The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports the number of teenagers having abortions in Sedgwick County dropped by nearly half since the 2009 murder of Dr. George Tiller, Wichita’s only abortion provider. Teen abortions in the county dropped 49% from 2008 … Tiller’s last full year in practice … to 2010, Wichita’s first full year without an abortion clinic.
Teen pregnancy in the county declined by 12% during that period … compared with 17% for the rest of the state. State-wide teen abortions dropped 31% … less than in Sedgwick County.
Abortion opponent David Gittrich says the decline in abortions is due to a combination of factors, including Tiller’s death and changing attitudes toward abortion among young people.
Well, murdering a physician in a church on Sunday morning probably has an impact on people’s attitudes.
I think fewer teen pregnancies and abortions is a good thing. But do the ends justify the means?
That’s your call.
Our thought for today is from Isaac Asimov:
“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”