A research organization suggests the federal government needs a better plan if it wants any degree of accuracy on abortion numbers.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced yet another yearly drop in abortion, which initially sounds like exciting news from a pro-life standpoint. But according to Tessa Longbons of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the CDC does not get the information it needs, so those figures are incomplete and thus inaccurate.
"The states set their own reporting agenda, and the CDC sends each state a template of what the CDC would like the states to report," she explains. "But some states don't collect the information the CDC wants. Some states don't report any abortion data at all, so what the CDC ends up with can be very spotty an incomplete."
Longbons tells OneNewsNow the federal agency collects a lot of information from an organization that favors abortion.
"It has to rely on estimates from the Guttmacher Institute, and every few years the Institute releases a report with a series of yearly estimates that they put together themselves," the pro-lifer explains. "As of right now, those are the best estimates we have for national number."
Longbons says a bill has been introduced in the House that would create financial incentives for states to participate more fully in the abortion reporting system. While she does not think it will go anywhere, as the House is dominated by abortion-supporting Democrats, she adds that there is no way an administration can develop policy, pro-life or otherwise, without more accurate data.