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Thursday, July 07, 2005  

Law of unintended consequences file

WSJ's James Taranto's oft cited "Roe Effect" where abortions have caused more conservative babies to be born than liberal ones is refuted by Steve Sailor's analysis which includes a very sad fact of the matter:

What Taranto fails to understand is that legalizing abortion vastly (my emphasis) increased the number of unwanted pregnancies, just as it also increased the sexually transmitted disease rate, by making unprotected coitus seem less risky. As U. of Chicago economist Steven D. Levitt notes in his bestseller Freakonomics, after the Roe decision in 1973, “Conceptions rose by nearly 30 percent, but births actually fell by 6 percent …” So, net, for every six fetuses aborted in the 1970s, five would never have been conceived except for Roe!

posted by Mark Butterworth | 10:27 AM |