24 Years of Abortion on Demand Based on Lies

by Janet Folger

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From its beginnings in Roe v. Wade, the campaign to legalize abortion in this country has been based on lies.

Norma McCorvey, the "Roe" of Roe v. Wade admitted she lied about being gang raped -- a lie on which the Supreme Court based their decision, and the lie that led many people to accept the legality of abortion. Norma McCorvey is now 100 percent pro-life.

Doe v. Bolton, the companion decision to Roe v. Wade, is also based on a lie. Sandra Cano, the "Doe" of Doe v. Bolton, never wanted an abortion as the case claimed. She was pregnant with her fourth child and desperately trying to get her other three children out of foster care when pro-abortion attomeys offered to help her on the condition that she would allow them to use her case to try to overtum Georgia's abortion law. She made it clear that she had no intention of having an abortion and ran away to avoid keeping an abortion appointment arranged for by her lawyers. She never knew until 1988, that the case in which she was used as "Mary Doe" essentially tied up the loopholes in Roe, making it virtually impossible for states to prohibit abortion, even in the last three months of pregnancy, if the mother's life or "health" was endangered. "Health" was defined by the court as "physical, emotional, psychological, familial and the woman's age -- relevant to the well being of the patient". (Doe v. Bolton, U.S. Supreme Court No. 70-40, iv, p.113,January 1973.)

Bemard Nathanson, the founder of the the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), also admitted he lied about the number of women who died from illegal abortions in order to repeal this country's pro-life laws: "We spoke of 5,000-10,000 deaths a year ... I confess that I knew the figures were totally false ... it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics?" Bemard Nathanson, who once operated the nation's largest abortion clinic in New York, is now 100% pro-life.

Planned Parenthood and abortion proponents lied about the scientific fact that abortion takes the life of a human being. For years abortion proponents have said that "no one really knows" if we're talking about a child in the womb. Yet in 1965, Planned Parenthood published a pamphlet which stated: "An abortion kills the life of a baby after it has begun." Planned Parenthood went on to operate the nation's largest chain of abortion clinics, yet admitted the truth again during a weak moment on the Phil Donahue show, when former director, Faye Wattleton responded to the statement: "It's not a frog or a ferret that's being killed. It's a baby," with "I am fully aware of that. I am fully aware of that." (Donahue Transcript # 3288, 1991)

Now, the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League and Planned Parenthood (as well as other pro-partial-birth abortion groups) are struggling with how to continue to propagate the lie that partial-birth abortions are "rare" and done primarily on babies with "extreme fetal abnormalities," despite the fact that abortion clinic spokesman Ron Fitzsimmons admitted that he "lied through his teeth" when he said it.

The admission of Fitzsimmons of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers -- that partial-birth abortions are perfommed up to 5000 times a year primarily on healthy babies and healthy mothers -- coincides with what we have said all along.

You can feel proud that Ohio led the way in this debate which, for perhaps the first time, gave the general public a glimpse of the brutal reality of abortion. Now, they are also getting a glimpse of the credibility of some of the groups which promote it.

Janet Folger is the Legislative Affairs Director for Ohio Right to Life.
Posted 5 Sep 2000.

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