Cultural Revolutions

Abortion on the Rise

Abortion is on the rise in the United States—and has been since George W. Bush was first inaugurated President in January 2001.  Current estimates of the number of abortions performed annually in America hover just above 1.3 million.  What may astonish many of the “moral values” voters who reelected President Bush last November is that, from 1992 to 2000 (coinciding with President Clinton’s eight years in office), abortions actually declined significantly, from 1.528 million to just over 1.1 million—the lowest rate since 1974.

Why has the number of abortions risen under a putatively pro-life president after declining under a pro-abortion one?  Dr. Glen Harold Stassen, a Christian ethicist who is trained in statistical analysis, has examined abortion rates in 16 states that have published statistics for 2001 and 2002.  Dr. Stassen found that “three of the 16 states had more marriages in 2002 than in 2001, and in those states abortion rates decreased.  In the 16 states overall, there were 16,392 fewer marriages than the year before, and 7,869 more abortions.”  Marriage rates have a strong correlation to economic conditions; as Dr. Stassen points out, “As male unemployment increases, marriages fall and abortion rises.”

Dr. Stassen concludes that “Economic policy and abortion are not separate issues; they form one moral imperative.” ...

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