Increased health coverage decreases abortion rate

As abortion is once again an issue for debate in the current health care bill–does it or doesn’t it allow funding of abortions? I’d argue that the more relevant and useful question is whether or not it reduces abortions. Science, data, statistics, facts–whatever you want to call them–answer in the affirmative.

So let’s pass this bill and start bringing down the number and rate of abortions.

Please.

[Notwithstanding the fact that the bill very clearly doesn’t include federal funding of abortion. Sigh …]

Sobering numbers from Afghanistan and Iraq

Courtesy of Jen over at DISGRASIAN, a sobering look at some numbers.

911
The number of U.S. soldiers who have died in the war in Afghanistan.

2,266
The number of veterans under the age of 65 who died in 2008 because they were uninsured.

4,365
The number of U.S. soldiers who have died in the Iraq war.

4,434
The number of U.S. soldiers wounded in action in the war in Afghanistan.

31,557
The number of U.S. soldiers wounded in action in the Iraq war.

131,000
The number of homeless veterans in America.

425,000
The number of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans treated by the VA since 9/11.

3,300,000 (3.3 million)
The number of U.S. veterans who receive disability.

24,000,000 (24 million)
The number of veterans in America.

3,700,000,000 (3.7 billion)
The cost of the Veterans Health Care Bill seeking to expand mental health coverage for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans that has been blocked by one senator, Oklahoma’s Tom Coburn (R), since May because Coburn believes the funding doesn’t exist.

930,000,000,000 (930 billion)
The cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan thus far.

A little bit on human trafficking

There are an estimated 27 million people in modern day slavery around the world.

Between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year. Approximately 80% are women and girls. Up to 50% are minors.

Around 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the US from overseas and enslaved every year.

About the same number are murdered in the US every year, but while the national success rate for solving murders is about 70% (11,000), in 2006 only 111 were charged and only 98 were convicted, which is less than 1% of all human trafficking cases nationwide.

An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked every year.

[All info taken from the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report, apart from the last entry, which was from UNICEF UK Child Trafficking Information Sheet, January 2003.]