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.