Monday, October 18, 2004

Study Finds Abortion Rising Under Bush

If the goal of President Bush is to reduce the number of abortions performed each year, apparently, the best way would be for him to resign.

Reported by - In a study by Glen Stassen, a Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, conducted a study that finds abortion rising under Bush due to Economic Policies. Professor Stassen finds that contrary to popular assumption, abortion has risen in the U.S. during George W. Bush's presidency and that the increase is linked to economic policy. "Under President Bush, the decade-long trend of declining abortion rates appears to have reversed," said Glen Stassen. Citing connections to rising unemployment and soaring healthcare costs, Stassen noted that "economic policy and abortion are not separate issues. They form one moral imperative." Using data from the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, the Guttmacher Institute, and reporting by individual states, Stassen found that U.S. abortion rates declined 17.4% in the 1990s to a 24-year low when Bush took office. Many expected that downward trend to continue under the conservative president, but Stassen found the opposite: 52,000 more abortions occurred in 2002 than would have been expected under the pre-2000 conditions, and abortion has risen significantly in those states reporting multi-year abortion statistics.

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1 comment:

vvl said...

I just stumbled across this (really old) post via google. It turns out Stassen's analysis had major statistical flaws. The Guttmacher Institute (affiliated with Planned Parenthood) released a report stating that the abortion rate has actually dropped during the Bush Administration. Read more here: