Lies, damn lies, and stats

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“Three percent of all Planned Parenthood health services are abortion services.”

–Planned Parenthood, fact sheet on Web site 

“In 2013, abortions made up 94% of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy services.”

–Susan B. Anthony List, fact sheet on Web site 

From The Washington Post article here.

Read an earlier post on “How to lie with Statistics” here.

4 thoughts on “Lies, damn lies, and stats

  1. The section on statistics we had in Phil 100 was probably the most useful part of the course. I’ll never forget (and have used with my students) this example: From a sign outside a hamburger stop in Arizona, “Our burgers are 50% rabbit!”
    When asked about the meat the owner explained that when they needed more they butchered 1 rabbit and 1 cow.

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  2. Interesting:
    “We see that the same states that are the top gun-owning states are also the top states for officer homicide — for example, Montana, Alaska and Arkansas,” said the lead author, David I. Swedler, a research assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. “And the lowest gun-owning states — Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey — are the states with the lowest officer homicide rates. Officers living in states with high gun ownership are more likely to be murdered on the job.”

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