UPDATE, 10:05a: Dr. New has notified me Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good receives funding from George Soros.
There is yet another chapter in the debate with Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good re: the study it released during the fall election season claiming pro-life laws do not work, and welfare is the best way to stop abortion.
Professor Michael New’s numerous studies to the contrary were the focus of the CACG study’s animus, and he became the point of the spear jabbing back at CACG.
Today Dr. New reveals CACG’s study results were quietly changed (after the election, of course) and an author removed.
He writes on Professor Robert George’s Moral Accountability, a new website holding morally accountable that small band of Catholic and Evangelical intellectuals who promoted Barack Obama as president…
An August 2008 study released by the group Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good had Obama supporters (and some editorial boards) swooning. Analyzing state level abortion data from 1982 to 2000, it purportedly found evidence that increased spending on various welfare programs resulted in substantial reductions in state abortion rates.
The spin given to the results was that many pro-life laws, such as those requiring parental notification for abortions performed on minor girls, had little effect. So the paradoxical message to pro-life voters was that they could best advance their interests by electing pro-choice Democrats instead of pro-life Republicans.
Not surprisingly, this study had a substantial impact on the debate over sanctity of life issues during the 2008 Presidential election…. [It] gave Doug Kmiec, Nicholas Cafardi, and others intellectual legitimacy in arguing that pro-life voters should vote for liberals, even if they favor abortion-on-demand and its public funding, in order to advance the pro-life cause. At last, there was a methodologically sophisticated study which allegedly demonstrated that the welfare policies favored by Democrats were more effective in preventing abortion than the pro-life laws supported by Republicans. It seemed too good to be true.
It was. In November, with no public announcement, CACG removed this study from their website. A replacement version was uploaded shortly thereafter. The replacement version differs from its predecessor in a number of interesting ways.
First and foremost, one of the authors of the August study, Professor Michael Bailey of Georgetown University, removed his name from the November version. Joseph Wright, a Visiting Fellow at Notre Dame, is the sole author of the current study….
Continuing reading Dr. New’s article here.
In related news, the former spokesperson for CACG, Eric McFadden (pictured right), was arrested January 14 in OH on 7 prostitution counts, some including a minor, according to The Columbus Dispatch.