Written by Sherry
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 12:11
The Catholic Alliance for the Common Good released this study today on Reducing Abortion in America:
The Effect of Economic and Social Supports
Alas, I don't have time to crunch the numbers right now but here are a couple of pertinent quotes.
Economic support for working families and pregnant women does not increase fertility.
Our analysis indicates that public policies that increase economic support for families and pregnant women do not increase the fertility rate. This suggests that pro-family policies reduce abortions, but do not increase the pregnancy rate. There is little evidence, therefore, to suggest that these policies provide a reward incentive for additional children. More generous economic bene?ts that support families, while reducing abortions, have no effect on the fertility rate. However, the family cap on government assistance, which was intended to reduce “welfare dependency,” increases both abortion and fertility rates. Rather than reducing pregnancy rates, the family cap may have had the opposite effect.
"The starting point for this study is the observation that the number of abortions in the United States decreased dramatically during the 1990s, as shown in Figure 1.2 According to data from the Allan Guttmacher Institute, abortions fell by 18% from 1990-2000, while the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates show a 21% reduction. In either case, this represents over 300,000 fewer abortions in 2000 compared with 1990."
Think. 300,000 American 8 year olds alive today because they were not aborted in 2000.
Clearly a report worth reading in depth in this election year.