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February 3, 2014 - 9:00 am

Sandhya Somashekhar reports for the Washington Post on a Guttmacher Institute study that finds that the US abortion rate has hit its lowest level since Roe. Neither the reporter nor Guttmacher seem to be happy about the trend.

The study did not examine the reasons for the drop. But the authors suggested that one factor was greater reliance on new kinds of birth control, including intra-uterine devices such as Mirena, which can last for years and are not susceptible to user error like daily pills or condoms.

They also noted the economy as a contributing factor, because people tend to adhere more strictly to their birth control during tough economic times. But they did not credit the recent wave of state laws restricting access to abortion, because most of those took effect in 2011 or later.

Those restrictions will surely have an impact on the numbers going forward, said Rachel K. Jones, a senior researcher at Guttmacher and lead researcher on the paper.

“If the abortion rate continues to drop, we can’t assume it’s all due to positive factors” such as better adherence to contraceptives, she said, calling the laws passed in 22 states “onerous.”

Safe, legal, and rare” is the left’s mantra on abortion. But do they mean anything by using two of those three words? If they do, anything that raises clinic standards and reduces the overall rate should be a positive thing, right?

The “onerous” restrictions include banning abortion after viability and raising standards at abortion clinics. Most Americans support those “onerous” restrictions. The Gosnell trial, which the Washington Post mostly avoided covering even though it took place just a couple hours’ drive north of the Post’s HQ, in Pennsylvania, revealed that substandard practices and facilities endanger women’s health. That case inspired some of the “onerous” restrictions on a practice that the left concedes should be both safe and rare. Yet the left opposes those restrictions and some activists even chanted “Hail Satan” while opposing them in Texas last year. The left made a star of the politician who opposed those restrictions, which were written by women in the Texas House and Senate, and which were intended to make abortions in the state safer and rarer.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Life starts somewhere.

The preferred definition of the "pro choicers" that it starts with the first breath is logically indefensible and solely one of convenience.

The compromise definition of the "pro choicers" that it starts with "viability" is also logically indefensible and solely of convenience.

The "pro choice" movement is cold hearted, soulless and selfish but also irrational and driven by wishful thinking.
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"“Safe, legal, and rare” is the left’s mantra on abortion."

That phrase never made any sense to me. If abortion is just about removing some tissue and doesn't involve the taking of a life then why should it be rare? Do we hear anyone saying that appendectomies or the removal of wisdom teeth should be "safe, legal and rare"?

Every time a lefty invokes that mantra they admit that they know they're doing something wrong.
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I guess it never occurred to them that more women are making a choice to keep their babies. To the left, pro choice means having an abortion, choosing to give birth is some how bad to those people. Although they seem to be pretty happy that their mother's didn't choose to abort them.
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Democrats have HATED blacks since even before they owned them. Abortion kills blacks and more abortion kills even more blacks. Abortion is not "population," "women's rights," or "choice." It is pure RACE. Abortion kills blacks!
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After 50 million abortions, about 1/6th of today's US population, I'm thinking the group's use of the word "Rare" has some new meaning that I'm not yet aware of.

Yet the left wets itself pretty selectively over some nearly insignificant causes of the loss of life. They usually revolve around campaigns to take my money or restrict my rights.
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Obviously the writer(s) has never heard of the "Roe Effect."
If they were actually, you know, involved in researching before they wrote their opinion pieces, maybe they wouldn't sound so silly.
Women who believed so strongly in abortion have killed their potential offspring for 40 years. So the children actually being born over the past 40 years have, for the most part, come from mothers who believed in the choice of life, as opposed to the choice of death. We are now into our second generation of mothers who have rejected the choice of death, and have chosen life.
The future belongs to those who show up. It's pretty hard to have an abortion in 2013 if you were aborted 20 or 30 years ago.
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Safe, legal and rare....the non-reformists reform.

Incremental change is the hallmark of stealth One World Socialism/small c communism.

Break down society in small, incremental changes. Hide as "compassionate liberals" and infuse the free market, Judeo-Christian, self-governing democracy with little nano-socialist/communist notions against Judeo-Christian beliefs...so that they are weakened in response.

Infuse them into the capitalist system...then accuse the system of greed, so that it APPEARS to be "imperialist".

Set them to fighting against themselves and call them racist at every turn.

And misogynist. And homophobic.

The RESPONSE...is not to try to overturn 40 years of daily propaganda in one fell swoop. That will lose.

It is to seize the message and rip off the mask. Make liberals ashamed of the lies and dishonor of leftism. Divide and conquer THEM, not allow ourselves to be divided and conquered. Use wedge issues against THEM, not allow them to be constantly used against us.

Be smart, not kneejerk, relfexive and rash. Understand the tactics of the enemy and stop falling for them.


"Non-reformist reforms. Now, what does that mean? It means that you propose a reform to the capitalist system, which you advertise as just a little bit of a tweak to the system. It’s going to make things a little more fair, a little more efficient. But you know in your own mind that you planned that to undermine capitalism and to put the country on an irreversible path towards Socialism, a kind of stealth Socialism. And by the way, one of the things you can see in the files of the Midwest Academy is how they entertained each other. When one of the leaders of the Midwest Academy, one of the few open Socialists–his name was Steve Max, a very important figure in the history of American Socialism– was going away to New York for a while, and so they gave a little party for him. And they all started singing songs. And they made up a song to the tune of The Internationale, – the Communist anthem, The Internationale - but they put new words to it. And the words were basically saying, I’m sorry, I can’t sing The Internationale and I probably wouldn’t even if I could, but the song is basically saying, let’s all fight for anti-capitalist structural reform. They sang songs to each other about Andre Gorz’s theory of non-reformist reforms."

Stanley Kurtz, discussing Radical-in-Chief with David Horowitz.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2011/stanley-kurtz/radical-in-chief-3/
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For leftist traitors and their enablers, life begins at deception.
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Grotesque, perverse women.
32 weeks ago
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Life starts somewhere.

The preferred definition of the "pro choicers" that it starts with the first breath is logically indefensible and solely one of convenience.

The compromise definition of the "pro choicers" that it starts with "viability" is also logically indefensible and solely of convenience.

The "pro choice" movement is cold hearted, soulless and selfish but also irrational and driven by wishful thinking.
32 weeks ago
32 weeks ago Link To Comment
"“Safe, legal, and rare” is the left’s mantra on abortion."

That phrase never made any sense to me. If abortion is just about removing some tissue and doesn't involve the taking of a life then why should it be rare? Do we hear anyone saying that appendectomies or the removal of wisdom teeth should be "safe, legal and rare"?

Every time a lefty invokes that mantra they admit that they know they're doing something wrong.
32 weeks ago
32 weeks ago Link To Comment
I guess it never occurred to them that more women are making a choice to keep their babies. To the left, pro choice means having an abortion, choosing to give birth is some how bad to those people. Although they seem to be pretty happy that their mother's didn't choose to abort them.
32 weeks ago
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their mother's didn't choose to abort them

Maybe they should have.
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