Letter: Abortion dwarfs other causes of death in U.S.


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Posted Online: Jan. 10, 2013, 3:13 pm
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U.S. annual totals for various causes of death:

-- Assault (homicide) by discharge of firearms: 11,493;

-- Intentional self-harm (suicide) by discharge of firearms: 18,735

-- Total deaths by firearms: 30,228;

-- Motor vehicle accidents: 36,216;

-- Malignant neoplasms (cancers): 567,628;

-- Major cardiovascular diseases (heart disease): 780,624. (www.cdc.gov National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 60, No. 3, December 29, 2011 "Deaths: Final Data for 2009")

-- Induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures ("iatrogenic" causes): 225,000 (using figures only from the hospital setting).

Breakdown: 7,000: medication errors in hospitals; 12,000: unnecessary surgeries; 20,000: other errors in hospitals; 80,000: nosocomial infections in hospitals; 106,000: nonerror, adverse effects of medications. (Journal of the AMA, July 26, 2000 "Is U.S. Health Really the Best in the World?" by Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH)

Excerpt: "The fact is that the U.S. population does not have anywhere near the best health in the world. Of 13 countries in a recent comparison, the United States ranks an average of 12th for 16 available health indicators." The total number of iatrogenic deaths, including statistics from the hospital and outpatient settings, has been estimated at 783,936.

-- Abortions: 1,210,000 in 2007 (www.census.gov Search for "abortion".)
Hippocratic oath excerpt:

"I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice. I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy."

Nancy Brandt,
Andover

















 



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