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Population implosion makes conservative “want to procreate”

SE CuppThe Malthusian paranoia of a coming population boom has nothing on the reality of a coming population implosion.

Frankly it kinda makes a girl want to procreate.

~ MSNBC contributor S.E. Cupp (pictured) commenting on Jonathan Last’s What To Expect When No One’s Expecting, via MSNBC’s Inside the Cycle, February 23

[HT: Jill]

Catholic University prof: Voting for Romney will raise abortion rates

Even a professor at Catholic University of America, Stephen Schneck, has proposed the absolutely insane argument that voting for Obama is a good thing because there will be less abortion under him than Romney because Romney’s policies will cause more poverty and therefore more abortions.

And this man has a PhD.–and more to the point– is paid by a Catholic university???


~ Michael Voris, incredulous over the recent statements made by Democrats for Life board member and co-chair of Catholics for Obama, Stephen Schneck (pictured above right), via Church Militant TV, September 28

Jonathan Last of The Weekly Standard totally deconstructs Professor Schneck’s argument with actual data.

Stanek weekend question: Should Republicans engage on abortion or just let Democrats hang themselves?

It’s a strategy question.

Jonathan Last at The Weekly Standard has written a great piece, “The Party of Abortion,” beginning with:

The Democratic party underwent an ideological evolution in Charlotte last week. They are no longer a pro-choice party. They’re the party of abortion.

As if to prove his point, the pro-abortion group Feministing posted this tweet last night…

which linked to this gif (featuring drag queen RuPaul, btw)….

Last concluded:

What’s strange is that the Democrats have moved one way on abortion as the country has moved the other. In surveys since 2009, Americans have been increasingly identifying themselves as “pro-life,” as opposed to “pro-choice.” In Gallup’s last poll on the subject, the gap between the two was 9 points in the pro-life direction, the widest it’s ever been.

The Democrats’ new position on abortion is probably good for the Republican party. Doubly so because Republicans didn’t even have to draw the contrast – there was barely a word said on the subject in Tampa – the Democrats eagerly drew the contrast for them.

But what’s good for the GOP will not be good for the fight against abortion in the long term. Moving away from America as a land of abortion-on-demand requires national consensus, which can only be built through moral persuasion. Moral persuasion is possible in an ideological contest. Yet once the debate over abortion passes from the ideological to the partisan, persuasion becomes more difficult. Still, the only alternative now is for the pro-life party to win, and then successfully to advance a pro-life agenda….

Last seemed to be saying Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan should continue to focus on Barack Obama’s weak spots – jobs and the economy – win the election, and then promote the cause.

Do you agree?

Jivin J’s Life Links 9-19-11

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  • Here’s an article in the China Post about the rising trend in Taiwan for married couples to abort their first child. Taiwan’s total fertility rate in 2010 was 0.895.
  • A ballot proposal to legalize abortion in Liechtenstein failed:

    Opponents won the referendum with a majority of 514 votes, out of 11,510 ballots cast. The official count put no-votes at 52.3 percent, ahead of 47.7 percent who favored the plan to decriminalize abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy or if the child is severely disabled.

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To have kids or not to have kids?

In study after study, researchers find that parents are consistently less happy than non-parents. No matter how you control the sample, if you have two identical people—one with a child and one without—the parent will be 5.6 percentage points less happy.

~Jonathan Last’s review of Bryan Caplan’s book, Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think , Wall Street Journal, April 16

Jivin J’s Life Links 10-13-10

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