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    • Is there a factual basis for the implied “reality” that there is, outside of the “conservative talking point universe,” a substantial thingie labeled “birth control abortion”?

      Google “abortion as birth control” and see what you find, and please don’t limit your scholarship to just the stuff that “social conservative Talibanners” emit…

      Are privatized growth-industry prisons, and “convict slave labor,” and now the burgeoning business of debtor’s prisons for the same folks that Dickens used to write about, and of course the sonorous, Old Testament Death Penalty, all good ideas, in your book?

      • Is there a factual basis for the implied “reality” that there is, outside of the “conservative talking point universe,” a substantial thingie labeled “birth control abortion”?

        Are you actually asking if women have abortions to avoid having children when they don’t want them? Is this a question you are asking, and even more dramatically, strongly implying that the answer must be “No?”

        I hope I’m misunderstanding you, and that you’re actually asking a different question.

  1. The suggestion that statistics are “”skewed” by minority birthrates is typically racist. The implication is that non-whites don’t deserve access to health care, or that they are not real Americans and so their condition can be ignored. It also assumes that some racial component determines the (supposed) higher birthrate, as opposed to socially determined causes. Let’s call these Clansmen-esque arguments out for what they are — atavistic, morally repugnant racism.

  2. In this series of maps I keep being disturbed by the sense these are co-variates, as I think one commenter developed the idea. Underneath these things I suspect EDUCATION may be a more accurate and predictive correlate for behavior going against one’s own self-interests.

    • In regard to these sorts of issues, a first-class liberal arts education is indispensable. Illustrative of this, remember the pithy and far-reaching advice of Dean Wormer to Flounder, in Animal House, that, “fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life.”

      Would that everybody received such a fundamental, base-line of education.

  3. The lesson is quite clear: The Republicans have a chance to carry the “blue” states.

    In particular, the zip codes with the lowest abortion ratios in New York city all seem to be in Jerrold Nadler’s district. He might be vulnerable to a pro-life candidate.

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