The Christian lawyer who unsuccessfully defended Utah’s ban on gay marriage has said legalizing gay marriage will cause 900,000 abortions.
Gene Schaerr made the claim in an amicus brief filed with the US Supreme Court on behalf of ‘100 scholars of marriage.’ The court will hear arguments on gay marriage from four states on 28 April.
‘On the surface, abortion and same-sex marriage may seem unrelated,’ he wrote in a commentary published on the Daily Signal website.
But he assures that ‘the two are closely linked in a short and simple causal chain.’
Schaerr said legalizing same-sex unions would devalue marriage and cause fewer straight couples to marry.
This in turn would lead to a larger number of unmarried women, who have abortions at higher rates than married women.
‘Nearly 900,000 more children of the next generation would be aborted as a result of their mothers never marrying,’ he wrote in the brief. ‘This is equal to the entire population of the cities of Sacramento and Atlanta combined.’
When questioned by a Washington Post reporter, Schaerr admitted that he could not prove the two were related but said there were ‘theoretical reasons’ such causation might occur.
‘It is still too new to do a rigorous causation analysis using statistical methods,’ he said.
Schaerr said that he had only found a decline in marriage rates in states that had legalized gay marriage.
‘The brief doesn’t even attempt to say conclusively that this reduction in marriage rates has been the result of adopting same-sex marriage,’ he said.
Schaerr quit his job at a DC law firm to defend Utah’s ban on gay marriage and ‘fulfill what I have come to see as a religious and family duty.’