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Monday, October 27, 2008

More Evidence that a Democratic President Isn't Going to Reduce Abortions

In order to defend a vote for Obama and against McCain, commenters here at Fumare and elsewhere have argued that since the abortion rate went down during the 1990s under Clinton, a Democratic presidency will reduce abortions.

The Public Discourse has an article thoroughly refuting this claim, pointing out that the decline in abortions during the Clinton years was due to pro-life state legislation.
For instance, the 1990s decline in the abortion rate--a decline that is eagerly touted by these Obama and Kerry supporters--had virtually nothing to do with policies enacted by President Clinton, and much to do with the dramatic increase in the number of states that were enacting pro-life laws. The information below comes from NARAL's Who Decides, an annual publication which provides information about abortion legislation:

- In 1992, virtually no states were enforcing informed-consent laws; by 2000, 27 states had informed-consent laws in effect.

- In 1992, no states had banned or restricted partial-birth abortion; by 2000, twelve states had bans or restrictions in effect.

- In 1992, only 20 states were enforcing parental-involvement statutes; by 2000, 32 states were enforcing these laws.

Furthermore, there is plenty of evidence which suggests that these and other types of pro-life legislation have been effective at reducing the incidence of abortion.
The article also cites several studies which suggest that abortion rates will go up when this pro-life legislation is struck down, which is exactly what Obama has promised to do.

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