Howard Dean on NBC News’ Meet the Press (5/22/05):
You know that abortions have gone up 25 percent since George Bush was President?
Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and scads of Democrats have told variations of this story – a contention that abortions have increased since George W. Bush took office in 2001. Most were smart enough to shy away from providing numbers or sources, but apparently Howard Dean didn’t get that memo.
Dean’s assertion was so emphatic that someone finally bothered to look into the the claim. FactCheck.org finds that Democrats claims (based on a single incomplete opinion piece) are patently false. Based on the best available data, as interpereted by the most respected provider of abortion statistics, abortions have actually decreased since 2001. They also find that Dean was pulling numbers out of his ass, presumably to make more room for his head…