I'm responding to Rick's post about the new Guttmacher numbers, which I'm sure we all agree are welcome. Apropos of our discussion before the new year about the connection between morality and legality, the LA Times (via Kevin Drum) had this nugget:
Some of the biggest drops in the abortion rate, however, have
come in states that do not impose tight restrictions. Oregon, for
instance, was rated this week by Americans United for Life as the
nation's "least pro-life state," yet its abortion rate dropped 25% from
2000 to 2005 ? more than any state except Wyoming. California also was ranked hostile territory by Americans United for
Life, but its abortion rate fell 13%, significantly more than the
national average. "Abortion rate" refers to the number of abortions per
1,000 women of reproductive age.
Now, this is not exactly on point, since our discussion was about the effectiveness of prohibition and (for the moment) states are not permitted to ban abortion, but it does suggest that there's a lot of low hanging fruit out there that permit significant drops in the abortion rate without legal prohibition, or even restriction.
Student Scholarship: The Right to Abortion in Taiwan Hsiaowei Kuan (Penn Law) has posted Abortion Law and Abortion Discourse in Taiwan: Rights, Social Movements and Democratization on SSRN. Here is the abstract: My dissertation tells a story of the abortion right in Taiwan: how abortion was not a...
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Presidential Candidates on Abortion CNN Politics.com Election Center 2008 has a section on abortion, including summaries of the candidates' positions on abortion and clips of the candidates speaking about abortion.
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