July 02, 2004
When I first read James Taranto's description of his "Roe Effect" theory last year, I had a good laugh. Then I realized that it made sense!
The Roe Effect states that since the Roe v Wade decision in 1973, America is steadily becoming more conservative because liberal women are more likely to abort their babies than conservative women. And since most children share their parents' political outlook, the consequence is fewer future liberals.
Or, as Taranto puts it, "If a woman aborts her child, he can't very well grow up to be pro-choice."
When you're done laughing, read Larry Eastland's AmSpec column which is reprinted in OpinionJournal. An excerpt:
More than 40 million legal abortions have been performed and documented in the 30 years since the U.S. Supreme Court declared abortion legal. The debate remains focused on the legality and morality of abortion. What's largely ignored is a factual analysis of the political consequences of 40 million abortions. Consider:
• There were 12,274,368 in the Voting Age Population of 205,815,000 missing from the 2000 presidential election, because of abortions from 1973-82.
• In this year's election, there will be 18,336,576 in the Voting Age Population missing because of abortions between 1972 and 1986.
• In the 2008 election, 24,408,960 in the Voting Age Population will be missing because of abortions between 1973-90.
These numbers will not change. They are based on individual choices made--aggregated nationally--as long as 30 years ago. Look inside these numbers at where the political impact is felt most. Do Democrats realize that millions of Missing Voters--due to the abortion policies they advocate--gave George W. Bush the margin of victory in 2000?
Finally! A valid reason to support NARAL!
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