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Created: January 10, 2006
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Message 6157:

My thought on this issue is a bit confusing, because I feel so against abortion, but at the same time I feel for the woman who has been raped. I believe they should have a choice on being able to abort. I strongly disagree with women who use this as a form of contraceptive; their are many clinics out there that offer free family planning, meaning one can get free birth control, so there is no excuse. A woman should take special interest in caring for her body, because in the end the woman suffers the consequences, and they are left with the decision of disposing of these little beings. Veronica Marquez


In bringing this message back to statistical interpretation, what you are saying, I think, Veronica, is that the need for an abortion cannot be decided by an alll-purpose measuring stick. We might say that such a simplistic way of measuring the need for abortion de-emphasizes the many complex factors that go into a woman's decision. Thus, if we make our response, OK or not OK, in a simplistic dualism, we neglect the deeper considerations of factors like rape, and may come up with a spurious relationship between pregnancy and the need for abortion. Severe poverty and the inability to support one's already existing family may also be important factors. This whole issue stresses the importance of measurement in statistics.
December 20, 2005

Message 5850:

I am having a hard time understanding that a doctor can really determine the type of pain you're experiencing by a measuring scale. I guess statistically that's how they determine the exact point of pain one is experiencing. I have a hard time understanding because when I had my son, the doctor kept on bringing up that scale from 1-10, and kept on asking me where my pain lay on that scale, and I was truly in horrible pain, so I kept on saying a number above 10 and the doctor was fixed on that scale. My argument is that one is experiencing unbearable pain, and of course, one will always say a number above 10, because to many the pain is unbearable, and they can't really determine how bad it is. It seems to me like one can't really sit there and look at a scale and determine what pain one is experiencing. Pain to me is not measurable. Veronica Marquez


Even though you have an excellent point, positivists are always going to go for measuring everything. The technical language you're looking for is that some of their measurements lack validity, maybe even face validity.
December 20, 2005


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