Our pro-abort friends are all a-Twitter this morning about findings of a new study “that Google searches on ‘abortion’ rise in areas with more conservative abortion policies or where the procedure is less available,” as recounted by the Boston Herald.
The reason pro-aborts are recommending this reading is because of the authors’ conjecture why, again quoting BH:
“In places where abortion access is readily available, people can go to their mainstream health care providers,” [study co-author Dr. Ben] Reis suggested. In areas with more abortion searches, he said, “people may be going on the Internet to find alternate routes.”
In particular I found the 1st assumption ludicrous. Mothers seeking abortions in areas where they are easily accessed don’t need to look up the address of their local abortionist because they already know where to go? They don’t need to search for the phone number either? They either have it memorized or would rather walk, drive, or take a bus to the mill to make the appointment?
And the authors assume people look up the word “abortion” solely to do it? Reis’s co-author’s mind followed the same unimaginative, lemminged track in a press release:
“One possible explanation for these inverse relationships is that people with limited access to local abortion services are using the Internet to find providers outside their health system or outside their region, while people with more access are able to go through standard local healthcare channels to find an abortion provider,” [Dr. John] Brownstein said.
Question: Can you think of other reasons why people would google the word “abortion” in states fitting the authors’ criteria: “where fewer than 10% of counties had providers, and in those with a mandatory waiting period, mandatory counseling, mandatory parental notification for minors, or mandatory parental consent for minors”?
The authors provided an interesting graphic (click to enlarge)…