Thursday, June 02, 2005

Economy and Abortion Rates

For those few die-hards who say abortion rises and falls with the strength of the economy, data for rates during the Bush administration have been published- and by theAlan Guttmacher Institute, PP's own.

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2005 ( – The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) has published a new report which demonstrates that, contrary to several claims made in the last year, abortion rates in the US have continued their decline under the Bush administration. What the AGI report shows is that... under Bush the abortion rates have continued their two-decade long decrease. Between 2001 and 2002 the AGI estimates a decrease of .9% in the abortion rate.

As it has been said, many times before, there doesn't seem to be any correlation between abortion rates and the man in the White House. A good or bad economy doesn't seem to be affecting the rates.

I would, however, like to know what the other factors are. I would imagine contraception, primarily the pill and other hormonals, like the patch or the depo-Provera shot (yay, hormones AND steroids, for sustainable release!) contribute to the efficency rates, since those are once a week/month/6mo, etc. Less administration = fewer chances to mess up and end up pregnant, (remember, children are such bad and evil things in today's world). If anyone knows of a way to acertain the impact the pro-life movement and its verious ministries, let me know! I think they have had a significant impact in this as well. I hope I see the overturn of Roe v. Wade in my lifetime, and that society will realize how horrifying abortion really is. The only thing that these numbers do not include are those children aborted by contraceptive means such as hormonal concoctions like the pill, or IUD's, etc.

Ok, here are the stats by PP's pet non-profit org, and a note about them: Counts of abortions are based on the Guttmacher Institute's survey of abortionists. Guttmacher is a strongly pro-abortion organization. Their counts are typically about 10% higher than government figures, because they are based on direct reporting by friendly organizations, while the government numbers come indirectly through state health departments, with varying degress of vigor in pursuit of complete numbers.

Note that in '98, the CDC stopped tracking numbers in some states. Abortions from AK, CA, NH, and OK arenot counted in '98-99 numbers, and AK, CA, and NH are still missing from 2000-2001figures- I could not find a graph including those years, however.]


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At 5:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I am curious if there wasn't a motivation of the "your candidate won't affect the abortion rates, so you may as well vote for the one we like" variety, given how so many people said they voted for Bush due to his stand on abortion.

At 10:15 AM, Blogger Ma Beck said...

Excellent post.
A point to bear in mind is that the Pill causes spontaneous abortion. It is estimated that a woman who uses the Pill throughout her fertile life will have unknowingly aborted hundreds, perhaps thousands, of newly created babies.
This is why in Illinois, my state, Catholic pharmacists who are refusing to dispense the Pill (Hey, you want to kill your baby? Find another pharmacist to help.) are being castigated by politicians of the left and right. You don't see politicians forcing Muslims who own convenience stores to sell cigarettes and liquor. You don't see the governor (who is a Catholic in name only) forcing Jewish delis to add ham on rye and BLTs to the menu. There's a pharmacy on every corner in Chicago. If JMJ Pharmacy down the street won't dispense your nasty pills, go to Osco or Walgreens. They'll be happy to assist you. Leave the good Catholic pharmacists out of your sinful plans.

At 7:10 PM, Blogger Grateful Catholic said...

There was a lot of talk, several years ago, about groups like NOW being very concerned with polls showing that pro-life sentiment among high-school aged young women was on the rise. The optimist in me wonders if perhaps that has played a role in the trend at issue.


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