U.S. News Editor Bonnie Erbe Celebrates Economy Causing More Abortions

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 1, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

U.S. News Editor Bonnie Erbe Celebrates Economy Causing More Abortions

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 1
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Abortion advocates complain bitterly any time pro-life people refer to them using the moniker pro-abortion. However, US News & World Report contributing editor Bonnie Erbe has written an editorial inviting the description as she is celebrating the fact that the poor economy is causing more abortions.

As LifeNews.com has noted, circumstantial evidence points to abortion centers in some parts of the country showing more abortions than the previous year or two.

And Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, confirmed in a recent email to supporters that the poor economy is yielding abortion increases.

That’s good news to Erbe.

"The recession is driving American demand for contraception and for abortions. The media have been riven this past week with stories about the rising number of couples and single mothers doing the math and deciding this is no time to bring a child into the world," Erbe writes.

"The media have also been rife with stories portraying this trend as something of a tragedy," she continues. "Let me propose a counter view: it is not."

Erbe focused on a heart-wrenching story of one mother in a recent Associated Press report who indicated she decided to have an abortion of a baby who would have been her fourth child because she and her boyfriend can’t afford to have the baby now that he lost his job.

"Can we agree that this unwed couple’s decision not to bring a fourth child into the world when they are having trouble feeding themselves and three children is no tragedy?"

She called the abortion "no tragedy: it’s a good decision.

Erbe complained that raising children "is expensive" to raise children and that the couple’s abortion decision "benefits society."

Those benefits? More time with the children who didn’t become victims of abortion and an assumption that the couple won’t have to rely on public support by having a fourth child.

Erbe has a long history of promoting abortion.

In January, Erbe complained that the state of Mississippi saw the highest increase in the teen birthrate only because pro-life advocates have enacted more abortion limits than any other states and closed down abortion businesses.

For the pro-life side, a rise in teen births leads to the obvious conclusion that fewer teenagers are having abortions when confronted with a teen pregnancy.

But for Erbe, that wasn’t good news.

"Hats off to the religious right once again, this time for Mississippi’s latest honor—that of being the state with the highest teen birthrate in the nation," she writes. Erbe complained that "religious abortion foes (and most abortion foes are religiously driven) have helped drive up the teen birthrate."

"I attribute this honor, in great part, to antiabortion activists in the state who succeeded in shutting down six of the state’s seven" abortion centers, Erbe added.

In February she wrote an editorial column entitled "Antiabortion Fanatics’ New Invasive Attack: The Forced Ultrasound." The opinion piece attacked bills that allow a woman to see an ultrasound of her unborn baby before an abortion. The bills will help women and reduce the number of abortions.

Erbe, who also hosts the PBS "To the Contrary" show, slammed as "fanatics" lawmakers in the states that are considering such bills. She insisted she was not mad at "average, conservative, pro-life voters," but those average joes are the very folks who elect the state legislators considering these laws.

Ken Shepherd of the Media Research Center responded: "If the right to an abortion is really about a woman’s choice, then it logically follows that a fully-informed choice is a proper concern for public policy makers on the state level. But don’t tell that to Erbe."

"Of course, a mandatory ultrasound in and of itself doesn’t stop an abortion, but it drives home the moral weight of the act of abortion, such that it may lead some women to forsake an abortion procedure," he added.

Email your complaints about her new column to [email protected]

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