Let’s all go back several weeks, when conservatives began to wonder why the CDC had not yet published its 2010 Abortion Surveillance System report on U.S. abortion statistics.

Seems like there’s some funny business going on at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Let’s all go back several weeks, when conservatives began to wonder why the CDC had not yet published its 2010 Abortion Surveillance System report on U.S. abortion statistics.


For more than 40 years, the CDC had included that annual report in the issue of its journal, The Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report, that runs the week after Thanksgiving, but for some reason that didn’t happen this time.


Almost three weeks ago, the conservative political outfit RedState asked the CDC about the delay, and its press office responded that the CDC had no plans to make abortion statistics available any time soon.


Last week, however, the CDC announced that the report would be published on Feb. 25, and they said the delay was because of the need to obtain current population data for the report.


That explanation would be a plausible one, if not for the fact that the 2010 report was supposed to use 2007 population data — information that has been readily accessible for the past three years to anyone with Internet access.


Then, this week, Media Matters, a left-wing organization, obtained and published an inconvenient internal CDC memo that says the completed 2010 Abortion Surveillance System report “was submitted for review and editing on November 12.”


Whoops.


So, the report was ready to be edited in preparation for publication at the usual time, but the decision was made not to publish it without even an alert in the MMWR notifying readers of its non-appearance, let alone offering a reason for it.


When people started asking about it in January, the CDC at first said it had no plans to publish the report any time soon, but then said the report would come out later this month, blaming the delay on the unavailability of population data that in fact has been available for a good while.


I think one would have to be especially naive to think this was just a case of normal bureaucratic incompetence. More likely, someone at the CDC — or perhaps even someone higher up in President Barack Obama’s administration — didn’t want the 2010 abortion statistics report published.


The pro-abortion Alan Guttmacher Institute has already announced that the number of abortions has been climbing for the past two years or so, after slightly dropping each year for most of the preceding decade or more.


Did somebody try to suppress the CDC report because it would reinforce the Guttmacher findings that indicate the Obama administration is failing to address, as candidate Obama said he would, the supposed underlying causes leading women to kill their unborn children?


Maybe it’s nothing so calculated or complicated as all that. Perhaps it’s simply a reflection of the Obama administration’s strong pro-abortion stance.


If you think abortion isn’t the killing of a human person and isn’t a bad thing for women’s health, it would make no sense for you to publish a report on abortion in a weekly journal about human disease and death. As I observed last month in this column, support for abortion tends not to mesh very well with due governmental oversight of the abortion industry.


We can’t be sure of the reason for the CDC’s temporary suppression of the 2010 report, which is why it would be a good idea if Congress asked CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden some searching questions.


Community editor Jared Olar may be reached at jolar@pekintimes.com. The views expressed in this column are not necessarily those of the Pekin Daily Times.