly held moral beliefs.

This week we also liked articles about the recently unearthed video footage of Prince when he was 11 years old, the poison pills companies use to fend off hostile takeovers, and some of the changes underway that could slow the pace of climate change.

Kalpana Jain

Senior Religion + Ethics Editor

Views around opposition to abortion may be more complicated than what might appear on the surface. Peter Muhly/AFP via Getty Images

Opposition to abortion doesn’t stop some Americans from supporting friends and family who seek one

Tricia C. Bruce, University of Notre Dame

A sociologist found in her research that many Americans who are opposed to abortion may nonetheless be willing to support a friend or family member seeking one.

The Minneapolis public school system helped to musically educate artists like Prince, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. John Ferguson/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

An 11-year-old Prince spoke out in support of his striking Minneapolis teachers – a historian of the city’s music scene explains why

Rashad Shabazz, Arizona State University

Music education in Minneapolis public schools stood out as one of the best and gave rise to the city’s music scene that helped propel Prince to fame, a scholar writes.

Poison pills usually work, but Elon Musk appears undeterred. AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu

Do poison pills work? A finance expert explains the anti-takeover tool that Twitter hopes will keep Elon Musk at bay

Tuugi Chuluun, Loyola University Maryland

Twitter adopted a so-called poison pill to make it much harder for Musk to take over the company.


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