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Daily Mail splash on abortions slammed


11:50 am - May 14th 2012

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Unity explains the £1m figure is bogus:

This is an issue I looked at in some detail last year and back then I found that even with government incorrectly including the costs on non-elective procedures in theeir figures they still managed to come up with an average cost per abortion of £680, which would give an annual cost of £43.7 million for ‘repeat’ abortions if you don’t try and fiddle the figures, and when I re-did the figure using the government’s own calculation methods, but excluding non-elective procedures, the average cost per abortion came down to just £580 per abortion, giving an annual cost for ‘repeat abortions’ of just £37.3 million.

Even that lower figure may be an overestimate as I used a base cost of £494, extrapolated from figures given in BPAS’s accounts, only to discover some months later that BPAS actually charges the NHS around £420 per abortion. Based on that last figure, the average cost per abortion comes down to around £515 with an annual cost for ‘repeat abortions’ of £33-34 million a year.

On a claimed figure of £44.2 million a year for England and Wales, the Daily Mail’s figures are out by anywhere from £6-10 million a year.

Sarah Ditum also points out the Daily Mail’s confusion:

The Mail is keen for there to be more unmarried mothers. Don’t look so staggered, it’s on today’s front page. “NHS spends £1m a week on repeat abortions: Single women using terminations ‘as another form of contraceptive’”, the headline wails, and the body copy adds plaintively, “According to the statistics, single or unmarried women account for five out of every six repeat terminations.” There’s only one implication I can see: the Mail thinks abortion should be available exclusively to those with a ring on their finger.

Which would leave those women who aren’t married to carry their unwanted pregnancies to term, which would finally bring an end to the nuclear family and induce the matrilineal society that the crypo-Marxist Daily Mail has always wanted! Hang on, that isn’t what the Daily Mail has always wanted at all, is it? There’s something rum going on here.

Could the Daily Mail get any more ridiculous? Don’t answer that…

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1. Chaise Guevara

Ever since I saw the “All New Jobs Go To Immigrants” headline, I’ve taken it on trust that any statistic printed in the Mail is a lie. Tends to save time.

Chaise:

In this case, ‘not even wrong’ is the correct appellation…

http://www.ministryoftruth.me.uk/2012/05/14/nhs-does-not-spend-1m-a-week-on-repeat-abortions/

3. MarkAustin

I’ve always assumed that the Daily Mail is lying: Michael Foot always referred to it as the “Forgers Gazette”, and i think that sums it up.

Daily Mail lies is a “dog bites man” story.

Another one of those headlines that you know on reading will not be backed up be evidence. Next week we’ll probably have the same headline but replacing repeat abortions with one of immigrants/disabled/benefits scroungers.

The DM agenda is to print something which fits in with their agenda, even if it’s exaggeration or downright lies. If they get away with it, great. It becomes the truth. If they then have to issue a correction, or even an apology, it will be 6.5pt on page 97 where no-one will see it. And even if they do see it, they will still believe the lies, in fact stats show that they will believe it even more after the real facts come out. ‘Ah well, no smoke without fire’ and ‘but is that really true, I’m sure all immigrants DO get a free mobile phone on arrival at Heathrow – I read it somewhere’.
Damage is done by then. I doubt the hacks there actually believe half of the rubbish they print but they know that it has the right effect on the readership.


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