The Abortion Rate Is Falling. Why?

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The abortion rate has come down to an all-time low---the lowest rate since 1973, the first year for which we have accurate numbers. In fact, the abortion rate dropped 13% between 2008 and 2011. Pro-life groups are arguing that this drop is the result of new abortion restrictions, but in fact the vast majority of these new restrictions were enacted after the 2010 midterm election, and would have no effect on the 2008 to 2011 data. Further, the study itself found that new abortion restrictions and … [Read more...]

Sad but True

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I remember when Mitt Romney became incensed that anyone would say that his homemaker wife had never "worked" even as Mitt Romney himself had argued that poor mothers shouldn't be allowed to stay at home on the dole because they needed "the dignity of work." I also remember Mitt Romney both wanting to pass a personhood amendment that would ban abortion and simultaneously blaming gun violence on single mothers. One of the reasons wrote my viral post about losing faith in the pro-life movement was … [Read more...]

One Year Ago Today: My Viral Moment

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One year ago today I woke up and checked my blog's stats. I had known when I had written it that the previous day's post---How I Lost Faith in the Pro-Life Movement---would be well-read, and was curious to see what the total number of page views had been. The answer: 19,179. I was thrilled. Only one post---This Is the Most Important Election of All Time! (Again)---had ever gotten more page views. I then checked how many page views I'd had so far the current day, thinking that the number would be … [Read more...]

And You Wonder Why I See the Right as Anti-Woman . . .

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I recently spent several hours arguing about abortion. The conversation started when a man I'd known during college scoffed at the idea that Republicans are anti-woman and said "actually, it's the progressives who have the truly anti-woman position, what with their support of the abortion industry that harms so many women." I read that statement and couldn't just leave it.I explained to him that what harms women are the situations to at they find themselves in, not abortion itself, and that if … [Read more...]

How Has Pregnancy Changed Your Views on Abortion?

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I recently received an email from a journalist who is seeking parents who were pro-life until they had children, and then adopted a more pro-choice stance after experiencing firsthand the costs of pregnancy, birth, and childcare. I myself identified as pro-choice before I became pregnant or had children (though pregnancy did make me more pro-choice) so I don't fit the qualifications for this story, but I thought some of you might. If you're interested in offering your thoughts, ema … [Read more...]

On Bad Logic, Abortion, and Children’s Rights

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Blogger Connie, a homeschool mom with eight children, recently wrote a post on why she opposes regulation of homeschooling. (She says it's because she doesn't trust the government.) In that post she approvingly showcased an earlier comment on the topic that had been left by a reader: Public schools and their employees/programs are required to account and report things, and stay accountable, because they are using public dollars and are essentially employees to public money. As such, they do and … [Read more...]

How I Lost My Fear of Margaret Sanger

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Growing up in the pro-life movement, I was taught that birth control originated as an attempt to eliminate "unfit races," and that the chief instigator in this was Margaret Sanger. In my circles, Planned Parenthood carried a stigma because it was founded by that eugenicist, Margaret Sanger. Yesterday I wrote about Teddy Roosevelt and suggested that antifeminists may want to look elsewhere for an endorsement of childbearing, because Teddy's endorsement was rooted in his racist and classist … [Read more...]


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