I can't remember the reason my curiosity was piqued, but whatever it was it resulted in me asking the question:
"What percentage of pregnancies end up being aborted?"
So off your intrepid economist captain went to teh interwebz in search of the data he needed. And though it took some adjustments and other methodological maneuverings (missing years of data, what about miscarriages, etc.) he was able to suss out the details.
20% of pregnancies end in abortion.
Now before you get all appalled, realize this is an IMPROVEMENT over the women of the baby boomer generation where they seemed to make abortion an Olympic sport. Back in those "glorious" 70's and early 80's it was 30%.
But it's still a pretty atrocious figure that 1 in 5 pregnancies today end up in abortion.
Now keep in mind I am pro-choice. I truly believe a child not wanted or a child unable to be cared for will live a life worse than the 100% neutral life of never being born in the first place. And in all intellectual honesty I can be flippant about it.
I'm not religious.
I don't have kids.
I got a vasectomy (class of '07).
And I'm very thankful the law has made it SOLELY the responsibility of women to make this horrible decision.
So yes, for reasons of cowardice and misanthropic indifference, I really don't care if you abort your baby and will fight for your right to do so.
However, so high was this number not only did I forgot my original reason for calculating it, but it replace it with a separate observation.
How irresponsible and amoral are American women?
Now I know there are already some mathematical problems that could potentially overstate or distort these numbers.
What about women with multiple abortions?
What about the morning afterpill?
What about birth control failing? IT DOES THAT YOU KNOW!!!
What about rape?
What about widows?
And thus it does not translate directly to "1 in 5 women get abortions." But even accounting for these variables, it's still pretty darn close to 20%. Which behooved my question.
How irresponsible and amoral do you have to be that 20% of you use ABORTION as a means of birth control?
You see, the problem I have with this number is not that there's this many abortions going on. It's that it tells me 1 in 5 women are not responsible enough to use the 438 other forms of birth control before screwing around with not only the lives of future innocent children, but their own. That before they partake in the act of potentially bringing in a new and innocent human life into this world, 1 in 5 of them just say "meh" and to hell with the birth control.
But where the morality of this comes in is one that even though I'm pro-choice, I just don't understand.
WHY RISK THE MORAL DECISION TO EVEN HAVE AN ABORTION???
Look, I'm the first guy to admit I don't know if there's an afterlife or if there's a god or whether a fetus is a living human being and whether abortion is murder. But even with my callous indifference to humans, I would NEVER put myself into the position of having to make that decision. It is such a daunting moral (not to mention psychological, biological, physical, and emotional) decision that when I originally set out to do this calculation I thought for SURE it would come under 5%.
Alas, 20% of women disagree with me and don't give a flying flip about the moral gravity and ramifications of having an abortion.
Now the good news is that this is (thankfully) not the majority of women. 80% of women actually have the responsibility, wisdom, and selflessness to make the right choice, use birth control, and bring a child into this world when she's ready for it. And also (if the data is correct) this trend is trending down. But I wanted to point out this statistic not just because it's appallingly high, but to warn the young boys out there. 1 in 5 women are just not responsible and at minimum have a questionable moral compass. And while you may say, "well that means 80% of the women are just fine," true....but have you ever dated more than 4 girls?
Stay frosty boys. Stay the freak frosty.
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