A new study from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte argues that abortion should be listed as a “cause of death” among U.S. vital statistics data, Breitbart reports.
The researchers pointed out that there is “no credible scientific opposition” to the fact that a unique new human life begins at the moment of conception. Currently, about 1.1 million abortions are performed in the U.S. each year. The inclusion of these unborn babies’ abortion deaths among the vital statistics would create a more scientifically accurate picture of societal trends such as population growth and demographics, they argued.
To ignore this “may be the ultimate example of science denial,” the researchers said.
“The appropriate role of science is to inform this societal dialogue with objective information,” they concluded. “Labeling abortion as a preventable death is not an argument for restricting access to a legal abortion. However, refusing to acknowledge abortion as a death undermines the role of science and the value of transparency so fundamental to a free society.”
One of the issues the researchers focused on was the disproportionately high abortion rates among minorities. They said the inclusion of abortion as a “cause of death” could increase awareness and research on the issue.
The exclusion of a major cause of death from the vital statistics system, especially one with large racial and ethnic disparities, should be a major concern to the scientific community and society as a whole. Therefore, we considered abortion as a cause of death in order to: 1) assess its magnitude against other major causes of death; 2) assess its contribution to years of potential life lost; and 3) compare its relative impact on these outcomes for the three major racial and ethnic groups in the United States: Hispanics and non-Hispanic Blacks (NHB) and Whites (NHW).
… [In 2009] For Hispanics and NHB, deaths from abortion are 4.2 and 3.5 times, respectively, the number of deaths from all diseases of the heart and malignant neoplasms combined.
But pro-abortion politics have been getting in the way of the government acknowledging that abortion is a cause of death.
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“Abortion as a death is an inconvenient truth for the narrative of pro-choice advocates. So instead of labeling an induced abortion as a death, legal abortion advocates prefer euphemisms such as: ‘healthcare services’, ‘freedom of choice’, ‘woman’s rights’, and others,” Dr. James Studnicki, who co-authored the study, told Breitbart.
The study recently was published in the Open Journal of Preventive Medicine. Studnicki said another journal rejected their paper because the reviewers were “staunch advocates of ‘choice.’” He said the situation just added to the evidence that abortion ideology often trumps science in the modern world.
Abortion activists often deny scientific evidence about abortion when it does not fit their agenda. Studies showing risks related to abortion, such as breast cancer and infertility, often are refuted and heavily criticized by abortion activists and then parroted in the mainstream media.
Scientific evidence about unborn babies’ development – especially their ability to feel pain by 20 weeks, if not sooner – also has been heavily scrutinized. And scientists and researchers say they have faced discrimination when their research did not fit in with the pro-abortion ideology.A new documentary “Hush” is exploring from a neutral position why more research is not being done about the risks of abortion.