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History of legal abortion prior to Roe

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Legal abortion equals more abortion, and America’s history is proof of this

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Prior to the 1973 Roe v. Wade court decision, each state had its own abortion laws. Many had laws on the books banning it completely, but others legalized it in some form well before 1973. Roe didn’t become Roe overnight. We can trace its roots back more than a decade prior. And as is usually the case with abortion, once an inch is given, so to speak, those in favor of it tend take a mile. Here’s where it began:

1959: American Law Institute passes model penal code to liberalize abortion, the basis for Roe v. Wade

In 1959, the American Law Institute (A.L.I.), an organization of American lawyers and other elite members of the judiciary, whose mission was the reform of American law, proposed that therapeutic abortions should be legal. Although the first draft of the Model Penal Code to liberalize abortion was released on May 21, 1959, the final version was issued in 1962.

Image: American Law Institute-ALI model penal code on abortion (Image: CDC)

American Law Institute-ALI model penal code on abortion (Image: CDC)

The law proposed that “[a] licensed physician is justified in terminating a pregnancy if he believes there is a substantial risk:

(1) When continuation of pregnancy would gravely impair the physical and mental health of the mother; or

(2) When the child might be born with grave physical or mental defect; or

(3) When the pregnancy resulted from rape, incest, or other felonious intercourse.”

American Law Institute, Model Penal Code on Abortion (Image: Chicago Tribune, 1966)

The ALI’s Model Penal Code was the premise of the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade. At that time a large percentage of states allowed abortion only when the woman’s life was endangered. By 1967, three states had liberalized it; according to Time.com, by 1968, four of five states—Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia and Maryland, had authorized it “if the child is likely to be born defective,” but “California did not sanction this ground because Governor Ronald Reagan threatened to veto any bill that included it.”

READ: Not just Nazis: The grisly history of research on abortion survivors

According to the Washington Post, “Through the mid-1960s, 44 states outlawed abortion in nearly all situations that did not threaten the life or health of the mother.”

In 1966, abortion was still illegal in all fifty states, according to Dr. and Mrs. John C. Willke. However, in 1966, Mississippi altered its existing law by adding rape as an indication for a hospital abortion, according to the CDC’s first abortion surveillance report in 1969. And, according to National Right To Life’s timeline, in 1954, Alabama permitted abortions for the mother’s physical health.

According to Dr. Willke, “The Bureau of Vital Statistics reported only 160 mothers had died from abortion in 1966 in the entire USA.”

1973: Abortion legalized nationwide by Supreme Court, with more than 600,000 abortions 

In 1969, the CDC estimates that there were 22,670 abortions. As more states began to legalize it, the numbers climbed dramatically. By 1970, the CDC reported 193,491, and the list went on:

1971: 485,816
1972: 586,760
1973: 615,831

After the U.S. Supreme Court decided to legalize abortion nationwide by a 7 to 2 decision in Roe v. Wade, the CDC Abortion Surveillance report from 1973 indicates that a total of 615,831 legal procedures were reported from 50 states and the District of Columbia and New York City.

Image: Abortions reported to CDC prior to 1973

Abortions reported to CDC prior to 1973

 

Alan F. Guttmacher, MD, who served as Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s president from 1962–1974, responded to the ruling by stating, “I think that to raise the dignity of woman and give her freedom of choice in this area is an extraordinary event. I think that Jan 22, 1973, will be a historic day.”

According to the CDC, in ten states, abortions outnumbered live births among teens 15 years and younger.

By race, the numbers broke down as follows:

  • 67.7% were white
  • 25.7% were Black or other races
  • 6.6% reported race was unknown

At the time the initial report was filed, the CDC reported that 51 deaths related to legal, illegal, and spontaneous abortions had been reported in 1973, and 71 in 1972. However, those reports were eventually updated.

READ: These Black leaders in history viewed abortion as Black genocide

In this table from the CDC report (shown below), 39 women died from illegal abortion in 1972, and 19 in 1973 while 24 died from legal abortion in 1972 and 25 died in 1973.

CDC Abortion deaths 1972 to 1990

Live Action News has previously documented how the abortion lobby falsely claimed that hundreds of thousands of women died annually from illegal terminations, in a deliberate effort to push abortion on the nation. Standing in stark contrast to this is the breakdown of the estimated numbers going back to 1930. Clearly, the claims that hundreds of thousands of women were dying was a complete falsehood — and Dr. Bernard Nathanson, founder of NARAL, later admitted as much:

Image: Illegal Abortion Deaths according to various sources, 1930 to 1979 – updated (Graph credit: Live Action News)

Illegal Abortion Deaths according to various sources, 1930 to 1979 – updated (Graph credit: Live Action News)

Roe v. Wade was filed by Norma McCorvey, known as ‘Roe,’ and was argued by Sarah Weddington. McCorvey would later admit that the claim that she had become pregnant through rape was fabricated. In fact, McCorvey’s child was never aborted. Her baby was born while the case was still being argued and she ultimately placed her child for adoption.

McCorvey became a staunch pro-life advocate and later expressed sorrow for her participation in the infamous court decision, working to overturn the case up until her passing in February of 2017 at the age of 69.

Click here for more details on state legalization prior to Roe.

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

TN media spins Planned Parenthood’s lack of prenatal care services

Posted in Abortion stats, Abortionist, FQHC, HRSA, Planned Parenthood abortionist, Planned Parenthood Employee, Planned Parenthood Prenatal, Planned Parenthood services, State Abortion Stats with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2017 by saynsumthn

It is beyond amazing how the nation’s largest abortion corporation Planned Parenthood will mislead the public about the services they provide, all while the media is willingly complicit in their deceptions, by spinning the facts about prenatal care and other services.  The latest example can be seen in a Tennessee media outlet, which compares prenatal care to “vaginal infections.”

Lest you have the same puzzled reaction as I did, I will explain – or attempt to.

One of the more well-known examples of how Planned Parenthood has lied to the media and the public about its services is the false claim and out-right lie that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms. This myth was debunked despite the efforts of complicit media outlets, which allowed Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards and other staffers and supporters to repeat the falsehood without question or a single challenge to Planned Parenthood’s alleged facts. Here is the truth, from Richards’ own lips:

Once Planned Parenthood was caught red-handed in the lie, they had to figure out a way to leverage the marketing benefits that their false claim provided them. To do this, Planned Parenthood directed media supporters to incidents where it provided a breast exam which resulted in a patient seeking a mammogram that was never offered by Planned Parenthood to begin with.

And, of course, the media continues to comply, spinning the lack of mammograms to favor Planned Parenthood.

Yet nowhere else in the media’s disillusioned minds would they consider touting report after report on a single OB/GYN or nurse practitioner’s office which saved lives by giving breast exams, without one cent of government money. Nope, only for Planned Parenthood.

Now, a media outlet in Tennessee has done a similar sleight of hand trick regarding prenatal care at Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis.

BACKGROUND:

Nationally, the abortion giant has insisted over and again that prenatal care is one of its core services that women will lose if taxpayer funding is cut off.

That is, until this false claim was debunked by a Live Action investigation:

Live Action’s undercover footage (above) was so embarrassing for Planned Parenthood that the organization had to purge the term “prenatal” from the top portion of its website.

Despite this, politicians – and yes, media promoters – still make the false claim that prenatal care is a primary service of the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Despite the media’s willful blindness and apparent inability to research, it does seem logical that an organization claiming to specialize in “women’s health care” would, at the very least, offer prenatal care. But this is not the case with Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood’s latest 2015-2016 report shows that nationally, prenatal care services dropped nearly 46 percent in a single year (from 17,419 to 9,419).

Even more damning, the 2015 numbers also reveal that prenatal care at the abortion corporation has decreased nearly 70 percent since 2010, when prenatal services numbered 31,098.

TENNESSEE:

Journalist , who writes for  CommercialAppeal.com, recently published an article that included an interview with Sarah Wallett, medical director of Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis.

Weathersbee begins her report by stating that the Planned Parenthood abortionist was “lured” into her profession because of her “faith,” quoting Wallett as saying:

Becoming a doctor was a way of living out my faith, of taking care of people who needed me … and women were specifically who I saw as needing me.

Wallett moved to Tennessee from Kentucky. She prides herself in providing abortions, as the video below shows:

Weathersbee focused her story on an alleged OB/GYN shortage in the area. So, of course, any good journalist knows that if the topic is legitimate physician shortages, you should go running to the nation’s largest abortion corporation — not a birthing center or a hospital or another physician who actually delivers babies — for a statement… right?

In what appears to be a creative way to spin the fact that Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis doesn’t offer any prenatal care services,  writes the following:

While Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide prenatal care, the gynecological examinations that Wallett provides have helped women detect vaginal infections, some of which can lead to premature births and miscarriages.

Despite admitting that the Memphis Planned Parenthood facilities do not provide prenatal care services, the journalist points out how important prenatal care is, adding:

For one thing, Shelby County has made significant progress in tamping down its infant mortality rate. Since 2006, that rate has dropped from 13.8 percent per 1,000 live births in 2006 to 8.2 percent in 2015.

That improvement came, in no small part, because the county pushed earlier prenatal care and emphasis on maternal health.

So, let’s recap. Prenatal care is important, Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide the service, yet this qualifies them to be interviewed for Weathersbee’s story.

Confused? So am I.

In order to help Weathersbee see how ridiculous her decision to include Planned Parenthood is, Live Action News has done a little bit of research of our own in order to investigate just what Planned Parenthood provides in the state.

PATIENTS: 

If you examine the 2016 annual report for Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis, (which serves 42 counties in Tennessee), you learn that the facility saw 7,729 patients in 2016 and 7,191 in 2015.  And, according to its website, it currently sees 14,561 patients in the entire state.

In contrast, Tennessee federal health centers – which are listed under the Health Resources Services Administration’s website (HRSA) and which offer a vast array of health services – saw 369,445 patients in 2015 alone.

Federal health centers under HRSA served 5,460 prenatal patients as well, while Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis served zero.

Despite  spin, nationally, Planned Parenthood’s most recent prenatal services numbers are abysmal, dropping nearly 46 percent in a single year, and 70 percent since 2010, as I’ve already mentioned.

CANCER SCREENINGS:

According to the Planned Parenthood website mentioned above, Planned Parenthood offered 2,552 cancer screenings statewide.

Tennessee federal health centers under HRSA were able to provide 174,000 cervical cancer screenings.

BREAST EXAMS: 

In 2016, breast exams at Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis decreased nearly 16 percent (1,060 in 2015 to 893).

This trend follows national decreases which show that according to Planned Parenthood’s most recently published report, breast exams at the abortion corporation declined nearly 12 percent in one year, from 363,803 in 2014-2015 to 321,700 in 2015.

In addition, between 2004 and 2015-2016, breast exams at Planned Parenthood declined nationally by more than 65 percent (925,763 to 321,700).

ABORTIONS:

In 2015, Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis performed 3,313 abortions (medical and surgical) out of the 9,113 induced termination of pregnancy reports made to the state, (the most recent report available). Numbers from 2016 reveal that Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis’s abortion numbers were lower, at 2,383.

CONTRACEPTIVE CARE: 

Contraceptive care Planned Parenthood Tennessee vs FQHC

An analysis conducted by Planned Parenthood’s former “special affiliate,” the Guttmacher Institute, compared Federally Qualified Health Center sites (FQHC) to Planned Parenthood centers in areas that offered publicly funded contraception care for 2015. What they found doesn’t look so good.

In counties that offered publicly funded contraception care:

  • Only 4 out of 95 TN counties had at least one Planned Parenthood.
  • 66 counties had at least one FQHC site.
  • 91 counties didn’t have a single Planned Parenthood.

In addition:

  • Planned Parenthood served fewer contraception clients in one-fourth of the TN counties where they had a Planned Parenthood facility.
  • Only 1.5 percent (4 out of 262) of TN’s publicly funded family planning facilities were Planned Parenthood facilities, which served just 6 percent of contraception clients. FQHC sites served 16 percent.

FACILITIES:

At the time of this report, Planned Parenthood was operating only 4 centers in Tennessee.

However, according to the Rural Health Information Hub website, there are 112 Rural Health Clinics in Tennessee and 29 Federally Qualified Health Centers which provide services at 179 sites in the state. These centers offer a vast array of primary care services for women, unlike Planned Parenthood.

The numbers show how few services Planned Parenthood provides in Tennessee compared to other federally funded health centers.

This should cause journalists like Weathersbee to take note. But instead of focusing on health centers in Tennessee that actually help residents receive vital health care services, Weathersbee, like other media supporters of the abortion corporation, fixated on Planned Parenthood.

The public deserves to know the facts. After all, they send hundreds of thousands of dollars of government grant money to Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis each year.

And, as Live Action News has previously documented, in the past ten years, services nationally at Planned Parenthood decreased while government funds increased more than 81 percent ($305.3 million in 2005 to $554.6 million in 2015).  These increased tax dollars did not result in vital health services, but instead led to Planned Parenthood’s cornering of nearly 35 percent of the U.S. abortion market in the United States. That’s more than 320,000 abortions annually – 900 per day, one every 96 seconds.

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Why did Senator Susan Collins vote to continue funding Planned Parenthood?

Posted in Defund Planned Parenthood, FQHC, HRSA, Planned Parenthood abortion numbers, Planned Parenthood politicians, Planned Parenthood Prenatal, Planned Parenthood services, State Abortion Stats with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2017 by saynsumthn

Why did Senator Susan Collins vote to continue funding Planned Parenthood, when its health care services have been plummeting for a decade?

Two Republican Senators, Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R- Maine), are being credited with halting a Congressional effort to defund the nation’s largest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood. In a previous post, Live Action News documented Sen. Murkowski’s inaccurate claim that Planned Parenthood is a health care agency worthy of taxpayer funds. In this post, we will examine whether the activities of Planned Parenthood in Sen. Collins’ state of Maine live up to her statements defending the organization.

Maine Senator Susan Collins defends Planned Parenthood

In 2015, following the release of the Center for Medical Progress’s undercover videos of Planned Parenthood representatives haggling over prices for aborted baby body parts, Sen. Collins introduced a measure to investigate Planned Parenthood’s practices. At the time, she said:

I was sickened when I viewed the recently released videos featuring Planned Parenthood physicians… the callousness with which Planned Parenthood employees discuss the sale of fetal tissue is appalling. It deserves our attention. The videos also raise valid questions about the ethics and legality of Planned Parenthood’s practices in some of it’s clinics…. As a result I believe a full investigation is warranted to determine whether or not Planned Parenthood broke the law prohibiting the sale of fetal tissue….

But despite the Maine senator’s apparent outrage, Collins gave a clear signal just prior to the recent Senate vote on the ObamaCare repeal that she was hesitant to defund Planned Parenthood for one year. She told ABC News, “I think it’s not fair and it is a mistake to defund Planned Parenthood. It’s one of many issues.”

After her vote against the “Skinny Repeal,” Sen. Collins pointed to Planned Parenthood as an alleged health care organization:

The issue of family planning services, cancer screenings, and women care probably does resonate with us more than it does with our male colleagues, and to me it was so unfair to single out one Medicaid provider and say to women in particular, “You can’t choose which health care provider you want to go to.”

The problem is that Planned Parenthood only masquerades as a health care provider, and the facts show that Planned Parenthood is not the best choice for Maine citizens.

GOP Senators Collins and Murkowski are just two in a long line of politicians that Planned Parenthood has paraded out to repeat its deceptive talking points on services it either does not provide or on services that have been declining for years, as Live Action has exposed in the video below:

While Planned Parenthood is focused on abortion, federal health centers, (which outnumber Planned Parenthood by the thousands nationally) offer a wider range of services.

Facilities:

Planned Parenthood operates four facilities in Maine, including one of the largest abortion facilities in the state.

In contrast, according to the Rural Health Info Hub, there are 40 Rural Health Clinics and 18 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) providing services at 123 sites in Maine. These centers offer a wide range of health care services for men, women and children.

Patients:

According to statistics published on Planned Parenthood’s website, the organization saw a total of 8,745 clients in Maine, a decrease of over 35 percent since 2006, when Planned Parenthood recorded 13,548 clients.

In contrast, the latest published data on the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) website, federal health centers served 187,269 patients in 2015. This was an increase of 13 percent from 2008, when Maine health centers served 165,458 patients.

Abortions:

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) operates facilities in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

Statistics published by the Guttmacher Institute reveal that between 2011 and 2014, the abortion rate decreased in two of the three states in which PPNNE operates facilities:

  • 4 percent decline in Maine
  • 3 percent increase in Vermont
  • 19 percent decline in New Hampshire

PPNNE Services 2011 and 2015

Yet, despite an abortion decline in Maine and New Hampshire, state reports from PPNNE show that abortion, as a percentage of services, is increasing. According to documents on file with PPNNE, abortions in those three states increased from 2 percent of PPNNE’s services in 2011to 6 percent of services in 2015.

Breast Exams and Pap Tests:

In 2015, PPPNE performed a total of 4,250 Pap tests in all three states. This is a decline of nearly 81 percentfrom 2006, when PPPNE reported 22,127 Pap tests in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont combined.

Breast exams have also decreased at PPNNE, dropping 21 percent from 8,000 in 2013 to 6,311 in 2015. A closer look at Planned Parenthood’s website reveals that in Maine, Planned Parenthood provided 2,531 total cancer screenings.

In contrast, statistics published on the HRSA website for 2015 (the latest published numbers) reveal that 59.4 percent of the almost 190,000 patients who visited federal health centers in Maine received cervical cancer screenings alone.

Contraception: 

An analysis conducted by Planned Parenthood’s former “special affiliate,” the Guttmacher Institute, which reviewed Maine’s Planned Parenthood centers (PP), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and Title X facilities for 2015, revealed:

  • 3 out of 16 counties providing publicly funded contraception care in Maine had at least one Planned Parenthood center.
  • All 16 counties had at least one FQHC site providing contraception services.
  • There were no Planned Parenthood centers located in 13 of the 16 counties.
  • Almost 4 percent (4 out of 106) of publicly funded family planning centers were Planned Parenthood centers.
  • Planned Parenthood served 28 percent of contraception clients while FQHC sites served slightly less, at 27 percent.

FQHC vs. Planned Parenthood in Maine Contraception Care

State and federal taxpayers have been forced to send $3,381,528 to PPNNE despite the organization’s decrease in services. This number has remained fairly consistent for the past several years. As of 2015, these tax dollars now make up 14 percent of the affiliate’s annual budget.

Audited financial reports published by PPNNE reveal that despite the millions of tax dollars it receives every year, PPNNE’s net assets totaled $12,604,134 in 2015 and $13,471,397 in 2016, proving that it does not need government dollars.

Nationally, an analysis by Live Action News proves that FQHCs are far more worthy of tax money than Planned Parenthood. And they can handle Planned Parenthood’s patients if and when the abortion corporation is defunded.

Data from Planned Parenthood’s annual reports reveal that nationally, services such as contraception, prenatal care, breast exams, and pregnancy tests have decreased. In fact, the reports show that Planned Parenthood has lost over half a million (661,000) patients in the past ten years.

What has increased at Planned Parenthood nationally? Abortion — rising nearly 24 percent from 264,943 in 2005 to 328,348 in 2015. This means that today, Planned Parenthood garners nearly 35 percent of the abortion market share in the country, ending the lives of 900 precious preborn children every day.

Despite the decreases in services and increases in abortions, in the past ten years, taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood has nearly doubled from $305.3 million in 2005 to $554.6 million in 2015.

This cash flow enabled Planned Parenthood to end its year with an excess of $77.5 million in 2015, an increase of nearly 39 percent from 2005 when they netted $55.8 million.

Planned Parenthood has been netting a profit for many years, with yearly surpluses ranging from $12.2 million in 2001 to a high of $155.5 million in 2010).

You do the math, because it is obvious that Senator Collins hasn’t.

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.