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didn't inhale

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 25, 2005

The cite below, which I am not making up, comes from the New York Times's account of Hillary Clinton's speech in which she pokes an olive branch into the eye of the pro-life movement.

Several audience members inhaled sharply, for instance, when Mrs. Clinton said that 7 percent of American women who do not use contraception make up 53 percent of all unintended pregnancies.

Well, boys and girls, which fact is more astonishing? That 4% of American women have unintended pregnancies in the old-fashioned, pre-Copernican way of having an unintended pregnancy? Or that 47% of the unintended pregnancies occur in women who use 21st century contraceptive devices but conceive all the same?

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  • Posted by: Dan 149 - Jan. 25, 2005 4:03 PM ET USA

    According to Planned Parenthood, 56% of abortions are the result of failed contraception and an ADDITIONAL 16% the result of contraception "properly used". Forty-six of women who present for abortion report "no contraception". I think Mark Twain said "Liars, damn liars and statisticians."

  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2005 10:37 AM ET USA

    So, I guess by H. Clinton's keen logic, if you convert the 7% to the use of contraceptives and mix them in with the 93% who already do, that means that 100% of all "unintended pregnancies" would occur with women who use contraception. - And this comes from a contraceptive advocate who is reputedly the smartest woman in the world.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2005 10:36 AM ET USA

    Di, Clinton forgot to cite this one: 100 percent of all abortions result in the death of a child. Do you suppose mention of that statistic might have made Clinton's audience inhale sharply? Ah... on second thought, probably not.

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