The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that heart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women in the United States. But new research suggests that might not be true for minorities.
A recent University of North Carolina study found “voluntary infanticide,” better known as abortion, is the leading cause of death among African Americans and Hispanics.
Researchers argued the federal government doesn’t take abortions into account in its mortality statistics, something these scientists took issue with:
“The appropriate role of science is to inform this societal dialogue with objective information. 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.”
In their study, researchers compared the latest pregnancy, abortion, and death data recorded by the CDC, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), and the Guttmacher Institute in 2009, which painted a pretty stark picture.
Of the 3,589,163 deaths across all races and ethnicities, 61.1% were attributed to abortion among African Americans and 64% among Hispanics. Non-Hispanic Whites reportedly had an abortion death rate of 16.4%.
One of the co-authors of the study, James Studnicki, told Campus Reform that the study is one that is sorely needed in the academic community, even though it hasn’t been well-received:
“Abortion as a death is an inconvenient and uncomfortable truth for pro-abortion advocates.”
“The science/academic/public health communities overwhelmingly support legal abortion,” Studnicki added, “The academic community has greeted this research with profound silence because any debate about the paper would give it a higher visibility — and this is something that the majority of academic/science/public health ‘thought leaders’ want to avoid at all costs.”
Though abortion isn’t currently included in mortality statistics, Studnicki and his co-authors made it clear that excluding that information might be “the ultimate case of science denial.”