The bad economy has saved thousands of lives. Of course, to some, that’s the bad news:
U.S. abortions fell 5 percent during the recession and its aftermath in the biggest one-year decrease in at least a decade, perhaps because women are more careful to use birth control when times are tough, researchers say.
The decline, detailed on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, came in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Both the number of abortions and the abortion rate dropped by the same percentage.
Some experts theorize that some women believed they couldn’t afford to get pregnant.
“They stick to straight and narrow … and they are more careful about birth control,” said Elizabeth Ananat, a Duke University assistant professor of public policy and economics who has researched abortions.
That sounds awfully judgmental, no? “Straight and narrow” in hard times (a rather unfortunate choice of word), wanton and libertine in good times? (What better time?)
You might think a bad economy would lead to more abortions by women who are struggling. However, John Santelli, a Columbia University professor of population and family health, said: “The economy seems to be having a fundamental effect on pregnancies, not abortions.”
More findings from the CDC:
The majority of abortions are performed by the eighth week of pregnancy, when the fetus is about the size of a lima bean.
White women had the lowest abortion rate, at about 8.5 per 1,000 women of child-bearing age; the rate for black women was about four times that. The rate for Hispanic women was about 19 per 1,000.
About 85 percent of those who got abortions were unmarried.
About the size of a lima bean, huh?
So it is, if a uniquely shaped and vulnerable looking lima bean.
Also, I note that black woman abort their babies at a rate four times that of white women (and twice that of Hispanic women). I will never forget our ex-reader, Robert, an avowed liberal, who saluted those brave African American women courageous enough to snuff out their little lima beans (unless they were the size of brussels sprouts by then, or artichokes) on the grounds of not being able to afford them. A bit presumptuous on his part, I thought, but maybe he knew better than I. Certainly the prospects of a black child born to a single mother are, sadly, fairly dim.
But if that’s the bad news, American commerce and initiative is the good news:
A Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in souther Florida is offering a black Friday discount — including $10 off a visit to the abortion center today.
Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast offered the special, saying, “Visit our West Palm Beach or Kendall Health Center for special after Thanksgiving savings on Friday, November 23rd.”
Pro-life blogger Jill Stanek noticed the Black Friday discount and responded, “Planned Parenthood brings new meaning to the term, “Black Friday,” doesn’t it?”
An Orlando, Florida abortion clinic continues to offer outlandish deals and discounts on abortions — with one offer consisting of a free abortion along with the purchase of an ultrasound.
The Orlando Women’s Center abortion clinic has been offering Sunday discounts since at least last November, when writer Stacy Trasancos profiled them at LifeNews.
What’s the ultrasound for—like, a hunting trophy? They don’t let you stuff and mount the baby, sorry fetus, sorry lima bean, so they give you a picture instead?
And let’s just be clear what these discounts are for. Planned Parenthood is almost exclusively in the business of providing abortions. Our ill-informed President’s ignorant assertions aside, they do virtually nothing else.
I still support safe, legal, and rare access to abortion—as the pro-abortion types put it. I just wish they did too.