In 2004, Lawrence Finer, Lori Frohwirth, Lindsay Dauphinee, Susheela Singh, and Ann M. MooreÂ surveyed women patients at eleven large abortion providers.Â Their numbers, though imperfect,Â are pretty compelling when one considers the actual impact of proposed policy changes in the event Roe vs. Wade is overturned. The table below indicates women’s “most important” reason to seek an abortion.Â It presumably captures urgent cases such as a serious threat to women’s health. (Great graphic.Â One typo. “>0.5” should be “<0.5.”)
There’s one immediate implication to these numbers. Governor Romney is more civil and rhetorically moderate than Todd Akin or Richard Mourdock.Â Yet if states were to embraceÂ Romney’s preferred policyof banning abortions with exceptions for rape, incest, and (I infer) serious threats to maternal health, theyÂ would banÂ almost all abortions in America.
I say more about these issues,Â in The Nation, today.