Prof. Michael New, a Witherspoon Institute fellow and expert abortion research evaluator, has rebutted claims this week on the George Soros-funded ‘reproductive health’ website, RHReality Check, that abortion reduction only realistically comes from electing candidates who support increased welfare instead of significant state regulation of abortion. New writes:
“Pro-lifers may disagree about what types of assistance the government should provide to women facing crisis pregnancies, but nearly all pro-lifers agree that pregnancy resource centers have played a valuable role in helping countless women who decided to bring a crisis pregnancy to term.”
I encourage you to read both informative articles. On NRO online, Prof. New says no such body of evidence currently exists showing welfare spending lowers abortion rates. In the August edition of National Right to Life News, New similarly exposed the manipulations of a study by Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, which had a major impact on the debate over sanctity of life issues during the 2008 election.
This ongoing national attempt to redefine the term “pro-life” was created to keep old-style Catholic and Protestant Democrats in line at election time and is well exemplified in the career of former Kansas governor, Kathleen Sebelius. Guided in her campaign strategy by pseudo-Catholic advocacy groups now wedded to the Obama administration, Sebelius’ career relied on millions of abortion industry dollars while contending she was personally pro-life.
During her seven years as Governor, she vetoed all significant pro-life Kansas bills and budget provisos–with the exception of an ultrasound informed consent law– signed at the end of March, when her confirmation to lead HHS was in jeopardy. One month later, after securing her confirmation, Sebelius vetoed a Kansas partial-birth ban with limits to late-term provision.
Sebelius vetoed abortion clinic regulation bills, despite the Wichita abortion death of a healthy teen and despite photos revealing a rodent-infested Kansas City abortion clinic with fetal parts stored in the staff refrigerator. Confusion was sown when two self-proclaimed pro-life groups were born online during her 2006 gubernatorial re-election campaign, pledging support for Sebelius as the pragmatic pro-lifer. These sites– Kansas Democrats for Life and Kansans for Faithful Citizenship– had no ties to established Kansas pro-life groups or pregnancy centers and were never heard from again after the election. The KDFL site hasn’t been updated since 2006 and the KFFC site is removed.
But other than sham online support groups, Democrats needed “scientific” ammunition to prop up pro-life traitors like Doug Kmiec and Notre Dame president Fr. John Jenkins. Joseph Wright (now listed as chairman of Catholics United) concocted a deeply flawed study, titled Reducing Abortion in Kansas, to help Sebelius. His assertions were breath-taking, many facts incorrect and thus the conclusions quite arguable.
In 2007 and 2008, Wright worked on two other studies analyzing abortion rates and laws, about which Prof. New explains,
“The original study argued … that increased spending on both the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) significantly reduced state abortion rates. However, after the original study was released, the authors discovered that they used incorrect abortion data for the years following 1997. Furthermore, after some dialogue with me, the authors decided that it would be appropriate to eliminate data from states, such as Kansas, where abortion reporting was inconsistent over time. These changes had a substantial effect on the study’s findings. … The new version provides evidence that welfare spending has no more than a marginal effect on the incidence of abortion. “