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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Unwanted Babies 

A new study indicates that more babies are being born to mothers who didn't want to get pregnant. Some are crowing that this suggests that our culture has become 'more pro-life,' and others argue it's a testament to increased obstacles to abortion.

It is, as usual, all about nuance and spin. The data show that the proportion of 'unwanted' births is highest among African-American women and younger women - presumtively at the same time. There are many more laws now limiting access to abortions in the under-18 crowd than there were 10 years ago. But, African-Americans and Hispanics do tend to be less likely to have abortions, both for cultural and economic (again, access) reasons. So, the shift towards "more pro-life" may just be a shift in demographics. And, as the gap between haves and have-nots grows ever wider, the poor stop being able to afford contraception too.

At the end of the day, I'm a lot less concerned about the whys than I am about how these 'unwanted' kids get cared for after they get born.

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