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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control is able to report COVID deaths on a daily basis, but their abortion totals are never less than two years out of date—and those counts never include the state with the highest annual total.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Abortion statistics for the United States are perennially incomplete and perennially out of date, so every January—on the anniversary of Roe v Wade—I try to mitigate this problem by publishing an updated nationwide abortion total well in advance of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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Michigan abortion rate reaches 30-year high; Minnesota’s falls to post-Roe low (or does it?)

Sep 09, 2021 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Abortion in the News

Michigan and Minnesota have much in common. Geographically, they’re roughly the same size and are located in roughly the same location. Only Wisconsin keeps them from being next-door neighbors. Both have Democrats in the governor's mansion; both are represented by Democrats in the Senate. Michigan entered the Union in 1837; Minnesota followed suit 21 years later, and they even sit next to each other in the alphabetical list of states. Both have four professional sports teams (not counting soccer or the WNBA), and their cost of living is almost the same—slightly above average. But while Minnesota’s population is 25% wealthier, Michigan’s is 55% larger. And when it comes to abortion, these two states are even further apart. In Minnesota, 12.6% of unborn children were reportedly killed by abortion in 2020 (excluding spontaneous miscarriage). In Michigan,…

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One Nation Under “Science” with Abortion for All

Apr 03, 2021 / By: Michael Spielman
Category: Miscellaneous

Nacho Libre is one of my favorite comedies—much to the chagrin of my wife and daughter. It’s drivel to them, but I find it rather brilliant. Still, I little imagined that Nacho’s hygiene-challenged sidekick, Esquelito (aka Steven), would come to so perfectly encapsulate America’s sudden and rather ridiculous obsession with science. “I don’t know why you have to be always judging me,” Steven laments, “because I only believe in science.” What makes this complaint so laughable is the fact that Steven’s knowledge of science is virtually nonexistent. He thinks eagle eggs will bestow magical powers, and he believes he and Nacho are sufficiently talented to be pro wrestlers. Spoiler alert: they’re not. 

Like so many who feign devotion to science today, Steven was simply looking for a way to justify his personal preferences—which included an aversion to baptism and a self-proclaimed hatred of orphans. To that end, Steven embraced a simple mantra: “I don’t believe in God; I believe in science.” The problem of course is that it’s a false dichotomy—something akin to denying…

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