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There’s No Shame in Pushing Abortion Out of Your State

Apr 13, 2022 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Abortion in the News

Oregon’s 2020 abortion decline may have been historic, but there were two states who saw their abortion percentages fall even further. The abortion ratio—which measures abortions against births—fell by 13% in Oregon, by 20% in Oklahoma, and by a whopping 68% in South Dakota. These are all significant outliers, because the nationwide abortion ratio increased in 2020. The reason for South Dakota’s decline is fairly straightforward. The only abortion clinic in the state was closed for half the year. As a result, South Dakota’s already diminutive abortion total fell from 414 in 2019 to 125 in 2020. 

Abortion advocates will point out that South Dakota’s abortion total is artificially low. This is because a number of South Dakota women leave the state each year to have an abortion. To an extent, this is true of all states—but some states import more…

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Fear and Abortion in (Las) Oregon

Feb 24, 2022 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Abortion in the News

It’s hard to figure out what’s going on in Oregon. Fear is up; abortion is down. That’s not the way it usually works. Normally the two go hand in hand. As trepidation increases, so does the frequency of abortion. But that’s not happening in Oregon. While nationwide abortions rose 2.6% in 2020, they fell by 20% in the Beaver State—and by another 6% in 2021. The national abortion ratio among reporting states (which measures abortions against births) increased 3.3% in 2020. In Oregon, it fell 13%—which hints at another disparity. U.S. pregnancies fell almost 3% in 2020 among reporting states. In Oregon, total pregnancies decreased by more than twice that. In fact, total pregnancies decreased more in Oregon than anywhere else in the nation. But why? Why is Oregon such an outlier compared to the rest of the country? 

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COVID’s America: Fewer Births & More Abortions

Jan 22, 2022 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Miscellaneous

On this date, 49 years ago, the Supreme Court struck down all state prohibitions against abortion—on the feigned assertion that abortion is a constitutionally-protected act. Two generations later, more than 60 million unborn children have been killed by abortion in America, but we don’t know how many were killed in 2021, or 2020, or 2019, or 2018. The Guttmacher Institute gave us an abortion total for 2017, but even that is just an estimate. At least 11% of their total is assumed. The Centers for Disease control is able to report COVID deaths on a daily basis, but their abortion totals are never less than two years out of date—and those counts never include the state with the highest annual total. California is all too eager to report COVID deaths, but it hasn’t bothered to collect or report abortion deaths for decades. The victims of abortion, after all, are tiny and helpless. And they certainly don’t wield any…

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“If People Don’t Have More Children, Civilization is Going to Crumble.”

Jan 13, 2022 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Abortion in the News

Abortion statistics for the United States are perennially incomplete and perennially out of date, so every January—on the anniversary of Roe v Wade—I try to mitigate this problem by publishing an updated nationwide abortion total well in advance of Guttmacher or the Centers for Disease Dontrol. To do this, I gather state-by-state abortion totals, along with CDC birth numbers, and extrapolate a nationwide total based on all available data. So far, I have 2020 abortion totals from 32 states and hope to have a few more by the time I publish on the 22nd. But the 2020 birth totals are available for all 50 states—and it’s not pretty. 

So far as I can tell, this is the first time in U.S. history that the yearly birth total has decreased in all 50 states. Every single one—and the District of Columbia. This, of course, is the direction we’ve been heading for a decade or more, but it’s never been so pronounced. For "the sixth consecutive year,”…

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If a Man Fathers a Hundred Children…

Dec 30, 2021 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Miscellaneous

King Solomon is a conundrum among biblical authors. He is universally acknowledged as the wisest of the lot, and yet it’s hard to call him anything less than a scoundrel and heretic. Heretic may be too harsh; scoundrel is probably too generous. There’s a sense, of course, in which we’re all scoundrels and heretics, but that’s not what I’m talking about. By every indication, the sins of Solomon went well beyond everyday depravity. Not even Paul’s pre-conversion ledger can compete. And whereas Paul’s conversion occurred well before he started writing on God’s behalf, it’s hard to say whether Solomon was ever converted at all. He certainly didn’t write as if he were—at least not consistently. I referenced this passage a few weeks ago, while contemplating the relentless march of death. I’d like to return to it again. It comes from the ninth chapter of Ecclesiastes: 

But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. Whether it is…

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Honoring Life in Our Steady March Towards Death

Dec 08, 2021 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Miscellaneous

One of my favorite movies is a 2005 Cameron Crowe offering that flew almost entirely under the radar. Critics panned it and moviegoers mostly ignored it. Both responses were amiss. Elizabethtown tells the story of a grown son who has to fly across country to attend his father’s funeral. It’s a funny, beautiful, bittersweet movie. But every time I’ve seen it—and I’ve seen it a lot—I’ve had to grapple with the fact that this same journey would someday be mine. And then suddenly it was. My dad retired in January, was diagnosed with lung cancer in May, and died in June. He was an unyielding optimist, to the very end, but not even positive thinking can overcome death. And so I found myself on a plane to Arizona.

Jeffery James Spielman was born in Georgia but grew up in Van Nuys. California. He played baseball at USC and jumped out of helicopters in Vietnam. He was a decorated soldier, but never traded on his past success. My dad’s defining characteristic was a self-deprecating sense of humor. He had a knack for making people laugh—which is a rare and wonderful gift. My dad loved baseball and softball,…

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