View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Study: Parental notification reduces teen abortion

Austin, Texas ( -- A new study published in this week's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine finds a Texas parental notification law approved in 2000 reduced the number of teen abortions for teenagers across the board. The study is another rebuttal to the claim by the New York Times earlier this week that such laws don't reduce abortions.

The results find that abortions on 15 year-old dropped 11 percent, on 16 year-olds dropped 20 percent, and fell 16 percent on 17 year-olds.

The figures reflect the numbers since the law went into effect in 2000, which requires abortion practitioners to notify a parent of a teenage girl 48 hours beforehand that she is considering an abortion.

The figures are also adjusted for the fact that birth and abortion rates were already on the decline before the law was put in place. … (For the full article go to
The abstract of the study can be found at:

This study is just another nail in the pro-choice coffin. The new laws, the legal challenges, the statistics are all coming together.

All those years of prayer might just be paying off.


Blogger Laura H. said...

I was watching our news a couple of days ago and they were talking about all the numbers... and while some have gone down it's hard to tell what is really going on. I just pray we have stricter laws in the years to come. This is a step... we need a leap.

1:30 AM  
Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

This study is just another nail in the pro-choice coffin. Do you really think? We've sure had a lot of studies that support our side.

I want you to be right.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Paul - I'd like to be right.

Think of the nail as in the side of the coffin - not the lid. We are building the coffin, but we can't seal it yet. That may take years still.

6:52 PM  

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