18 October 2012

Do Democrats reduce the number of abortions?

In an intriguing post, John-Paul seeks to answer the important and timely question, "Should Catholics vote Democrat to reduce abortions?"

It's a claim we've all heard, but is it true?  As John-Paul notes, "It should be quite easy to prove this preist right or wrong since we have statistics on abortion since before Roe. So, we should be able to match those stats up with the years of Democrat presidents and Republican presidents and see pretty clearly which ruling party has fewer abortions on their watch."

Looking at the data, John-Paul found that
It turns out that Republican presidents average lower abortion numbers and lower abortion rates than Democrat presidents. On average, under Democrat leadership, there were 70,172 MORE abortions per year than under Republican leadership. According to this data, a Democrat president leads to an average increase in the abortion rate of 5.29% more than a Republican.
The answer, then, to the above question is patently, "No."

It turns out that a great many people have been misled by the fact the they were fewer abortions during the term of President Clinton than that of President Bush (the first).  However, it is also true that there fewer abortions during the term of President Bush (the second) than under President Clinton.

John-Paul, though, doesn't stop there.  He goes on to suggest additional reasons why we should not vote Democrat to reduce abortions, not only the USA, but throughout the world.


  1. Anonymous7:47 PM

    As a Catholic, I never planned on voting for Obama. But since Tuesday, I wonder if I can vote for Romney either. He said at the debate that he supports access to contraception, and his new TV ad says abortion should be an option.
    Bishop Paprocki says that "a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are intrinsically evil and gravely sinful makes you morally complicit and places the eternal salvation of your own soul in serious jeopardy." Does that apply to Romney now too?

    1. Yes, it does, Brother. I would direct you to a doctrinal note from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to help with your question: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20021124_politica_en.html

    2. Anonymous8:25 PM

      Listen! The DNC took "rare" referring to abortions out of their objectives for a reason. THEY did that, no one else. It wasn't because they were running long and needed to find some free space. It simply is not their objective. Nothing proves that more than the fact that Pres. Obama himself said the HHS Mandate is THE REASON he passed health care. He wants free contraception, abortion inducing drugs and sterilizations. New York already has 14? 16? schools giving the Morning After pill without parental consent. How diabolical is this!? Kids can't even take aspirin without parental consent. When are we going to wake up and STAND UP for what's right!? God help us. We're losing our freedoms at an alarming rate, and no one seems to notice...