Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Stats on Poverty and Abortion

Ruben, the pastor from the church I have been going to sent me these thoughts and asked me to post them. Maybe we can get him to post some more stuff, because he likes to think and talk about issues that matter!

A response to Dusty's thoughts on the link between opportunity and abortion:

From Knight Ridder Newspapers: A decade long decline in abortions during the 1990s appears to have reversed. The abortion rate, which fell to a twenty-four year low in 2000 rose after that. Is it just coincidence that the abortion rate rose when the economy declined? Two-thirds of women who have abortions cite "inability to afford a child" as the primary reason. Since 2001, the economy has lost jobs, average real incomes have decreased, the minimum wage has not been raised to match inflation, and health care and health insurance have skyrocketed.

Economy policy and abortion are not separate issues; they form one moral imperative. Anti-abortion rhetoric is hollow without health care, health insurance, jobs, child care and a living wage.

The above information was gleaned from the most recent Mennonite Weekly Review.


At 11/03/2004 11:02 AM, Blogger Jesse Brown said...

About citing "inability to afford a child" as the primary reason for women to have an abortion... how many of these women would be considered below the poverty line? I'm sure that many working women would not be able to afford to raise another child because of their work and lifestyle. Furthermore, what about women who wish to have a child because of the financial benefits that they would receive from the federal government? That sounds silly but it does take place.


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