on his assertion that the above numbers
prove, "beyond a shadow of a doubt" that
the majority of women who get abortions
in South Dakota do so as a "casual method
of birth control (Mike Sanborn's words —
Mike thinks they don't.)
I persists with this because I think Ellis
in his fervor is being intellectually dishonest
at worst, or overly presumptuous at best.
So, without going into the whole report
like we did on the last go-round, let's
just focus on this chart and see what we
can glean (some might say cherrypick)
from it, shall we?
First, add up all the "Percent" columns
from year to year and notice that they
all total more than 100%.
The only sensible answer is that the
people being interviewed gave more than
Maybe it's a multiple choice question?
Who knows? Maybe Bob Ellis does.
Boy, it sure looks to me like they do,
pretty dramatically actually...especially
the one Ellis says represents the
"casual birth control" women.
The surprising thing to me here is that if Ellis
is right, why is that number not 100% every year?
Didn't everyone who answered the question
"not desire to have the child?"
Do the numbers mean that a significant % of women
each year really wanted to have the child but decided
to have an abortion anyway? I don't know.
Does it mean that most women didn't want to discuss
the deepest reasons for their decision figuring that it
was none of anyone else's business? I don't know.
My only point is, I don't believe that Bob nor
anyone else but the women who gave the answers
knows what these numbers mean.
There's no way to tell.
And that's as it should be.
Finally, I'm not going to get into the overall abortion
debate on this thread. My interest here is honesty and
education. Read the SDDoH report. Think about it, think
about whether you agree with me that's it's no one's
business but the woman involved, or whether you agree
with Carl LaFong that it's an issue society at large should
concern itself with and make law accordingly.
And on the off chance, you still agree with Ellis that
anyone takes this issue or their abortion lightly, well...
what can I say? I haven't yet heard anyone yet say that.
But I suppose it's possible. Maybe they should ask that
question in the interview, huh?
The floor is yours, friends.
I'm staying out of the comments this time. I promise.
Note: There will be no poll accompanying this post,
at least not one created by me. I'm just trying to finish
up this old business before moving on.