Wednesday, February 11, 2009

"Catholics" for "Common Good": Study Was Wrong


...a Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good study of abortion data claimed that increased spending on welfare programs results in substantial reductions in state abortion rates but many pro-life laws do not. However, the study’s results have been revised following the discovery that incorrect abortion data was used and after criticism from a professor that the group’s conclusions did not follow from the data

...“The study of all U.S. states from 1982-2000 finds that benefits for pregnant women and mothers, employment, economic assistance to low-income families, quality child care for working mothers and removal of state caps on the number of children eligible for economic assistance in low-income families has reduced abortions,” the group reported

Not really. Whoops!!

Turns out they used the wrong data, so there's a substantial revision now online.

“The new version provides evidence that welfare policy has no more than a marginal effect on the incidence of abortion,” he argued. “In fact, the new regression results indicate that none of the three welfare policies which the authors previously argued were effective tools for reducing the incidence of abortion have a substantial abortion reducing effect.”

The main critic of the first study, who was acknowledged as the principal reason for changing the results, also thinks that the "Common Good" study had impacted the election.


HT: ProEcclesia

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