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Increasing Abortion Rates
Abortion rates have increased under George W. Bush. This article suggests why this is so.
In the article excerpt below we see a strong pro-life professor concerned that abortions have been increasing in the years of the Bush administration and that may be because the "abortion rate is directly tied to economic and social conditions" and inadequate health insurance. Now this is the kind of analysis with which I completely agree. If we really do want the abortion rate to go down, as I believe most do, indeed, want, it will not work to simply make them illegal (which would generate a whole set of other problems) but to do something about the economic and social conditions within which people have to live and provide adequate health insurance.
A study done by Glen Harold Stassen, a professor of Christian ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Gary Krane, an independent journalist, examined whatever state data were available for the last few years (since federal reports go only to 2000). They found that although abortion rates were at a 24-year low when President Bush took office, that trend appears to have reversed.
Michigan's rate increased by 11.3 percent from 2000 to 2003, and Kentucky's by 3.2 percent. The number of abortions in Colorado went from 4,463 in 2001 to 9,852 in 2003. The number even went up in the President's home state of Texas.
In fact, of the 16 states for which data were available, only seven showed a decrease. And since most of the data came from conservative Midwestern states (with better reporting systems), Stassen thinks the national picture would be far more alarming.
As an ardent pro-lifer, he is alarmed. Stassen contends that the abortion rate is directly tied to economic and social conditions, and that women are more likely to terminate a pregnancy if they are unemployed, unmarried, and without adequate health insurance.
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