Gay marriage poses a threat to the unborn
Utah lawyer Gene Schaerr, above, has identified a new threat posed by same-sex unions: abortions will soar if the US Supreme Court rules next week in favour of making gay marriage a national reality.
Schaerr – a “man of courage and conviction”, according to The Alliance Defending Freedom – predicts that the legalisation of same-sex marriage will result in 900,000 abortions.
Writing for the Washington Post, Dana Milbank said Schaerr’s logic was akin to saying that:
The raising of the minimum wage would increase the frequency of hurricanes.
Schaerr’s prediction is contained in an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court on behalf of “100 scholars of marriage” who want the Supreme Court to rule against a nationwide acceptance of same-sex unions.
Schaerr, a Mormon, acknowledged in a post on The Daily Signal:
On the surface, abortion and same-sex marriage may seem unrelated [but] the two are closely linked in a short and simple causal chain.
This is his reasoning:
A reduction in the opposite-sex marriage rate means an increase in the percentage of women who are unmarried and who, according to all available data, have much higher abortion rates than married women. And based on past experience, institutionalizing same-sex marriage poses an enormous risk of reduced opposite-sex marriage rates.
Nearly 900,000 more children of the next generation would be aborted as a result of their mothers never marrying. This is equal to the entire population of the cities of Sacramento and Atlanta combined.
Pressed for proof by Milbank of this cause-and-effect, Schaerr admitted:
It is still too new to do a rigorous causation analysis using statistical methods.