Is Ross Douthat the Dumbest Columnist Ever for the Times?
We Don’t Know, There Could be Dumber Conservatives Out There Waiting for the Times to Call
In order to defend restrictions on a woman’s right to choose an abortion, as opposed to the state dictating her choices New York Times conservative opinion writer draws on the experience of
almost totally restricts abortion and yet women’s health in that country is
|NY Times Columnist|
Ross Douthat -
Did not major in logic in college
Meanwhile, international rankings offer few indications that
’s abortion laws are holding
Irish women back. The country ranks first for gender parity in health care in a
recent European Union index. It was in the middle of the pack in The Economist’s
recent “glass-ceiling index” for working women. It came
in fifth out of 135 countries in the World Economic Forum’s “Global
Gender Gap” report. (The Ireland was 22nd.) United States
Now one interesting thing here is that Mr. Douthat admits that in order to make a comparison one has to account for other variables that affect outcomes.
But there’s a problem with these comparisons: They don’t compare like to like, or control for the host of variables that separate, say, sub-Saharan Africa from the
United States and Europe.
They tell us that underdeveloped countries are more likely to ban abortion, but
they don’t tell us whether those bans actually hold back progress and
To prove that case, you would need to look at how abortion restrictions play out in a wealthy, liberal and egalitarian society. Here two examples are instructive: Europe in general and
in particular. Ireland
And then goes on to make this utterly ignorant statement.
So if liberal fears about the
legislation’s impact are correct, one would expect the Irish ban to have
produced obvious, disastrous side effects. At the very least, one would expect Texas
to lag in female mortality, health and economic advancement. Ireland
No Mr. Douthat, one would not expect that because in order to do a proper, or even credible analysis one would have to control for the thousand or so other variable that affect women’s health and economic achievement. And one would have to account for the differences in health care system, in particular where the Texas situation is abysmal as far as health insurance is concerned. As Red Foreman, one of the great TV dads of all time would say, “What a dumbass.”
But let’s play Mr. Douthat’s game. It turns out that alcohol consumption in
Ireland and Europe with all those abortion
restrictions is much higher than that of the United States. So using Mr. Douthat’s logic it must be that
restricting abortion causes alcoholism.
So in addition to restricting freedom, imposing unwanted controls by
government on women’s health and dictating medical practices Texas will also be creating a huge number of
alcoholics with its new abortion policies.
Well that’s the conclusion everyone would reach using Mr. Douthat’s logic, assuming that there was some logic in his article.