The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, an anti-abortion group based in the U.K., says legalizing marriage equality will lead to a rise in the abortion rate.
In light of the recent push for marriage equality in the U.K., SPUC has been circulating the flyer above. Among other outrageous (and unfortunately common) claims about same-sex marriage, the flyer makes the following argument:
“We must protect real marriage because it protects children in the womb. Statistics show that unborn babies are four or five times more likely to be aborted outside real marriage.”
Note the vague use of the word “statistics.” The U.K. gay news site PinkNews was quick to jump on this logical fallacy:
SPUC’s claim that same-sex marriages – if legalised – were more likely to lead to the abortion of unborn babies within those very marriages, was not fully explained.
A married male couple cannot abort an unborn baby because neither party can carry one. A married female couple would only find themselves with child after a long and carefully considered process, making it highly unlikely they would ever seek an abortion; far less likely than a heterosexual woman in a traditional marriage who had gotten pregnant by accident.
A reporter from Vice contacted a representative from SPUC for clarification, and to tell the group some good news: in countries like the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and South Africa, where marriage equality has been legal for a little while, the abortion rate did not actually rise at all. Unsurprisingly, a comical failure to communicate ensued.