Abortion Comic Book
A comment on Pharyngula's post about Truth for Youth, a hip'n'happenin' site full of comic books to teach young men and women of a peri-pubertal age all about the wickedness of homosexuality and evolution and birth control, asserts that especially since 1965, we have experienced rising levels of... abortion....
Not true. For the past 14 years we have experienced falling levels of abortion:
Overall, the annual number of legal induced abortions in the United States increased gradually from 1973 until it peaked in 1990, and it generally declined thereafter (Figure 1).
During 1990--1997, the number of legal induced abortions gradually declined. When the same 48 reporting areas are compared, the number of abortions decreased during 1996--2001. In 2000 and 2001, even with one additional reporting state, the number of abortions declined slightly.
I did take a look at the abortion comic mentioned in the post, but don't have much to say about it, mainly because I don't get it. The comic is full of fallacies, and misinformation.
OK, at a minimum, I do have to correct a few of the mistakes:
[An interesting aside: Overall, the literature indicates that serious psychiatric illness is at least 8 times more common among postpartum than among postabortion women.]
I can't comment on the substance of the comic because I don't understand why it is necessary to misinform [and discourage critical thinking in young people in the process] to support a particular belief. What's wrong with just stating "We believe x, y, and z (abortion is holocaust, doctors are murderers, etc.), and not everybody shares our belief system. However, if you do, you ought not have an abortion."