How to lie with statistics: pro-life version

Take a look at the numbers in this chart (provided in a great Vox post breaking it down):

Wow.  There’s lying with numbers and there’s really lying with numbers.  Here’s what the chart should actually look like:


And two charts is enough, but suffice it to say other non-cancer screening services went up considerably.

So it’s not true, as the chart implies, that Planned Parenthood has been performing more abortions while drastically cutting back the provision of other services. The overall number of non-abortion services provided by Planned Parenthood barely changed at all, going from 10.29 million in 2006 to 10.26 million in 2013.

That’s a lot of services to take away from people to (probably not even) prevent 300,000 abortions.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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