Saturday, October 13, 2007



The World Health Organization just released the results of a study on abortion rates worldwide and they reveal perhaps the single greatest defense for keeping the controversial practice legal.

According to the study, abortion rates in countries where the procedure is legal are similar to countries where it is not. The conclusion is that outlawing abortion has little to no effect on human behavior. There are some things that can't be legislated, and abortion is one of them. In other words, where there is a will, there is a way.

While the numbers may not provide a compelling moral defense for legality, they do offer a practical one. If it is the ultimate intention of law to control human behavior, and this law does not, then there is no point to having the law. There is, on the other hand, a compelling reason NOT to have it. According to the same study, while abortion rates are similar across countries regardless of legality, the safety of the procedures varies widely and is considered far more dangerous and deadly in countries where it is outlawed.

The net is that banning abortion does not result in significantly fewer people getting them, but it does result in more people dying in the process. If we want to prevent people from getting abortions, a more practical, effective, and SAFER approach is preventing them from getting pregnant in the first place.

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