Last month, two analysts from the think tank Third Way published an opinion piece in U.S. News and World Report claiming that new Trump-administration policies would cause a surge in the abortion rate. They also credited Obama-administration policies with reducing the incidence of abortion. The piece went on to assert that the Trump administration’s decisions to cut the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and exempt religious employers from the contraceptive-coverage mandate will reverse that progress.
Analyses of abortion trends cited by mainstream media outlets tend to be misleading, and this article was certainly no exception. But, in fact, this Third Way piece appears truly unique in its ability to combine cherry-picked data with exceptionally misleading analysis.