June 21, 2007


It's Not Enough to Be 'Wanted': Illegitimacy has risen despite--indeed, because of--legal abortion. (JOHN R. LOTT JR., June 19, 2007, Opinion Journal)

Many academic studies have shown that legalized abortion, by encouraging premarital sex, increased the number of unplanned births, even outweighing the reduction in unplanned births due to abortion. In the United States from the early 1970s, when abortion was liberalized, through the late 1980s, there was a tremendous increase in the rate of out-of-wedlock births, rising from an average of 5% of all births in 1965-69 to more than 16% two decades later (1985-1989). For blacks, the numbers soared from 35% to 62%. While not all of this rise can be attributed to liberalized abortion rules, it was nevertheless a key contributing factor.

The ugly reality is that had white elites realized that legalized abortion would lead to the disposal of black babies they'd not have embraced the issue.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 21, 2007 6:20 AM
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