Heritage Foundation Website: Same-Sex Marriage Will Lead To More Abortions

dumb-signNormally I don’t give a random conservative websites a whole lot of attention because if I did, I could write countless articles mocking the absolute absurdity that I see on these sites every single day. Anyone who’s ever visited sites like Drudge Report or Conservative Tribune (a site that literally just makes up “news”) knows exactly what I’m talking about.


Well, I made an exception when I came across a completely asinine story posted by The Daily Signal, a site owned by the infamous Heritage Foundation. The article’s author, Gene Schaerr (also known as the lawyer who unsuccessfully defended Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage), ridiculously claimed that legalizing same-sex marriage will lead to more abortions. But not just “more” abortions – 900,000 more. 

Yes, somehow gay couples getting married – couples who can’t naturally procreate – are going to lead to more abortions.

Apparently Schaerr believes that the legalization of same-sex marriage will lead to more unmarried women… and unmarried women are more likely to have an abortion than married ones.

To come to this “conclusion” he basically ignores any and all credible means at coming to a scientific conclusion about data, and assumes that anytime a state or country sees a drop in its marriage rate following the legalization of same-sex marriage, the two must be undeniably related.

Except, as Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank points out, between 2002-2012, Texas and Utah saw some of the biggest declines in marriage rate in the country even when their bans on same-sex marriage were soundly in place.

So, in other words, Gene Schaerr doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.

But let’s take a look at the glaring flaw in his conclusion. First, there are nearly as many lesbian women as gay men, so the two “sides” kind of equal themselves out. His conclusion essentially assumes that only gay men will be getting married, leaving more and more unmarried women – which, of course, isn’t true. Gay men will marry gay men, lesbian women will marry lesbian women and there will be just about as many straight men and women looking for relationships as there has been. That is, if those heterosexual men and women are still looking to get married, which fewer and fewer are nowadays – and that has nothing at all to do with the legalization of same-sex marriage.


Besides, according to our Constitution (via our Supreme Court) every woman in this country has the right to have an abortion, so it’s really none of his damn business either way.

Sadly, these sorts of ridiculous arguments against same-sex marriage aren’t uncommon. Whether it’s a judge in Louisiana who argued that allowing gays to marry could lead to polygamy, or the state of Kentucky that argued because homosexuals can’t procreate they shouldn’t be allowed to marry (I’m not sure when having children became a requirement for marriage), those opposing marriage equality really don’t seem to have any shame when it comes to how foolish they’ll make themselves look to support their bigoted stance against gay rights.




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Frank DiChutney

    give a random conservative websites a whole lot of attention because if I did, I could write countless articles mocking the absolute absurdity that…..

    Amazing how every one of Allen’s blog posts start out with him trying to qualify himself as an objective, not crazy far Left loon, to which he then wanders off into the typical far left invective that he always does. Every first sentence of his is that same qualifier…’Hey, shucks, I’m a normal guy here, and I normally don’t like to go this route, but here, let me tell you just how crazy these conservatives are’.

    It’s not mere intellectual dishonesty, it’s pathological in nature.

    • Brian

      You’re saying this about an article on conservatives claiming that gay marriage leads to abortion. Strawman.

      • Pipercat

        Also, ad hominem, commits contextomy and he’s tone trolling. What’s sad, his style mirrors the author.

  • Cemetery Girl

    I’m interested in the idea that gay men being able to marry will increase the number of single women. Realistically, and especially in recent history, a gay man wouldn’t eventually marry a woman because that was his only marriage choice. Not to say some men wouldn’t marry women, but being a lifelong bachelor wasn’t a horrible thing. Aside from that, does this speak of assumptions about sexuality? Women have a little more leeway with their sexuality, the line is less severe. There is less of you are either homosexual or heterosexual. There is also more assumption that is they find a same sex partner it’s probably “a phase”. For some people their sexuality is a gray area, with partners selected not by sex but the qualities of the connection, and some the sexuality is very defined

  • Macdoodle

    “couples who can’t naturally procreate ” this really says it all.Nature never intended for same sex relationships.Otherwise same sex couples could naturally have children.

    • Pipercat

      Reductio ad absurdum.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        do you believe anyone thinks you are smart for labeling?

      • Pipercat

        Not a label. The argument, or lack thereof, is a straight up fallacy. So fallacious, no need to counter.

      • ManifestoDem

        Agreed. First year arts students love these epithets.

    • Erin Elizabeth

      “nature never intended for same sex relationships”? really then can you explain please why homosexuality has been observed as a natural occurance in over 2000 species on the planet? or maybe you could explain why the ONLY SPECIE on the planet that has issue with it is humans? in nature we have observed homosexuality in literally HUNDREDS OF SPECIES but the only specie with homophobia is humanity. sorry but those are scientific FACTS! so just grow up and if you don’t want gay marriage don’t marry someone of the same sex. other wise what the fuck does it have to do with YOU!?!?!? NOTHING! all you are doing is showing your inner bigot. thank you for that now we know what kind of person you REALLY are. the kind the rest of us should avoid!

    • Judy Rae Jackson

      My husband & I can’t naturally procreate due to his health issues. Does that mean our marriage should not have been allowed?

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Yes, Macdoodle and his right wing idols would have you do a fertility test before you could marry in his church. They want the final say on who can, and cannot, be happy.

      • Judy Jackson

        Good thing we are both atheists & had a Justice of the Peace perform our marriage ceremony.

  • Bruce Brown

    Too bad their mothers weren’t affected by that.

  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    Basing any laws on 1st century mythology is just ridiculous. Conservatives will eventually have to wrap their tiny brains around same sex marriage and come to grips that they cannot continue to prevent two consenting people from being happy. Of course they will squeak and whine, just like they do about everything, but this too will pass…..

  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    That picture above speaks volumes…..bible thumping cons actually believe in demons….there is no reasoning with a person or group of people who believe in fantasies…

  • lars626

    Clifton, please listen carefully. I am only going to say this once.
    Never argue with a fool, people may not be able to tell you apart.

  • Flat Banana

    Again another story by this “author” with no factual information to backup his own point of view.