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Does Snopes Deny Clear-Cut Science?

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A popular ‘fact-checking’ site recently posted that abortion was not the leading cause of death in 2018.

“A heartbreaking reminder about the prevalence of abortion, statistics compiled by Worldometers indicate that there were nearly 42 million abortions world-wide in 2018. The independent site collects data from governments and other reputable organizations and then reports the data, along with estimates and projections, based on those numbers” according to LifeSiteNews.

A Snopes article declared these statistics are “problematic” because it take a “political position” on the issue. The article claims that abortion should be viewed as a medical procedure as opposed to an induced death. According to the article, “Heather Boonstra, director of public policy for the reproductive health research organization Guttmacher Institute, told us:

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“Abortion is a legal, constitutionally protected medical procedure in the United States. It’s not considered a cause of death by CDC, WHO and other leading authorities, and statistics on induced abortion are excluded in the CDC’s national fetal-death statistics.”

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This statement from Boonstra is ‘problematic’. First, does the fact that abortion is legal make it morally acceptable? Slavery was also once legal in the United States. Second, she makes the claim that the CDC does not consider abortion to be a cause of death, yet abortion statistics are listened under “Morbidity and Morality Weekly Report” on the CDC website (see below).

Snopes also makes the argument that because the number of abortions per year has outweighed the number of deaths from diseases and other medical issues for many years, the claim that abortion is the leading cause of death is flawed.  Since it is annual reoccurring news and “not a new dynamic”, world-wide abortions should not be labeled as a cause of death, but rather a simple medical procedure.

Big League Politics reached out to Snopes to ask why they disagree with the universally accepted fact that a heartbeat constitutes life and the absence of a heartbeat equates death.  David Mikkelson of Snopes.com did not respond to inquiries.

Does rejecting the scientific proof that the presence of a heartbeat indicates life, make Snopes anti-science? You decide.

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San Francisco Dumps Environmentalism, Bans Reusable Bags at Grocery Stores During Coronavirus Pandemic

Environmentalism is thrown by the wayside during a crisis.

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The ultra left-wing city of San Francisco, Calif. is bailing on environmentalism during a time of great crisis, banning the use of reusable plastic bags at grocery stores temporarily due to concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health has issued an ordinance preventing city residents from taking reusable items into the public and using them in essential stores. They believe this will make it more difficult for germs to proliferate throughout the city.

“There is no effective treatment or cure yet for the disease, testing ability while improving remains constrained, and San Francisco’s health care system is at ongoing risk of being overwhelmed. For these reasons, it is imperative that San Francisco not only extend the duration of its stay at home order but also further limit essential activities and extend social distancing requirements outside the home,” the ordinance reads.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has not hesitated to shut down civil society in order to combat the spread of coronavirus. She has effectively tossed environmentalism to the wayside, showing that the frequent leftist bugaboo is not actually a pressing concern.

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“I can’t reiterate enough how important it is for all of us to continue to comply, for all of us to continue to be good citizens, to cooperate,” said Breed, who has issued lockdown edicts that last until at least May 3.

In 2007, San Francisco was the first city in America to ban the use of plastic shopping bags. The leftists on the Board of Supervisors enacted this prohibition to satisfy Mother Earth and potentially start a trend throughout the country.

“I am astounded and surprised by the worldwide attention,” Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi said at the time, according to the SFGate. “Hopefully, other cities and other states will follow suit.”

The grocery store lobby in the state came out against the regulation at the time, believing that it would accomplish little to help the environment and only serve to frustrate consumers.

“We’re disappointed that the Board of Supervisors is going down this path,” said Kristin Power, who worked as the vice president of government relations for the California Grocers Association.

“It will frustrate recycling efforts and will increase both consumer and retailer costs. There’s also a real concern about the availability and quality of compostable bags,” she added.

By instituting their emergency measures, San Francisco has demonstrated that environmental concerns are not particularly important in the grand scheme of things. These lofty goals are put on the back burner when a real crisis, such as the coronavirus panic, takes precedence.

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