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Think 10K women died from illegal abortions before Roe? Think again

The claim that legal abortion is safe for women is a lie.
Thu Oct 18, 2018 - 4:55 pm EST
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October 18, 2018 (Life Issues Institute) – In the wake of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, pro-abortion activists and politicians are doubling down on their radical support for abortion on demand until the moment of birth.

They're in the minority. Most Americans support compassionate protections for unborn children and their mothers – especially a limit on abortion after five months, more than halfway through pregnancy. Pro-abortion activists respond to this with their tired, old militant lie: The only way to keep abortion safe is to keep abortion legal throughout pregnancy.

My mother taught me that when you say something you know is untrue, you're lying.

Abortion advocates – both before and after its legalization – have claimed the annual death toll of women who had illegal back-alley abortions before Roe v. Wade was between 5,000 and 10,000.

This is simply a lie. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Vital Statistics and Centers for Disease Control found that 39 women died from illegal abortions in 1972, the year before Roe. Every death was a tragic loss, but that number is far from the wild claims of extreme abortion advocates.

Bernard Nathanson, the former abortionist who ran the largest abortion center in the Western Hemisphere and co-founded NARAL, later came clean in his book, Aborting America.

He "knew the figures were totally false" and said that many leading pro-abortion activists were well aware of the untruth of those numbers. "But in the 'morality' of our revolution," he wrote, "it was a useful figure, widely accepted so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics?"

The claim that legal abortion is safe for women is also a lie. The truth is that women were far safer prior to legal abortion, which has been a death sentence not only for babies but for some of their mothers too. Hundreds of women who died from complications due to legal abortion and thousands more who have been maimed and suffered serious internal injuries from botched abortions have been documented.

And these are just the tip of the iceberg.

Operation Rescue, a pro-life organization headquartered in Kansas, reports on the devastation caused by legal abortion and specializes in uncovering numerous unreported medical emergencies at abortion facilities nationwide.

Just last week, they discovered that an ambulance transported a woman to a local hospital who was experiencing hemorrhaging due to a botched abortion from a West Palm Beach mill. This same facility was referred to the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives two years ago for illegally selling aborted baby body parts for monetary gain.

Operation Rescue also recently received incident reports on an abortion facility in Charlotte, North Carolina showing that ambulances were called 15 separate times due to onsite medical emergencies. Even worse, in 2016, Diamond Williams lost her life due to a botched abortion at the same facility.

Earlier this year, they covered the trial of the abortionist Robert Rho, who pleaded guilty to killing young Jamie Morales during a botched second-trimester abortion at a New York abortion mill. Rho is currently serving 16 months to four years for criminally negligent homicide.

Another unreported story was the February 2017 death of Keisha Atkins, who was killed when a late-term abortion performed by Curtis Boyd went bad. Two of Boyd's Albuquerque, New Mexico-based abortion mills are currently under investigation by the Department of Justice for working to increase second- and third-trimester abortions to sell aborted baby body parts.

Though the autopsy report concluded Keisha's pregnancy caused her death, a closer look at the case revealed a botched abortion was the culprit: a "septic infection" along with the fact "she carried her dead baby for four days after Boyd initiated his or her death in the womb."

These are just a few of the thousands of stories of women who have been hurt by the legal abortion industry. Contrary to the pro-abortion narrative, the dangerous back-alley days of abortion are happening right now.

All they did was change the location of the door from the back-alley to the street.

Legal abortion isn't safe abortion. It's literally a killer of babies and their moms. You can learn more about the threat legal abortion poses to women at our website. For the sake of women and their babies, Life Issues Institute will continue to work toward making abortion a horrific relic of the past.

Published with permission from the Life Issues Institute.


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