Ridiculous Rick Perry Claims Abortion is America’s Second Most Common Surgical Procedure

Rick_Perry_two_fingersJust when you think Rick Perry couldn’t possibly say anything more outlandish and inaccurate—he opens his mouth once again.

In one of his most recent statements, he claimed abortions are the second most common surgical procedure in the United States.

Which, of course, is completely baseless and inaccurate.  In fact, there’s nothing that exists which would even come close to quantifying  this claim with any kind of real legitimacy.  Maybe if you only compared 2 surgical procedures, one being heart procedures and the other being abortions, then abortions would be second.

Either Rick Perry blatantly lied or he’s so misinformed that his competency should be questioned, for someone of supposed sound mind to believe that abortions would be the second most common surgical procedure.

And if he believes that outrageously fabricated piece of statistical information, doesn’t that then lead us to think that his entire stance on women’s health and abortions should be put into question?

After all, if someone believes abortions are the second most commonly performed surgical procedure, which is not even remotely close to being accurate, wouldn’t that mean their stance on any abortion related legislation was formed based on grossly miscalculated data?

I mean come on…

First, it’s debatable to even call having an abortion a surgical procedure.  Second, about 17%, or nearly 1 in 5, of them are done by pill.  And third, there are about 45 million inpatient surgical procedures done per year while there are only 1.2 million abortions performed.

Using those numbers, and if you considered every abortion a surgical procedure, 2.7% of all “surgical procedures” would be abortions.

This doesn’t take a PhD to figure out—it doesn’t even take a great deal of common sense.  Do some people really think abortions are so common that they rank second in performed surgical procedures in this country?

And if they believe this, what in the world are these people doing in charge of any kind of legislation which involves a woman’s health—hell, anyone’s health.

It’s terrifying to me that a man like Governor Perry sits there on his pulpit, preaching to others what is or isn’t moral, what is or isn’t right—yet he’s so delusional about the frequency of abortion that he believes they’re happening at a rate some 400-500% more than they actually are.

And even if you say that Perry misspoke and meant that abortions are the second most common surgical procedure for women, it would be a ridiculous stretch.  One would then have to assume that the majority of the other 97.3% of surgeries are done to men when over 50% of the population is female.

So when you take into account all facts, all information, logic and the most basic of common sense—Rick Perry either lied or when it comes to abortions he’s a complete idiot.

There’s simply no way any logical person in this country, who put one single ounce of thought into this topic whatsoever, could believe that abortions are the second most common surgical procedure in this country.

And anyone who would believe that sure as heck doesn’t have any business passing legislation which dictates women’s health, their right to choose or abortions.

Because they don’t have a clue what it is they’re talking about.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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