One aspect of the men’s sphere that greatly frustrates traditional conservatives is what they see as an unhealthy negativity about our new model of marriage. While the statistics they use to back this view up are generally dodgy, I have no doubt that their optimism is sincere.
Taking a page from Trad Con optimism, I decided to look for good news on the abortion front. The data I found at Abort 73 is a bit dated, but even so it is exciting. Most of my readers have only been given a “doom and gloom” view of abortion, but the real data is quite pleasing.
For example, Abort 73 takes the pessimistic view that only nine countries have a higher abortion rate than the U.S.
According to the United Nations’ 2013 report, only nine countries in the world have a higher reported abortion rate than the United States. They are: Bulgaria, Cuba, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, Sweden, and Ukraine.*
If Abort 73 could learn to look for the positive in U.S. abortions, they would realize that we are doing better than all of the countries listed above! The good news doesn’t end there. You’ve probably been told that while the specific count varies over time, around a million babies are aborted in the US each year. If we were pessimists, we could latch on to a million dead babies and miss the truly encouraging news; most babies aren’t killed in the womb! You’ve probably never seen the positive data, but in 2014 only 19% of all U.S. pregnancies (excluding spontaneous miscarriages) were ended by abortion. If you are a fetus in the US, you have to be excited about those odds! Sure we could do better, but we need not blow the issue out of proportion.
Another fact that abortion doom and gloomers won’t tell you is that depending on the age of the mother, a US fetus’ likelihood of being aborted can be much lower than the overall average of 19%. From the CDC:
FIGURE 2. Percentage of total abortions, abortion rate,* and abortion ratio,† by age group of women who obtained a legal abortion — selected reporting areas,§ United States, 2015
* Number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years.
† Number of abortions per 1,000 live births.
Unless your mother is in her “season of singleness” years, your odds of survival are much better than the doomsters will tell you! Other factors can make your odds of escaping the vacuum even better! Did you know that:
- Among white women, 10% of pregnancies currenlty end in abortion. Among black women, 28% of pregnancies end in abortion (CDC).
- Black women were more than 3.5 times more likely to have an abortion in 2015 than white women (CDC).
- The abortion rate of non-metropolitan women is about half that of women who live in metropolitan counties (NAF).
So don’t be a downer. Sure nearly a million babies were aborted last year, but a much larger number survived, and if a fetus plays their cards right the odds really are in their favor.
Edit: Commenter Robin pointed out that the table I originally included with abortion breakdown by women’s age didn’t measure abortions per pregnancy. I substituted Figure 2 from this CDC publication in its place.