Sunday, October 24, 2004

Abortions increase under Bush

Dr Glen Harold Stassen has done a study concluding that abortions have increased under President Bush. I have said before that our pro-choice President hasn't done anything to decrease abortions in our country since taking office. I didn't think that they would be increasing however. Dr Stassen concludes abortions are up because of Bush's economic policies. That argument I believe has little merit, and so I will just give you the numbers:

Abortion was decreasing. When President Bush took office, the nation's abortion rates were at a 24-year low, after a 17.4% decline during the 1990s. This was an average decrease of 1.7% per year, mostly during the latter part of the decade.

Enter George W. Bush in 2001. One would expect the abortion rate to continue its consistent course downward, if not plunge. Instead, the opposite happened. I found three states that have posted multi-year statistics through 2003, and abortion rates have risen in all three: Kentucky's increased by 3.2% from 2000 to 2003. Michigan's increased by 11.3% from 2000 to 2003. Pennsylvania's increased by 1.9% from 1999 to 2002. I found 13 additional states that reported statistics for 2001 and 2002. Eight states saw an increase in abortion rates (14.6% average increase), and five saw a decrease (4.3% average decrease).

Under President Bush, the decade-long trend of declining abortion rates appears to have reversed. Given the trends of the 1990s, 52,000 more abortions occurred in the United States in 2002 than would have been expected before this change of direction.
Conservatives can hope that President Bush, during a second term, will act boldly to decrease abortions in the USA. However, we, the church, should not put our trust in the government in this important matter of life and death.