Abortion is an issue that can hardly be ignored in this country. It plays a decisive role in local elections, in national elections, and in the nomination of judges to the Supreme Court. Each year hundreds of thousands of people participate in demonstrations and rallies to either protect or end the practice of abortion. The issue of abortion has prompted articles, books, sermons, speeches, yard signs, bumper stickers, billboards, websites, etc. It is truly the hot-button issue of the day.