Abortion Backers Falsely Say Contraception Caused Abortion Drop

Discussion in 'News / Current Events' started by Revmitchell, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. Revmitchell

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    ...The first problem, though not necessarily Kliff’s fault, is that the CDC’s numbers are not the best out there. The Guttmacher Institute is the world’s foremost information-gathering organization on abortion data. CDC generally reports about 60% of the total number of abortions Guttmacher does. So any abortion analysis based upon CDC numbers is necessarily incomplete.

    Second, Kliff writes “What seems like a more plausible explanation might be the type of contraceptives women are using.” This is not exactly a ringing endorsement – the sentence has three or four qualifiers in it.

    Finally, the post closes by saying the following:

    No research has found a causal relationship yet. What we know is a correlation: At the same time the abortion rate took a big drop, use of more effective contraceptives had recently increased. That seems like it could be one factor explaining why the abortion rate recently dropped, after years of holding steady.

    This is a silly statement by Kliff. According to her post, a single study found use of “long-acting, reversal contraceptives” increased dramatically from 2007 to 2009. Which means the closing of her post is based upon a single study that cites a fact, and another organization that cites a different (and likely incomplete) fact. Could they be related? Kliff says “it could be one factor explaining why the abortion rate recently dropped.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement, yet she uses it as her final tie-in to how contraception use caused a drop on abortion rates.

    In short, we do not know that any correlation exists, despite what Kliff says.


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