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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

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.

3 Comments:

Blogger Kent said...

Wow. Over 70% of pregnancies in the District of Colombia end in abortion? No wonder it's Washington, D.C.

This also makes a hash of the notion that safe, legal abortions can be kept rare.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Joseph said...

The 70% figure isn't the ratio of abortions to pregnancies but the ratio of abortions to births. The figure for the abortion:pregnancy ratio is about 40%.

2:05 AM  
Blogger Kent said...

Thanks for the correction: 40% rather than 70%.

I think you and I would agree that it doesn't invalidate the rest of my comment.

10:59 AM  

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