Roe Vs. Wade On Low Income Economies

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4. Effect of Roe vs. Wade on low income economies.

4.1. Abortions This theory exemplifies the law of diminishing returns, as the original shock impact of lack of children is reduced as the effect becomes more and more normalized, and abortion decreases its own consumer base as time passes. Looking at the number of abortions since Roe, it quickly becomes evident that there is a definite decline in the rate of abortions before there is a decline in the number of abortions, because although abortion rates decrease over time for a variety of factors (including institutionalized push-back and anti-abortion propaganda), the rising population up until Roe offsets what otherwise would have been a decrease in abortion numbers[Fig 4.1.1].

source: United States abortion rates, 1960-2013

Around 1990 is when the number of abortions actually starts to decline, corresponding roughly with when the unborn children of Roe would have reached the average age for them to have an abortion, at 25(Associated Press). Additionally, between 20 and 25 years after each spike and drop there is another spike, as the number of abortions reflects the number of live births. Since there is also more live births in those years, there will be more abortions when the children who are born reach childbearing age, around 20-25 years later. Following this pattern, another spike should be occurring this year as it is 25 years after the spike in the early 1990s. At the time of this writing, there…

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