First things first.
Here are the stats.
Read the whole thing. I'll wait.
hmm, hmm, hmm. ...coffee.. sandwich... ok ready?
Good. Let's cut right to the part Bob Ellis
always likes to talk about.
Table 71 page 80. No wait, first, pop back up
to the bottom of page 79 andread the little
blurb that introduces the chart.
Now go to table 71.
(If you're not reading the whole report,
just click on the picture above to enlarge it.)
Ok, now having read that, and the rest
of the report, please explain to me
how in the world Bob reaches this conclusion:
"Further, the statistics on abortion prove
beyond a shadow of a doubt how woefully
ignorant you are on why abortions are performed.
"NOBODY uses abortion as a casual method
of birth control." Really? The latest statistics
from the SD Department of Health show 83.2%
of the abortions in SD were performed because
"The mother did not desire to have the child."
(He's responding to a statement
made by Michael Sanborn yesterday)
So...are my eyes bad?
Because I don't see any number
on that chart that indicates
that anyone in South Dakota
had an abortion as a
"casual method of birth control."
Do you dear readers?
For that matter, I don't find any evidence
of Bob's assertion that people get abortions
casually ANYWHERE in the whole report —
Far less "beyond the shadow of a doubt"
as Bob puts it.
I have a lot to say here, but I'm thinking
some of you might too. So, guest host
here that I am, I want to
read your comments first.
Oh and fellas, would it be too much
to ask to let the women who want
to address these numbers give us
their read on them before you weigh in?
I think it's only fair, since, as Sanborn
rightly points out the chances of you guys
ever having to answer any of these questions
range from slim to none.
Of that I am certain ...beyond a shadow of a doubt.
As per above, this post was created to challenge
Bob Ellis's challenge to Mike. It was immediately
co-opted by a poster who insisted on blowing it up
into a larger discussion.
So we went there.
It didn't work out very well.
Discussions on this topic usually don't.
I shut down the comments for a few hours to
let things cool off.
They're back on now.