Please post data that supports your assertion that if women who had abortions were not allowed to have them, then they would parent the child happily (as opposed to folks who had unwanted pregnancies but were already against abortion- a very different set of people)
[W]hy do you assume that most pregnancies that don’t end in abortions end in the foster care system? In fact, I would posit that if you dug hard enough you would find that most “unwanted pregnancies” that go to term end up with single mothers rather than in the foster care system. Either that, or they are adopted at birth– which is very popular with those couples that cannot have children.
This is in response to his line of thought that there’s only two places for unwanted pregnancies to end up– in foster care or in orphanages. It escapes Techskeptic to think that women would actually want to keep their babies.
Many academic studies have shown that legalized abortion, by encouraging premarital sex, increased the number of unplanned births, even outweighing the reduction in unplanned births due to abortion. In the United States from the early 1970s, when abortion was liberalized, through the late 1980s, there was a tremendous increase in the rate of out-of-wedlock births, rising from an average of 5% of all births in 1965-69 to more than 16% two decades later (1985-1989). For blacks, the numbers soared from 35% to 62%. While not all of this rise can be attributed to liberalized abortion rules, it was nevertheless a key contributing factor.
This is exactly what I asked Techskeptic to produce in the first place– which he never did and instead created a smokescreen. Legalized abortion increased, not decreased, the number of unplanned births, but if you read the rest of the article you’ll see this:
What has happened to these babies of reluctant fathers? The mothers often end up raising the child on their own. Even as abortion has led to more out-of-wedlock births, it has also dramatically reduced adoptions of children born in America by two-parent families. Before Roe, when abortion was much more difficult, women who would have chosen an abortion but were unable to get one turned to adoption as their backup. After Roe, women who turned down an abortion were also the type who wanted to keep the child.
But all these changes–rising out-of-wedlock births, plummeting adoption rates, and the end of shotgun marriages–meant one thing: more single parent families. With work and other demands on their time, single parents, no matter how “wanted” their child may be, tend to devote less attention to their children than do married couples; after all, it’s difficult for one person to spend as much time with a child as two people can.
You see the effect? We have more single parent families, more unplanned pregnancies and the man is usually not present. And this is the great vision that the Pro-Abortionist movement pushes as choice.
So, to answer your question, Techskeptic, here’s my data in terms of logic to why more women are keeping their children with abortion the law, and also the data that I asked you to present.