June 03, 2005

Bush and Abortion: The Truth Comes Out

Hat-tip to Christianity Today on this one -- let's see if anyone else picks it up.

"Abortions have increased during the Bush administration." How often have we been told that? Howard Dean said so. John Kerry said so during the campaign. Sojourners magazine reported it. And, though I've heard some people who were shocked, and some who didn't WANT to believe it, I haven't heard much refuting it.

Until now.

Politicians from Hillary Clinton and John Kerry to Howard Dean have recently contended that abortions have increased since George W. Bush took office in 2001.

This claim is false. It's based on an an opinion piece that used data from only 16 states. A study by the Alan Guttmacher Institute of 43 states found that abortions have actually decreased. Update, May 26: The author of the original claim now concedes that the Guttmacher study is "significantly better" than his own.

What motivation could people have had to spread this kind of story? Obviously, to break the evangelical block that was supporting Bush. MY question is why didn't anyone check into the allegations?

We have a "Christian blogosphere" that includes some talented people. Did we all miss this? Were we so invloved in damage control, making excuses for the President, that we took it for granted that the data was accurate? I admit, I was disturbed by this "fact" -- though I questioned how the President was going to do something about a "private decision between a woman and her doctor." Abortion is still legal. It is OUR responsibility to make sure that it doesn't have to happen.

Our responsibility NOW is to make sure, whenever someone spouts the "abortion has increased under Bush" line, that they learn the truth. Keep the link above handy -- they have background data there as well. Now that we have the facts, it's time to start letting people know about it.

{UPDATE: Jonathan Bunch over at In the Agora posted this two days ago. Joe Carter at The Evangelical Outpost made mention of this in yesterday's outtakes.

Posted by: Warren Kelly at 08:32 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 I called them on some of their points months ago, but this is new information at factcheck. Someone did a serious study to investigate the claims, and it turned up information that no one had before. That's why no one's been talking about the new stuff until factcheck published the new findings. If you're wondering why no one has been talking about the new findings since it came out, I'm not sure what you mean. World Magazine had a post on it the day it appeared, and I followed up on theirs, with ProLife Blogs following on my post. I believe the links you give in your update were later than those.

Posted by: Jeremy Pierce at June 06, 2005 06:42 AM (Ihkjb)

2 I guess you've got HTML disabled or something funny like that, so let me try again. Here is my original post in November: http://parablemania.ektopos.com/archives/2004/11/bush_and_suppos.html Here is my more recent one: http://parablemania.ektopos.com/archives/2005/05/fact-checking_a.html The links to the other stuff are in those posts.

Posted by: Jeremy Pierce at June 06, 2005 06:45 AM (Ihkjb)

3 I fixed the HTML thing, Jeremy -- I thought it was already set that way. I can understand me missing the story on World, because I don't read that one that much, but I'm not sure how I missed the one on your blog -- I've got it in my RSS subscriptions. Must have missed it -- thanks for the links.

Posted by: Warren at June 06, 2005 11:49 AM (a64K1)

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