"784,507 abortions are tragic, but the five percent decrease in abortions is encouraging to those in the fight to protect the unborn."
"One death is a tragedy; 784,507 as a result of a 5% decrease is a statistic." (paraphrasing Stalin)
It's kind of like saying, "Oh, look! Last year I was up to my knees in manure; now the manure no longer covers my kneecap!" Either way, it's disgusting and sad.