Number Crunching in the “Abortion Capital of America”
After reading The Abortion Capital of America, I thought I'd give New York's abortion statistics a sanity check.
I downloaded statistics on abortion rates and the abortion:birth ratio and calculated the total pregnancy rates for the states covered. If the statistics are believable, New York has the fifth highest pregnancy rate of any state covered by the statistics (behind Utah, Nevada, Texas, and Arizona). (Taking account of the number of abortions performed on out-of-state residents did not affect the conclusions.)
I find that a bit hard to believe. For one thing, New York has fewer back seats per capita than other states. Could somebody be fooling around with the statistics? There might be an insurance/medicaid scam waiting to be uncovered by some enterprising reporter.