Saturday, April 30, 2011

Planned Parenthood, Death and Statistics

Statistics can mislead. However, Planned Parenthood (PP) has demonstrated that it can use numbers to create an entire fantasy world, claiming that “abortion makes up only 3 percent of its total services” (World, May 7, 2011, 5).

How did PP determine the “3 percent?” According to World, Abby Johnson, a former PP clinic director, recently wrote that:

• …the claim is a gimmick. The group, she claims, skews its abortion numbers by “unbundling family planning services so that each patient shows anywhere from five to 20 visits per appointment.”

What does this mean in terms of numbers?

• Planned Parenthood provided abortions to 97.6 percent of its 340,276 pregnant clients in 2009…For every adoption referral in 2009, Planned Parenthood performed slightly more than 340 abortions.

What a discrepancy – 3% against 97.6%! Actually, it’s not a discrepancy; it’s a deception, but we shouldn’t be surprised. I worked with the New York City Department of Probation for 15 years and soon learned that just about all of our probationers were “innocent.” When people have done something wrong and fear the consequences, truth is the first thing to go. Can we expect anything better from PP?

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