by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • At The Atlantic Cities, Richard Florida discusses the geography of abortion in the United States. Much of it shows how incredibly wrong pro-choicers are when they act as if pro-life policies do nothing to affect the abortion rate (emphasis mine):

    First and foremost, the geography of abortion follows the red and blue political patterning of the states. It is positively associated with the share of state voters who voted for Obama in 2008 (.60 to .65) and negatively associated with McCain votes (-.58 to -.63). This is a dramatic change from 1974-1988, the period covered by the 1994 NBER study, which found that “extensive Republican or Democratic control in a state is uncorrelated with abortion rates.” …

    Abortion is most strongly associated with the fault-line of socio-economic class, across three key dimensions—income, education, and occupation. Abortion rates track closely with the wealth and affluence of states: the richer the location, the higher the rate of abortions (the correlations between the two range from .53 to .65). This effect is in line with previous studies and thus appears to be of long standing.

  • The Detroit News has a lackluster editorial which attempts to argue that providing regulations on the abortion industry is bad because it would make abortions “needlessly costly and cumbersome.” The editorial claims abortion clinic regulations aren’t needed because “physicians already are personally licensed by the state and have to adhere to professional standards governing their treatment decisions. A state medical board will suspend or strip a doctor’s license if he or she violates the standards.”

    Later, it notes a report which showed a number of abortionists who have violated basic medical standards and are still licensed but claims new regulations aren’t need because “weeding out bad actors through heightened surveillance and enforcement of laws on the books would be a better approach than onerous new restrictions that discourage good doctors from providing the service. Perhaps the state’s enforcement division needs more inspectors.”

  • Live Action has released another video showing two abortion clinics in North Carolina willing to perform sex-selection abortions. The local Planned Parenthood caught on tape has issued a statement from the national office. No word on whether the employee was fired or not:


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