Author admits flaws in abortion rate study, but challenges critics
Stassen says sources limited at the time
Jun 28, 2005
A controversial study suggesting that the abortion rate has increased since President Bush took office was off the mark, its author now admits. But he also says new figures vindicate some of his contentions.
A recent study of the abortion rates in several states since President Bush took office revealed figures slightly different from those that ethicist Glen Stassen found in a study of a smaller number of states last fall.
Stassen, a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary near Los Angeles, originally extrapolated data from 16 states to suggest that the national abortion rate has risen slightly since Bush took office in 2001 after falling for several years under his predecessor.
A. M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor in Louisiana, expresses regret for the role he played in sending Glenn Ford to death row in 1984. “I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.” Stroud says he presented dubious evidence from a forensic pathologist, precluded black jurors from the trial (Ford, since exonerated, is black), and ignored the fact that the appointed defense attorney had never before tried a criminal or capital case. “I . . . hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford,” Stroud said in a letter to the editor of the Times of Shreveport. “But, I’m also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it” (ABA Journal, March 25).