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  •  I'd Think You'd Want to Break It Down Statewise (6+ / 0-)

    because in conservative states, abortion facilities can be nearly nonexistent for lower income women. We need to know how much the choice is being denied.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 02:08:55 PM PST

    •  My thoughts exactly, Gooserock. (2+ / 0-)
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      US Blues, Cassandra Waites

      We've seen a severe curtailment in the availability of abortion, so logically, that becomes concurrent with a lower abortion rate.  

      •  Agreed Gooserock and Bluedust (0+ / 0-)

        that it would be informative to look at the rates at a state level because when you look at the rates at their highest aggregate level (national) then nuances or disparities in the distribution can be hidden.  If you're interested in seeing those rates, you can go to

        http://www.statehealthfacts.org/...

        It is also important to note that obtaining the exact number of abortions performed has proven difficult as it has long been considered to be an underreported event.

        In the State of Colorado, for example, there has also historically been a lack of resources from a state level to enforce reporting requirement. Fortunately, due to increased resources over the past 5 years, reporting of abortions has been relatively stable. However, it has not yet been determined if the data is complete both in terms of specific providers (whose information is not captured) and in geographic distribution around the state.  Currently, providers are informed that reporting is required, but the process is passive in nature. Non-reporting may be due to a lack of resources from the providers to complete and submit reports, lack of education among providers regarding reporting requirements, and/or intangible barriers such as fear among providers of reprisal from the community.

    •  And cross-correlated with pregnancy stats (1+ / 0-)
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      Cassandra Waites

      I'll bet those are higher in the red states.

      "Political ends as sad remains will die." - YES 'And You and I' ; -8.88, -9.54

      by US Blues on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 02:43:20 PM PST

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