Lies, damned lies, and fact checking

Came across this lovely piece of shit garbage “information” on Facebook today.

National Pro-Life Alliance The numbers don't lie. Abortion is the leading cause of death in the United States every year.

National Pro-Life Alliance
The numbers don’t lie.
Abortion is the leading cause of death in the United States every year.

Actually, the numbers DO lie but the “National Pro-Life Alliance” counts wholly on you not bothering to double check their so-called facts.

I know I stink at math but even to me, those numbers sounded pretty bogus, so I did some quick Googling. So can you. Btw, I purposely avoided the incredibly biased pro-life sites. If I wanted bullshit figures, I’d go straight to them.

For the purpose of this experiment in just how capable of googling I am, all info courtesy of the CDC. Why? Because I feel they’re *slightly* less full of shit.

Ready? Here goes:


Abortions have been and continue to be tracked by the CDC since 1969 – you can even break them down by state via Excel spreadsheet, if you should so desire.

In 2010, 765,651 legal induced abortions were reported to CDC from 49 reporting areas. The abortion rate for 2010 was 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years and the abortion ratio was 228 abortions per 1,000 live births.

Compared with 2009, the total number and rate of reported abortions for 2010 decreased 3%. The abortion ratio was stable, changing only 0.4%. Additionally, from 2001 to 2010 the number, rate, and ratio of reported abortions decreased 9%, 10%, and 8%, respectively. Given the 3% decrease from 2009 to 2010 in the total number and rate of reported abortions, in combination with the 5% decrease that had occurred in the previous year, the overall decrease during the most recent 5-year period (2006–2010) was greater than the decrease during the previous 5-year period (2001–2005).

Women in their twenties accounted for the majority of abortions in 2010 and throughout the period of analysis. The majority of abortions in 2010 took place early in gestation:  91.9% of abortions were performed at ≤13 weeks’ gestation, and of the abortions performed at ≤13 weeks’ gestation, 71.7% were performed at ≤ 8 weeks’ gestation. In 2010, 17.7% of all abortions were medical abortions. Source: MMWR 2013;62(8).

 

You can see the info for yourself here: http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/data_stats/Abortion.htm

Hmmm. That CDC number looks nothing like the one on the chart….


Accidental deaths yearly:

All unintentional injury deaths

Number of deaths: 126,438
Deaths per 100,000 population: 40.6
Cause of death rank: 5

Unintentional fall deaths

Number of deaths: 27,483
Deaths per 100,000 population: 8.8

Motor vehicle traffic deaths

Number of deaths: 33,783
Deaths per 100,000 population: 10.8

Unintentional poisoning deaths

Number of deaths: 36,280
Deaths per 100,000 population: 11.6

All easily available at the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/accidental-injury.htm

Our numbers are closer, but still a tiny bit skewed.


Cancer deaths:

Number of deaths: 576,691
Deaths per 100,000 population: 185.1
Cause of death rank: 2

Also found on the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/cancer.htm

Getting closer. We’re obviously rounding on the chart.


Heart disease info, again, according to the CDC.

About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.1

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men.1

Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing nearly 380,000 people annually.1

See http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm

Finally! Our chart has one right!!


I know, I know, it’s all about the attention-grabbing numbers that they throw up on a colorful pie chart! But, really, you should be insulted that “they” – and that’s not just the intelligence-insulting National Pro-Life Alliance, but any intelligence-insulting organization that throws bullshit up on a pretty chart – are relying on you being too stupid, too lazy, or too gullible to actually check their work.

You should feel insulted.

You don’t know how it feels

This was going around Facebook last week. Perhaps in reference to Robin Williams’ suicide.

bullshit

The above is true for some people, sure. But not those who have depression or mental illnesses. It’s not just a fucking switch you turn on and off.

I got PTSD after a bad car wreck when I was pregnant with my oldest. Her birth (cesarean) was very traumatic to me which just added more on top of what was already unresolved. Then my next birth (highly medicalized VBAC) was also traumatic. More issues with PTSD. Yay!

When Elias died, I could feel the PTSD kicking my ass. I wish I could just make it go away. Unfortunately, I don’t get that option. I just get to live with it. And, let’s be frank, if you’ve never lost a child, you don’t know exactly what it’s like. Losing a spouse or a parent or a sibling may give you some idea, but not wholly so. Of course, that’s the first thing that people want to do. They want to tell you that they know how you feel because their _______ died. I don’t think for a minute that I know just how you feel when your ____ died, so do me a favor and don’t do that to me. You/I may have an idea how I/you feel, but unless you have lost a child or I have lost a ______, odds are good you/I don’t. And you say you’ve moved on? Just like flipping a switch. Well, congratulations to you. Not everyone is that cold and detached works that way.

Here’s some brutal honesty for you: The more stressed I feel, the more the depression and PTSD come out to play. The more it comes out, the more depressed I get. But sometimes, I just get depressed. Lately, it’s been bad. Especially with the start of school. Elias should have been starting first grade two weeks ago.

Were it not for my surviving kids, I’m not so sure I’d be here today.