Thursday, October 21, 2004

Abortions Did Not Increase Under President Bush, Researcher's Study Flawed

Washington, DC ( -- In a last-minute effort to call into question President Bush's pro-life credentials, a researcher says that Bush's economic policies have led to an increase in the number of abortions during his administration. However, a leading pro-life expert on abortion statistics says the study is flawed and sometimes uses old data or wrong numbers to draw conclusions. Stassen found that abortions increased in 11 of those 16 states claims abortions must be on the rise nationwide, but Dr. Randy O'Bannon, director of education at the National Right to Life Committee, says his figures are wrong. In Illinois, for example, Stassen used only one year of data and ignores the substantial decrease in the number of abortions from 2002 to 2003. In Wisconsin, Stassen says abortions increased but the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services says there were 436 fewer abortions performed in Wisconsin in 2002 than in 2001. In South Dakota, Stassen points to a one year increase in abortions of 2.1%. However, that's the figure for the increase in the number of babies born during that period. Figures from the state's health department reveal a 9.7 percent decrease in the number of abortions during that time.
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