Monday, January 19, 2015

Abortion aborts itself

The percentages of GSS respondents who say that a woman should be allowed to have an abortion for any reason she wants to, broken down by sex and also by the number of children respondents have had. The question is dichotomous, with "yes" and "no" as the only two answers permitted. For contemporary relevance, responses are from 2000 onward. To avoid racial confounding, only whites are considered. To allow for family formation to have occurred, only responses from those aged 35-50 are included. Sample sizes for each of the six categories are in the hundreds.

For men:

# of kidsEasy abort
058.7%
153.0%
2+43.3%

And for women:

# of kidsEasy abort
063.6%
153.0%
2+41.2%

It's not as detrimental to evolutionary fitness as homosexuality is, but a permissive attitude towards abortion isn't associated with fecundity. Shocker, I know. Hey, validating stereotypes is this place's raison d'etre, after all.

So go ahead and tell the joke about unfettered access to contraception and the legalization of same-sex marriage as a clandestine strategy for social conservatives to win the long war secure in the knowledge that, jocular though it may sound, it enjoys some empirical grounding.

GSS variables used: CHILDS(0)(1)(2-8), RACECEN1(1), SEX, ABANY

4 comments:

Dan said...

There is a careful balance.

It may be a bad idea to governed by people who believe that everything ceases when they die, because such people don't care about anything past their own lives. Mass immigration and unsustainable welfare? Who cares if the chickens come home to roost after I am dead?

On the other hand, neither do you want leaders who are too blinded by religious optimism to really fear things that they should fear.

I think at a minimum, you want leaders who have invested a lot in their own families, since they are likely to have a lot of skin in the game in the long run. Romney was the perfect example.

JayMan said...

Interesting, and not really surprising.

"So go ahead and tell the joke about unfettered access to contraception and the legalization of same-sex marriage as a clandestine strategy for social conservatives to win the long war secure in the knowledge that"

It's a *very* long war. The difference here is tiny, so the selection differential is (really) small. Our grandchild won't live to see the difference.

Audacious Epigone said...

Dan,

Right, being ruled by nihilists and hedonists is hard to accept for someone with an eye on posterity.

Jayman,

Yes, the differences are marginal and, generally speaking, popular culture is pushing in the other direction. On top of that, of course, the effects of immigration are capable of swamping modest differences among whites.

BehindTheLines said...

As a species, we are just beginning to adapt to the advent of birth control. The types of people that had the most children in the past are not always the types of people that will have the most children now.

In the future, not only may abortion be looked down upon by most people, but contraception, too.