Wall Street Street Editor James Taranto over the past couple of years have penned an interesting theory that the political effect of Roe v Wade has been to reduce the number of liberal voters and will continue to have a profound effect upon politics in the upcoming decades.
Here some thoughts that support the contention. President Bush carried 97 of the nation’s 100 fastest-growing counties; many of whom are in subdivisions at the peripheral of major cities. This has helped in solidifying Republican hold in the “red states” while giving Republicans some foothold in so-called “blue states”, in particular the Midwest.
In the more liberal states that favored John Kerry, fertility rates are 12% lower than in those states that voted for George Bush. In 2000, the results were similar. States that favored Bush, the average woman produced 2.11 children; which is above what is considered replacement levels. The states that went for Gore, the number was 1.89, which is below replacement levels. After the 2000 census, Southern and Western states saw an increase in congressional representatives and this occurred at the expense of the more liberal Northeast. If present trends continue to hold, the Red States will continue grow in population and in political importance at the expense of the Blue States.
James Taranto concluded, “ Not all women, after all, are equally likely to have abortions. It's almost a truism that women who have abortions are more pro-choice than those who carry their pregnancies to term, and it stands to reason that they generally have more-liberal attitudes about sex and religion. It also seems reasonable to assume that parents have some influence on their children, so that if liberal women are having abortions, the next generation will be more conservative than it otherwise would be.” The one direct effect of legalized abortions is that fewer liberal voters are being born.
Another aspect of this decision is the effect it is having upon African-Americans. 1 out of every 3 abortions are African-Americans and Africans-Americans are three times more likely to abort their unborn children. The first effect is obvious. Since African-Americans vote nearly 90% for Democratic candidates, this has reduced the number of Democratic voters. The second is just as obvious. Liberals have unwittingly designed a birth control program that is mildly eugenic since it effects minorities more than Whites.