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Today at 11 a.m., Clare Coleman, the author of Sunday’s “Five Myths about Planned Parenthood” piece, will be doing an online chat.

This is my favorite passage from her article:

Here is a factual statement: Planned Parenthood’s abortion care represents 3 percent of its medical services — 332,000 terminations out of a total of 11.4 million services provided in 2009. Nearly all the care offered at Planned Parenthood health centers is preventive services and screenings.

“Nearly all?” This could have been used as Example A in my grad-school statistics class, under the heading “Play with the denominator until you get the percentage you want.”

We need to start by defining “services.” Or maybe by defining “termination.” After all, she’s the one who says she wants to use factual statements.



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