I’m reading breezy claims that the welfare state reduces abortions. I’m not a statistician, but here’s an interesting breakdown, state-by-state:
If the welfare state reduces abortion, then why do poor red states seem to have lower abortions rates than rich blue states with a more generous “safety net”?
And here’s a striking statistic from the liberal NYT:
“Welfare recipients generally have abortions at a higher rate than other women: In New Jersey, in the quarter ending December 1991, the abortion rate for the welfare population was 27 per 1,000 compared with 4 per 1,000 for all New Jersey women of child-bearing age. And although the abortion rate in New Jersey, and nationwide, declined between 1991 and 1996, the abortion rate among New Jersey's welfare recipients rose during the same period. By 1996, the Rutgers report found, the gap had widened further, with 29 abortions per 1,000 women receiving welfare, compared with 3 per 1,000 women in the general population.”