Editor’s note: I’ve long written that The Union needs to fact check the columns it receives, as most newspapers do. It’s podunk not to. Here’s the latest example: A reader calling out The Union columnist Terry McLaughlin on TheUnion.com for her “facts”:
“Approximately 1.3 million unborn babies are aborted in the United States every year.” Really? According to whom? What organization is compiling the number you cite? Please list your sources. CDC has much lower numbers for the last reporting year, 2013 had half your number. Once again, is anybody at The Union bothering at all to look over and ask basic questions with what your columnists write? What a joke!
The following is the number of abortions reported to the CDC (As of 2017):
The number of abortions in the United States increased gradually from 1973, then peaked in 1990 and has been on the decline since then.
“Since the1973 passage of Roe vs Wade, somewhere between 57 and 59 million abortions have occurred in the United States – this averages roughly 1.3 million a year over the past 44 years. CDC reporting of abortions is based upon statistics voluntarily submitted by State Health Departments, and the CDC admits this not 100% accurate. For example, California is often not included, as in 2012 when the CDC indicated that CA, New Hampshire, and Maryland were not included. The Guttmacher Institute, which is a research group that advocates on issues of sexual and reproductive health, has agreed that these figures are roughly accurate. There are articles on Politifact, the Washington Post, and others that address these issues. It is true that the number of abortions has slowly been declining, for which I am grateful.”
“Terry McLaughlin. What a joke! A ten year average? You are squirming because you know what you have said is bs. You didn’t say that in your article. Shame on YOU! An average since the beginning fo Roe V Wade? How about telling the truth with what current annual abortion numbers are for the past ten years? You don’t deserve to be a regular Union columnist if this is the kind of horseshat you submit.”