Michael New

Why is the abortion rate falling? Maybe fewer women want abortions

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by Michael New Tue Feb 11 10:38 EST Comments (1)

The Guttmacher Institute’s report finding a recent reduction in the abortion rate has generated a considerable amount of media coverage, drawing analysis not only from Guttmacher but by Andrew Sullivan and writers for The New Republic, Slate, and…

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U.S. abortion rate is at its lowest level since 1973, but why?

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by Michael New Thu Feb 06 10:36 EST Comments (2)

This week the Guttmacher Institute released a report based on their census of U.S. abortion providers. It contains abortion statistics up to the year 2011 — meaning this report contains the most recent data on the incidence of abortion in the…

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What Wonkblog gets wrong about abortion

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by Michael New Tue Jan 28 16:37 EST Comments (10)

The anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision usually generates some commentary on the state of the abortion debate from mainstream-media outlets. This year was no exception. Last Wednesday Sarah Kliff had an article on the Washington Post’s … Continue Reading »

Pro-life progress in 2013 bodes extremely well for the future

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by Michael New Mon Jan 27 11:21 EST Comments (0)

The week of the March for Life is always a good time to reflect and take stock of the current status of the pro-life movement. Overall, pro-lifers had a very good, if quiet, year in 2013. This is good news because President Obama’s reelection in…

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Guttmacher study shows success in swing states

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by Michael New Fri Jan 24 18:55 EST Comments (0)

Earlier this month, the Guttmacher Institute released its 2013 state-policy review. The report indicates that pro-lifers continue to make very good legislative progress at the state level. In 2013, 70 state-level pro-life measures were enacted —…

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Media misleads on recent ultrasound study

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by Michael New Thu Jan 16 12:15 EST Comments (3)

Earlier this month, the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology published a study which has the media swooning. It analyzed over 15,000 abortion-minded women in California in 2011 — some of whom decided to view an ultrasound image of their unborn…

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Mainstream media ignores meta-study showing abortion-breast cancer link

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by Michael New Wed Dec 04 15:15 EST Comments (0)

Earlier this month, the academic journal Cancer Causes Control published a meta-study analyzing the link between abortion and breast cancer in China. This meta-study pooled the results of 36 separate academic studies on the subject. Chinese…

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#IStandWithThomasPeters tweetfest is today

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by Michael New Thu Nov 14 17:29 EST Comments (1)

Nearly four months ago Thomas Peters, the communications director for the National Organization for Marriage, was critically injured in a horrific swimming accident. Thomas is an occasional writer for National Review Online and is a great defender…

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Yes, abortion is a losing issue for Wendy Davis

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by Michael New Tue Nov 05 17:50 EST Comments (0)

Wendy Davis’s recent entrance into the race for Texas governor has garnered national media attention. A few weeks ago, Democratic political consultant Jason Stanford authored a Politico op-ed claiming that Davis’s position on abortion will…

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Pro-life groups don’t really help women? Nonsense.

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by Michael New Wed Sep 18 14:19 EST Comments (2)

Earlier this month the Christian Science Monitor ran an op-ed by Marymount University undergraduate Elizabeth Jahr entitled “Pro-Life Groups Do Not Really Protect the Unborn.” As the pro-life position has gained in the court of public opinion, our…

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Guttmacher study overstates travel distance to abortion providers

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by Michael New Thu Sep 12 11:45 EST Comments (0)

Supporters of legal abortion frequently make the case that there exist significant barriers to abortion access.  They argue that pro-lifers have succeeded in imposing burdensome regulations that are forcing many abortion clinics to close.  They…

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Pew poll shows few Americans find abortion morally acceptable

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by Michael New Wed Aug 28 10:42 EST Comments (2)

This week, the Pew Research Center released the results of a survey on the morality of abortion. The results indicated that 49 percent of Americans found abortion to be immoral. Only 15 percent found abortion morally acceptable and 23 percent felt…

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The Washington Post gets it mostly right on abortion polling

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by Michael New Wed Aug 14 10:48 EST Comments (1)

Earlier this month, on the Washington Post’s The Fix blog, Aaron Blake published a thoughtful analysis of recent polling data on 20-week abortion bans. He states that “Democrats are sure to use the new proposed restrictions to feed the narrative…

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Pew poll shows widening regional divide on abortion

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by Michael New Mon Aug 05 17:15 EST Comments (1)

The recent passage of pro-life legislation in both Texas and North Carolina has generated plenty of media coverage on state-level pro-life efforts. In the past month, a number of news outlets have commissioned polls on abortion attitudes. Many of…

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#AskWendy? Wendy Davis dodges abortion during her Twitter townhall

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by Michael New Fri Jul 26 17:47 EST Comments (0)

Yesterday, Texas state senator Wendy Davis, famous for her 13-hour filibuster of a ban on abortions after 20 weeks gestation, participated in an online townhall meeting via Twitter. People could use the Twitter hashtag #AskWendy to submit…

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