Last week's Dakota Voice poll is now closed. The poll was actually a survey question to measure awareness of a public policy issue.
The question was:
What percentage of abortions in SD in 2007 were because "The mother did not desire to have the child"?
I gave a hint last week when the poll opened, stating the answer could be found at the website for the South Dakota Department of Health.
Some respondents may not have seen this hint, or simply didn't take the time to look up the stats, or (based on the perception fed to them by the "mainstream" media) thought the number was much lower than it actually is.
Still, the majority of respondents answered correctly:
The answer was an astonishing 83.2% of abortions in South Dakota in 2007 were performed because "the mother did not desire to have the child. In other words, essentially retroactive birth control.
Incidentally, I didn't pull those other answer choices out of thin air; I took them from the same DOH report. The percentage of abortions done for rape/incest was 1.7% (even though these children are just as human as the child conceived in love). The percentage of abortions performed because "The mother could not afford the child" was the second largest at 33.5% (even though poor women have been having children for thousands of years, and still do, and many agencies such as crisis pregnancy centers and adoption agencies exist to help women of limited financial means). Finally, 5.2% of the abortions were done because of the stated reason "The mother’s emotional health was at risk" (however, there is no specific requirement for documenting a compelling hazard exists, so we don't know how many of these were even remotely genuine...and what's more, would killing your 2-month old be permissible if "The mother’s emotional health was at risk"?)
Thanks to all who participated in the survey. When someone insists abortions are "necessary," I encourage you to remember these percentages.
Next week's survey question has just been posted:
According to the CDC, what is the largest source of AIDS transmission?
- Homosexual contact & injected drug use
- Injected drug use
- High-risk heterosexual contact
- Homosexual contact
Hint: you can find this information at the website of the Centers for Disease Control.