Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

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it turns out that Post story didn't have the statistics right. By
classifying everyone who had miscarriages, abortions, actual
pregnancies, and babies less than a year old as "pregnant" the murder
rate looks a lot higher than it actually is. Less than 9 percent of the
247 people used for the stats were actually pregnant; when you consider
that, the murder rate is actually less if you are pregnant. Better, the
murder rate for all women has dropped about 30% since 1995.

Anyway Nancy is safe :)

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doug said:

it turns out I could be wrong about that. This study shows that perhaps murder rates have only been falling because medicine has gotten so much better at making gunshot wounds survivable during that time.

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