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Abortion Risk Downplayed Academically

Here’s a tidbit you are unlikely to get from the Women’s Studies Center: Mothers in countries with restrictive abortion laws are healthier than those in nations which have abortion on demand. Indeed, a new study by a trio of academics asserts that lack of access to abortion is a problem for women even while displaying data that lead to the opposite conclusion.

In fact, the authors of the study, Measuring the Global Gender Gap [1], observe that:

The report was compiled by Ricardo Hausmann of Harvard [2], Laura D. Tyson of Berkeley [3] and Saadia Zahidi of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Geneva-based (Switzerland, that is) group that published the study. Tyson very famously served in the Clinton Administration, chairing the Council of Economic Advisors.

Ironically, the authors show in tables that the country with arguably the toughest abortion laws in the world—Ireland—also boasts the best record on maternal health and that’s not all. Looking at those same UN numbers used by the WEF, Samantha Singson of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute found that [4]:

Malcolm A. Kline is the executive director of Accuracy in Academia [5].