Category abortion

Human or Statistic? Do we know what percentage of Down syndrome kids are killed by abortion?

How many children diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb are subsequently killed by abortion?  (This is usually called a “termination rate.”) J.L. Natoli and colleagues published in 2012 the best estimate available on this question.  It’s a systematic literature review, rather than a study with original data.  [J.L. Natoli, et. al. Prenatal diagnosis of Down […]

ISIS: A Reflection

I’ve been doing some thinking recently about the ISIS crisis, and specifically the plight of Christians watching their children being beheaded.  I’m expecting many pro-life groups will want to comment and “put this in perspective” and start talking numbers.  “A few kids being killed in Iraq is bad, but abortion is badder,” is essentially the […]

Autumn in the Sovereign Zone

Timothy Brahm just posted an excellent essay on the “Sovereign Zone” version of the bodily rights defense of abortion at Evangelical Outpost.  Tim not only explains how we in the pro-life community have many times misunderstood common pro-choice slogans, recalibrates our listening ears, and gives a roadmap for responding, but he does so in a […]

35% of "Pro-Lifers" Say Abortion Should Be Legal?

I’ve posted twice already on the new Gallup abortion poll numbers: Gallup Focuses on Common Ground 71% Say Abortion Should NOT Be Legal… Here’s another thought.  Look at Gallup’s summary of the data (see the second table here): David Lee brought one of the numbers to my attention: 35% of self-proclaimed pro-lifers believe abortion should […]

71% Say Abortion Should NOT Be Legal…

…in the second trimester, according to Gallup’s 2011 poll.  (See Page 11, Question 21.) (68% said abortion should be illegal in the second trimester in Gallup’s 2003 poll). 86% say abortion should not be legal in the third trimester (compared to 84% in Gallup’s 2003 poll). Gallup also found some interesting common ground on certain reasons for […]

Gallup Focuses on Common Ground

Last week, Gallup released the data from a new poll on abortion.  Here’s their summary.  Thankfully, they focused on specific reasons for abortion and/or specific times when abortions are performed.  And, predictably, this polling approach revealed a great deal of common ground. I say, predictably, because this is what Gallup has found in the past […]

What Percentage of Spina Bifida Kids Are Aborted?

Because of the sophistication of ultrasound and other prenatal diagnostic techniques, doctors can diagnose certain disabling conditions prior to birth with a fair amount of accuracy.  Spina bifida is one of those conditions.  In a recent newsletter, I relayed the testimony of one young man with spina bifida at the University of Texas at San […]

20% of Abortions: Evangelical

In the Guttmacher Institute poll of women having abortions in 2008 (see p. 9), about 1 in 5 (20%) claimed to be born-again, evangelical, charistmatic, or fundamentalist. The report is clear in a footnote, however, that this number shouldn’t be compared to the previous poll result (in 2000) that 13% of women having abortions claimed […]

Sad on Two Levels

RU-486 is now administered via teleconference.  Isn’t this the logical and inevitable outcome of the belief that there’s nothing added to a conversation by being in the same room with a person? It takes something like abortion counseling and administration to shake us from our unquestioned reliance on technology to do the hard work of […]