Abortion Has a Negative Impact on Communities and Society at Large
Despite “pro-choice” predictions to the contrary, the illegitimacy rate has increased significantly since Roe v. Wade. The percent of children born out of wedlock at the time of Roe was 15.5 percent, but by 2000 that number had increased to 33.2 percent, and by 2004, it increased to 36 percent. There is a high correlation between out-of-wedlock childbearing and a host of negative social indicators such as pervasive child poverty. Abortion hits minority communities hardest. The Guttmacher Institute reports that the abortion rate among black women remains more than twice the national average, and three times that of white women. The organization Blacks for Life calls abortion "cooperative genocide" Abortion also has contributed to population decline and demographic changes. The U.S. birth rate has dropped to the lowest level since national data has been available. In 2002 the birth rate fell to 13.9 per 1,000 - down 17 percent since 1990. This results in a demographic shift to an older population known as "population aging" where the share of the population of working age shrinks and the labor force grows older. This demographic phenomenon will have negative effects on the economy, especially as workers reach retirement age leaving fewer people engaged in productive work.