Posted byÂ Erick Erickson, Red State Blog
RedState has uncovered evidence – confirmed by the CDCâ€™s own press office – that the Obama administration is deliberately playing â€œhide the ballâ€ on nationwide abortion statistics. For apparently the first time in 40 years, the CDCâ€™s annual â€œAbortion Surveillance Reportâ€ was not published, and there are â€œno plansâ€ for the data to be produced at this time.
Whatever you feel about abortion and its legality, virtually all people agree that transparency and factual accuracy are important in the abortion debate. That is why even Planned Parenthood spends a substantial amount of money each year funding theGuttmacher Instituteâ€™s studies on abortion statistics. While pro-life groups have long contended that Guttmacherâ€™s methods systematically undercount abortions, that is beside the point; the Guttmacher studies have long provided a consistent source for studying abortion trends over time. Which aggregate data, we re-emphasize, is important not only for both sides of the idealogical debate, but is also important medical information.
[Editorial Note: The Guttmacher Institute emailed that Planned Parenthood does not fund it. Planned Parenthood set up the Guttmacher Institute as its research arm and Guttmacher claims it is now independent of Planned Parenthood. Apparently, Planned Parenthood does not have to fund Guttmacher,Â because you and I do.]
Yet, in the wake of numerous damaging disclosures about unscrupulous practices by abortionists (from Kermit Gosnell to Planned Parenthood clinics across the country), the Obama Administration has apparently ordered that the only Federal government report on abortion statistics â€“ again, a report that has run continuously for 40 years â€“ be deep-sixed. The immediate question this raises is: what is the Obama administration trying to hide?
Hereâ€™s the background: Beginning in 1969 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collected data on legal abortions carried out in the United States through its Abortion Surveillance System. The report based on this data ordinarily appeared as an article in CDCâ€™s professional journal, The Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report (MMWR) the week after Thanksgiving. The report lagged the data by three years, i.e., the 2006 data were printed in 2009.
The report was produced by the cooperative efforts of the Guttmacher Institute and statisticians at the CDC.
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