The following comes from an Aug. 20 story in the Christian Post.
Americans are becoming more pro-life because pro-lifers have more babies than pro-choicers, a new study finds.
Looking at data from the General Social Survey from 1977 to 2010, Northwestern University sociologists J. Alex Kevern and Jeremy Freese found evidence that the higher fertility rates of those who are pro-life compared to those who are pro-choice contributed to Americans becoming, on average, more pro-life than they would have been if the fertility differential did not exist.
Over the 34-year time span that was studied, pro-lifers had about 2.5 children on average for every two children born to pro-choicers. In other words, pro-lifers had 27 percent more children than pro-choicers.
In addition to having more children, the children of pro-life parents appear to be more likely than the children of pro-choice parents to adopt the views of their parents. Kevern and Freese pointed to prior research showing this and found some evidence for this finding in their own study. They point out, though, that the differences in the transmission of beliefs from parent to child could be due to cultural shifts rather than differences between pro-choice and pro-life parents.
The researchers also acknowledged that those with more siblings may be more likely to hold pro-life views independent of the views of their parents, but they had no way to test that hypothesis.
The researchers conservatively estimate that if there were no fertility differences between pro-lifers and pro-choicers, Americans would be, on average, about five percentage points less pro-life.
The fertility differential between pro-lifers and pro-choicers has grown even larger since the late 1970s, the study points out. So, if the impact of those differences on abortion attitudes continue as they have, the effect will likely be even larger in the future.
Fertility differences is only one factor, Kevern and Freese point out, driving shifts in public opinion. Attitudes on gay rights, for instance, show similar fertility differences as abortion attitudes. Yet, there has been a dramatic change in support for gay marriage. While fertility differences can make small differences over a long period of time, cultural shifts (people changing their mind) can be large and happen in a short period of time. Any fertility advantage held by supporters of traditional marriage was swamped by the rapid and large shift in views on gay marriage.
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That death has more future than life should be of no surprise, but that leads to this caution. The Left, not willing to reproduce in the body, strives to reproduce in the mind: through the continued corruption of public education to serve its Culture of Death. That corruption has meant rewriting history, science and literature to serve political ends in a fashion far more sophisticated than the old Nazis, Soviets or Japanese imperialists, but with the same end: everything for the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state – the state that approves perversion and persecutes opposition.
Someone should take a look at the ‘Digital First Media’ Propaganda Pogrom (the Old Dean Singleton Empire, including Media News, A.P., Contra Costa Times, Mercury News…) – which doesn’t show nearly as much bias…
If only because they often Completely Censor the entire subject (like the Larry Brinkin Racist Toddler Pederast Rape-Porn ring run out of the ‘in-human-rights’ comm in Frisco, any ‘news’ of which is completely banned to begin with) – at least the Frisco Crock-A-Bull will acknowledge the issue exists…
Unlike the Mushroom Farm the lamesteam media runs in the East Bay ‘news’:
Analysis: Pro-Abortion Rights Bias in SF Chronicle Coverage of Catholic Universities
Get Religion recently published an analysis of the bias in a recent San Francisco Chronicle story—surrounding the decisions of two California Catholic universities to limit abortion coverage for employees—which gives precedence to sources with pro-abortion rights views.
Such bias in the media is fairly commonplace, but the Chronicle “makes a noble effort at perfecting the craft,” according to the analysis.
Get Religion observes that the news report is biased “toward the abortion-rights point of view and leans heavily in that side’s favor.” An example of this can be seen by comparing the amount of quotations utilized from each side of the issue…”