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  • Michael New responds to [Northwestern University law professor] Andrew Koppelman’s claims that red state policies and the religious right increase abortions:
  • … According to Koppelman, the hostility in red states to both contraception and comprehensive sex education leads to a greater incidence of abortion. Conversely, even though blue states are more tolerant of premarital sex, their support for comprehensive sex education and contraception actually lowers abortion rates….

    … [T]he best way to empirically test Koppelman’s claims is to simply analyze abortion data from the state level. If Koppelman’s claims are correct, then sexually permissive, contraceptive friendly blue states should have the lowest abortion rates. However, that is not the case. Data from both the CDC and… Guttmacher clearly indicate that abortion rates are significantly lower in red states than in blue states.

  • Yesterday, NE Gov. Dave Heineman signed NE’s fetal pain law (which prohibits abortion at 20 weeks and beyond) and the law requiring abortionists to screen women for risk factors. The fetal pain bill isn’t scheduled to take effect until October.
  • Ed Whelan shoots down Emily Bazelon’s attempt to defend possible Supreme Court pick Diane Wood’s abortion rulings.
  • Some ND pro-lifers have submitted petition language to the state’s secretary of state to ban fetal “skull crushing.” If the language is approved they would need to gather 13,000 signatures to get the language on the ballot.
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