Michael J. New

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Michael J. New

MICHAEL J. NEW, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. He is also an Adjunct Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the Research and Education Arm of the Susan B. Anthony List. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Dartmouth College, Dr. New received a master’s degree in statistics and a doctorate in political science from Stanford University in 2002.

Before coming to Michigan, Dr. New worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard-MIT Data Center and later taught at The University of Alabama. Dr. New researches and writes about the social science of pro-life issues. He gives presentations on both the positive impact of pro-laws and the gains in public support for the pro-life position. He is a frequent blogger on National Review Online’s “The Corner.”

Dr. New’s study pro-life legislation was recently published by State Politics and Policy Quarterly. Four of his other studies on the effects of pro-life legislation have been published by the Heritage Foundation and another study was published by Family Research Council in 2008.

Recent Posts


20-Week Abortion Bans Enjoy Broad Support

Legislation that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of gestation has become a top priority for pro-lifers in 2013. In the past few years,  at least 10 states have passed such bans.  The deba... More


Guttmacher Study Shows Reductions in Teen Sexual Activity

Recently, a pair of researchers affiliated with the Guttmacher Institute published a study in the public health journal Pediatrics. (The article is behind a paywall.) The researchers used data fro... More

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Media Ignores What is Likely Driving Minnesota’s Abortion Decline

Last week, the Associated Press reported that the number of abortions performed in Minnesota declined by about 3 percent in 2012. The reaction was pretty predictable. A spokesman for Minnesota Citizen... More

Kermit Gosnell

Lessons Learned from the Gosnell Trial

Pro-lifers waited with bated breath on Monday for the Philadelphia jury to issue its verdict on the trial of late term abortion provider Kermit Gosnell.  In the end the jury found Gosnell guilty of t... More

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Recent Polls Show Gains in Pro-Life Sentiment

Last month, two polls were released which showed gains in public support for the pro-life position. In early April, Rasmussen released a poll which indicates that 40 percent of Americans consider them... More


Media Blackout On Abortion Misconduct Continues

During the past week, a number of conservative pundits have bemoaned the lack of media coverage of the trial of notorious abortionist Kermit Gosnell in Philadephia. The trial has featured vivid testim... More

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Chiaroscuro Poll Reveals Broad Support For Pro-Life Laws in New York

The recent poll which the Chiaroscuro Foundation commissioned on the abortion attitudes of New York residents has received plenty of attention from conservative media outlets in recent weeks. It is he... More



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