- Fudge up figures. For example:
'Dr Lennon pointed out that the Senate enquiry on RU486 reported (8/2/06) that Reproductive Choice Australia had many factual flaws in provided information on their website. The Senate enquiry also noted that many of its affiliate organisations had used this flawed information in their submissions.
The report identified what it described as "factually incorrect claims" by the RCA such as the adverse drug event rate for RU486 is very low at 0.137% and Claratyne (antihistamine) has an adverse drug event rate of 12% - over 87 times higher than mifepristone.
In correcting the misinformation by Reproductive Choice Australia, the Senate committee report stated comparing all reported adverse events for each drug would give a 96% rate for RU486 based on the US Clinical trials(2) which is 8 times higher than the 12 % adverse event rate for Claratyne. (Read more..)
- Forget evidence -- make this up as a civil rights issue. For example:
'Russo explained that the Christchurch study would have no effect on the APA's position because "to pro-choice advocates, mental health effects are not relevant to the legal context of arguments to restrict access to abortion."' That's Dr. Nancy Felipe Russo, asked to comment on the New Zealand study concluding that 'abortion was clearly linked to elevated rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicidal behavior.' (Read more...)
- Make up urban legends. For example:
'Dr Bernard Nathanson, joint founder of NARAL in the US (National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws) admitted when he changed his mind about abortion that the drive to legalise abortion was based on lies. He said: "We aroused enough sympathy to sell our program of permissive abortion by fabricating the number of illegal abortions done annually in the US. The actual figure was approaching 100,000 but the figure we gave to the media repeatedly was 1,000,000. Repeating the big lie often enough convinces the public. The number of women dying from illegal abortions was around 200-250 annually. The figure we constantly fed to the media was 10,000." (Bernard Nathanson, Confessions of an Ex-Abortionist)' (Read more... or view videos of interviews with Dr. Nathanson -- video requires a codec which I couldn't find)
Friday, February 17, 2006
Abortion Advocacy Tactics 101
I can't hope to cover every trick in the book, but here's a sampling: