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January 31, 2005

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Jor

(cameo apperance)
CDC published 2001 data around Thanksgiving,
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=15562258

Summary: Slight decrease in # of abortions vs. 2000 (~4000), slight increase in abortion ratio (# of abortions vs. # of live births). Can't compare to before 2000, because # of reporting districts changed.

So, no evidence to back rhetoric.

I don't know when those "unconventional" sex-ed programs started, but I'd guess you'd need a year or two to see their effects. And even then, you'd really need to seperate # of abortions in states with "unconvential programs" vs. states with traditional programs. Further complications would be RU486, etc.

Jor

CDC Abstract

AllenS

This guy is annoying. Notice how he never answers a question. When asked about abortion, notice his nonanswer:

"So you have to have room to be able to talk about these things in a rational way. We also need--I mean, I thought Hillary gave a good speech the other way in which she talked about the need--and many of us have talked about this for a long period of time."

Lets remove the words between the ""--"", which are actually about Hillary giving a speech, and you end up with this: "We also need and many of us have talked about this for a long period of time." It has no meaning.

Paul Zrimsek

Doesn't look like the Draconian Talking Policy is having much of an effect one way or the other.

TM

Thanks very much, Jor. If memory serves, you were the one who dug up the Stassen report as well.

Forbes

So the Times thinks there should be a policy on abortion prevention. I bet if abortions were outlawed, there would be a lot fewer abortions performed, thereby achieving a prevention of abortion. Somehow I don't think this is what the Times had in mind--but it is indicative of the logical pretzels they twist themselves into to criticize the President.

Someone in a comment on a related post, IIRC, suggested that conservatives would be handing out chastity belts. I thought it was funny, maybe he/she should join forces with the Times.

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