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Hold the presses: Sociologists discover pro-lifers have more children than pro-choicers!

by | Aug 14, 2014


By Dave Andrusko

stickfamilyreI try to make the last post of the day short and to the point. This is taken from “Big pro-life families are shifting the abortion debate,” written by the Boston Globe’s Kevin White and posted August 10.

White is summarizing the findings of an article written by sociologists at Northwestern University. Since I can’t readily access Kevern, A. & Freese, J., “Differential Fertility as a Determinant of Trends in Public Opinion about Abortion in the United States,” Northwestern University (July 2014), I will assume White’s excerpt and summary is accurate.

White writes

“Although prochoice views became more common from the 1960s through the 1980s, the trend seems to have reached a plateau and maybe even reversed in the last two decades, especially among the younger generation…”

The rest of his sentence is the question this study partly answers:

“despite liberalizing attitudes towards other social issues.”

Well, guess what? “Pro-choicers” are having fewer children than we are. And “given that offspring tend to adopt their parents’ attitudes,” there are (surprise, surprise) “fewer prochoice individuals in the next generation.”

According to White,

“the sociologists found that ‘if family size were uncorrelated with abortion attitudes, the resulting population would be about five percentage points more prochoice than is presently observed’ and that ‘this pattern does not simply reflect a broader trend toward higher fertility among those who are more politically conservative.’”

I have read that paragraph maybe twenty times. I’ve dropped the reporter an email but haven’t heard back yet. It’s awkwardly written but I think he is saying they are saying that there is a 5% lower pro-choice sentiment because of the larger pro-life family size. I think.

Of course it is not only that pro-life families tend to be larger and prochoice families smaller and that kids tend to adopt their parents’ attitudes. That alone would simply not be enough to account for what makes pro-abortionists tremble and pro-lifers rejoice: younger people as a whole are markly more pro-life.

There are a million reasons younger people not reared in pro-life families come to understand that abortion is not an “answer” to a “problem.” It is the problem. We write about those factors every day.

Click here to read the August issue of
National Right to Life News,
the “pro-life newspaper of record.”

The common denominator? Everything under the sun, actually. It’s a broad-based “conspiracy”: ultrasounds, pro-life education, countless advertisements that treat the unborn as already a member of the family, women in highly visibility situations joyously sharing the development of their child with the larger world (see Savannah Guthrie), to name just a few.

And we should never forget youthful idealism. That is a potent antidote to the poisonous idea that unborn children are disposable items.

But I will have to get that article.

Categories: Pro-Lifers