Study: Roe v. Wade Reversal Would Pose Challenges and Opportunities for Pro-Lifers

The New York Times recently published results of a study on the effects on abortion of overturning Roe v Wade. Below are excerpts from an article by Michael New. His comments to this study and the challenges to pro-lifers on the reversal of Roe v Wade were posted on Townhall’s opinion section.

Last week, The New York Times covered a recent abortion study by Caitlin Myers of Middlebury College and two reproductive health researchers. This study analyzes how a future reversal of Roe v. Wade would impact abortion rates in various parts of the country.  The study looked at how recent abortion facility closures in Texas affected abortion rates in different regions of the state. They use this data to predict abortion rates in different parts of the country if Roe is overturned and conservative states outlawed abortion. Overall, the researchers predict that a reversal of Roe v. Wade would prevent over 100,000 abortions annually. 

There are two very important lessons for pro-lifers here. First, this study adds to a body of research which shows that the incidence of abortion is sensitive to its legal status.  As such, the reversal of Roe v. Wade would likely save thousands of unborn children every year.  Second, the overall U.S. abortion rate might only drop moderately in the short term since many blue states with high abortion rates would likely fail to enact laws to protect the preborn. As such, while reversing Roe is clearly a worthy goal, pro-lifers will still have plenty of work to do building a culture of life in politically liberal states.

Overall, pro-lifers have made some impressive progress building a culture of life.  The U.S. abortion rate has fallen by 50 percent since 1980 and is now lower than what it was when Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.  A large factor in this decline is the fact that a higher percentage of unintended pregnancies are being carried to term.  I cite this statistic often because it nicely shows that pro-life educational, legislative, and service efforts have all been effective. A reversal of Roe would be a tremendous judicial victory as it would extend legal protection to literally thousands of innocent unborn children.  However, it is important for pro-lifers to understand that this is only a starting point. If Roe v. Wade is overturned pro-lifers will have no shortage of work to do building a culture of life in many parts of country.

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