Wednesday, December 12, 2012

This is how the Christian right BS machine works

1. Ruth Institute Blog:
Figures from Statistics Canada, a federal government agency, show 491 babies were born alive following botched abortions during the period from 2000-2009 and left to die afterwards.
2. Links to that ever reliable Lifesite News:
Figures from Statistics Canada, a federal government agency, show 491 babies were born alive following botched abortions during the period from 2000-2009 and left to die afterwards. The numbers have pro-life advocates up in arms.

Andre Schutten, legal counsel for ARPA Canada, noticed the numbers and blogged about them recently.
3. Links to Schutten's blog at Association for Reformed Political Action:
The blog Run with Life has reported that, from 2000 to 2009, 491 babies have been born alive following a failed abortion procedure, and subsequently left to die. And those are only the ones that are recorded by Statistics Canada.
4. Links to the blog Run With Life authored by one Patricia Maloney whose background is unknown:
From 2000 to 2009 in Canada, there were 491 abortions, of 20 weeks gestation and greater, that resulted in live births. This means that the aborted child died after it was born. These abortions are coded as P96.4 or "Termination of pregnancy, affecting fetus and newborn".
5. Finally a link to Statistics Canada which:

Does not mean what the blogger claims it means. Not even close. As a commenter pointed out, this includes still births. The net number is unknown and could be zero.

Apparently, nobody downstream has the intellectual curiosity of an azalea.
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