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If abortion is made illegal, more women will NOT die.

Written by Maria O'Connor on | March 17, 2008 | No Comments

What do you say to people who argue that illegal abortion will cause more deaths among women? The answer is here

A common argument from pro-abortion activists is that women will die by the thousands if abortion is made illegal. In the 1960s, the argument was used to prompt the legalization of abortion. It is still used today.

The evidence against this myth actually comes from PRO-abortionists. Former director of Planned Parenthood gave information to the contrary in 1960:

“Abortion is no longer a dangerous procedure. This applies not just to therapeutic abortions as performed in hospitals but also to so-called illegal abortions as done by physician. In 1957 there were only 260 deaths in the whole country attributed to abortions of any kind…Second, and even more important, the conference [on abortion sponsored by Planned Parenthood] estimated that 90 percent of all illegal abortions are presently being done by physicians…Whatever trouble arises usually arises from self-induced abortions, which comprise approximately 8 percent, or with the very small percentage that go to some kind of non-medical abortionist…So remember…abortion, whether therapeutic or illegal, is in the main no longer dangerous, because it is being done well by physicians.”

Imagine the response! Someone for legal abortion was saying that it wouldn’t make a difference! If abortion is made illegal, women will still find physicians that will cater to their wants and perform abortions. There’s no need for the back-alley dangers that are suggested.

Dr. Bernard Nathanson, former director of NARAL (the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League) now speaks against abortion. In 1979, Nathanson wrote a book, Aborting America, in which he wrote:

How many deaths were we talking about when abortion was illegal? In NARAL, we generally emphasized the frame of the individual case, not the mass statistics, but when we spoke of the latter it was always 5,000 to 10,000 deaths a year. I confess that I knew that the figures were totally false and I suppose that others did too if they stopped to think of it. But in the ‘morality’ of our revolution, it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics? The overriding concern was to get the laws eliminated, and anything within reason that had to be done was permissible.”

Proof that the “thousands of deaths” are nothing more than a desperate scare tactic.
In 1972, the year before the Roe vs. Wade decision, the CDC reported ONLY 39 maternal deaths from illegal abortion. 39? That is a vast difference from the alleged 5,000-10,000.

 One could argue that abortions are more dangerous now that they are legal. Think about this:

How can there be any real safety in an environment where the main concern is to perform as many abortions as possible in order to increase the abortionist’s profit margin?

Abortionists want money. Abortions are their job, their way to get money. Can we honestly expect them to take precious time to go through every safety precedure if they are protected by law? The answer to that, quite simply, is no. Legalized abortion does not protect women. It does the opposite.


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