Not Only Do the Babies Die

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Do you remember when we were told that making abortion legal would make it safe? Former abortionist, co-founder of NARAL, and current pro-life leader, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, confessed that he pulled the number of women who died from abortion out of a hat. NARAL claimed that there were "5,000 to 10,000 deaths a year" from illegal abortions. In fact the number of women of child-bearing age who died from all causes combined was about 50,000 per year.

There weren't that many total abortions being performed back then. In the early forties, sulfa drugs, penicillin and advanced techniques brought down the totals, whatever they were. Roe v. Wade had no impact on safety statistics, at least, in the beginning. The truth is that no one really knows how many people die each year through abortions. We have no real statistics. Death certificates are being forged to indicate other reasons for the deaths. Some certificates say, "pregnancy complications" rather than "abortion complica tions."

Life Dynamics, which is becoming the research arm of the pro-life movement has discovered and documented nine times as many deaths of mothers due to abortion as the official government statistics. (Despite the fact that Life Dynamics has only eight employees and a very small budget, while the government has 2 billion, 184 million tax dollars and six thousand employees.) And that's probably only a minute fraction of the total. Could it be that the government doesn't want us to know? Legal abortion has also numbed us to the fact that women are being maimed and left sterile in these "death camps". We need to alert our young women of the perils that lie ahead of then when they "choose" abortion.

From Herald for Life, volume 2 number 1, Copyright 2000.
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Posted 9 Sep 2000.

Copyright 2000 by Marion County (Ohio) Right to Life.
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