Thursday, October 21, 2004
Abortions Did Not Increase Under President Bush, Researcher's Study Flawed
Posted by Christopher Blosser at
As part of their last-minute attempts to question President Bush's pro-life record, Democrats have cited a research report by Prof. Glen Harold Stassen of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary that claims Bush's economic policies have led to an increase in the number of abortions during his administration.
According to LifeNews.com,
a leading pro-life expert on abortion statistics says the study is flawed and sometimes uses old data or wrong numbers to draw conclusions.
Dr. Randy O'Bannon, director of education at the National Right to Life Committee, reveals bad assumptions and false conclusions in the report:
As Prime Minister of England Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) observed, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." Since the federal government stopped collecting national abortion figures in 2000, Stassen relies on data from 16 states to establish his claim that abortions have increased dramatically under President Bush.
Stassen found that abortions increased in 11 of those 16 states claims abortions must be on the rise nationwide.
"Stassen never demonstrates that his 16 states are representative of the 50 states," O'Bannon said. "Even worse for Stassen's case is that some of his statistics are just flat wrong, while others are of ambiguous origin."
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