Thursday 23 December 2010

Freedom 55.1

CIHI abortion statistics
Women are learning to fight for the issues in which they believe. Technology, however, has moved us into a new era of ethics. IVF, surrogacy, early identification of fetal issues.

Maria Shriver, for example, not content to be Governor's wife or figurehead, or simple volunteer, followed her mother's path (Eunice Kennedy Shriver) and jumped into advocacy. With her power, influence and money, comes responsibility.

Problem is, when someone famous begins advocating for something, we trust that they know whereof they speak. In one article: in which (thankfully) language is being cleaned up, 

In October, Barack Obama signed a new law that prohibits the U.S. government from referring to the "mentally retarded" in any of its laws and regulations. The term to be used instead is "intellectual disability."
How many times have I heard a kid put down another using this word? I simply did not permit it. With inclusion, and acceptance of those who are different, society has moved into a whole new era.

However, they then cite these stats...

Approximately 90% of all babies diagnosed with Down's syndrome in the womb are aborted. The technological advances that Mrs. Shriver thought would help the mentally disabled are now employed to prevent them from ever seeing the light.

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I really wonder where the stats came from. In Canada, the stats are reported for hospital Therapeutic abortions. Private clinics do not have to report. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) now keep all such stats in its Therapeutic Abortion Database (TABD). The reason for an abortion is not stated. Yet, on the news I heard the '85 - 90%' stat again. I truly wonder.

In this day and age, we want ethical reporting, proven statistics, and data worth believing. Otherwise, we come to conclusions that are not worthy.


Yogi♪♪♪ said...

One of my biggest frustrations is finding the source of data quoted in news articles. Some numbers are just tossed out there and the news agencies use each other as sources.

Grandma K said...

Far too many believe everything they get from the internet. You are correct about statistics. They can be skewed in many ways.

Jenn Jilks said...

Thanks Grandma K.
Me too, Yogi. Criminal.