Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Not to revive an old topic, but...

I was browsing on Irish Trojan's blog and found a link to a site from USA Today that predicts which states would do what if Roe v. Wade were ever overturned. Thought you might be interested.

9 comments:

Becca said...

Am I reading this right? According to the chart on the left, TWENTY-SIX PERCENT of pregnancies in Florida end in abortion!? Is anyone else shocked by that?

Becca said...

Oh, no, it's 27%. Yikes!

Monica said...

Ohh...That's so many!! :-(

Kyle said...

Yeah, I noticed that and was relatively surprised. For a state with conservative leanings on the issue, that is a really high number. I don't, however, suppose that the many conservative grandparents in the state would have any bearing on the percentage of aborted pregnancies.

Becca said...

Well, many of the *ahem* grandparently types are seasonal and maintain their voter registration in other states (thought not all), so that mitigates their effect. I know my county is VERY high for teen pregnancies, though I don't know about the rest of the state. That could have something to do with it. But you're right. I was surprised that Florida was the highest. And that's such a high number. More than one in four... wow.

Kyle said...

Actually Florida is ranked fifth behind DC (37%), NY (33%), NJ (31%), & MN (29%). What is equally if not more scary is the fact that--after crunching a few numbers--the average for the US is just over 26% (1,317,040 abortions). Now that is really sad.

Btw, the term grandparent is not synonymous with old. After all my parents are grandparents yet clearly quite young.

Becca said...

Ooh, good point. My parents are going to be grandparents in about two weeks (!!), and I wouldn't place them in the snow-bird demographic.

As for the numbers, wow. The only thing scarier than Florida being the highest is that other places are higher. 37%!?

An attorney from Arizona spoke today on bioethics. His topic was cloning for research, but he mentioned that he had just been in the Republic of Georgia to talk about birth rates. Apparently there they use abortion basically as primary birth control. Women just have abortions every 3-4 months or so "just in case" whether they know they are pregnant or not. He said their birth rate is so low that within twenty years women will have to have like 10 kids apiece or their society will collapse. I would submit that they have issues going deeper than low birth rates. But then, given the U.S.'s numbers, we may not have much room to talk...

Monica said...

It just breaks my heart to think of that many girls going through an abortion. It ruins so many lives, the mother's life, the child's life, whoever the father was, her parents, his parents...There just aren't any good sides to it.

mel said...

Can you imagine what the reaction would be if one out of every four children in the U.S. was murdered? Or died in car wrecks, or from some disease?

And more than 25% are dying before they're even born.