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Don’t be fooled: Abortion bans didn’t result in thousands of deaths

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When abortion bans are in the news, the usual scare tactic claimed by abortion supporters is that when abortion is illegal, thousands of women die. They typically point to entirely fabricated numbers of women who died from illegal abortions just prior to Roe v. Wadeciting a debunked statistic of between 5,000 and 10,000 annually. A more recently cited number claiming “thousands of women [are] dying from abortion every year,” dates all the way back to the 1940’s — before antibiotics were invented. These inflated numbers were created intentionally to garner sympathy for decriminalizing abortion.

Live Action News has broken down this data in more detail previously, including debunking Planned Parenthood’s false claims multiple times. Here’s a summary of facts:

1. Hundreds of thousands of women did not die from illegal abortions annually

  • Former NARAL founder Bernard Nathanson admitted that the 5,000 to 10,000 death figure fed to the public and media in the late 1960’s was fabricated.
  • American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), found: ‘The frequently quoted figure of 5,000 – 10,000 deaths from abortion annually appears unrealistic….”
  • 1975 report by National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine noted: “It is difficult to find credible estimates of the number of deaths associated with illegal abortion. One estimate, which has been frequently quoted, is between 5,000 and 10,000 deaths per year. That is hardly plausible, considering that the total number of deaths of women aged 15-44 from all causes in the United States is approximately 50,000 annually, and the total number of deaths due to abortion reported by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has been below 500 since 1958 and below 100 since 1971.”
  • Others (see below) including abortion proponents, reveal illegal abortion death numbers drastically lower than what is regularly cited.

Image: Illegal Abortion Deaths 1930 to 1979 updated (Graph credit: Live Action News)

Illegal Abortion Deaths 1930 to 1979 updated (Graph credit: Live Action News)

2. Abortion death numbers were purposely inflated to scare politicians and manipulate the public

  • Dr. Christopher Tietze, an abortion advocate once awarded Planned Parenthood’s infamous Margaret Sanger Award, suggested in 1967 that the inflated illegal abortion death numbers were made up to scare politicians into legalizing abortion. “The higher estimates are made by people who feel in order to raise sympathy for liberalized abortion laws they have to make people afraid,” he said.

Tietze Illegal Abortion Deaths Inflated 1967

Tietze Illegal Abortion Deaths Inflated 1967 b

 

3. The year Roe was decided, legal abortion killed more women than illegal abortion

  • By 1973, abortion had already been legalized in several states. CDC reports, which can be found in this table, reveal that in 1973, the year the Supreme Court ruled in favor of abortion, more women died from “legal” abortion than “illegal” abortions. (25 v. 19)

CDC Abortion deaths 1972 to 1990

Live Action News previously documented that while legalizing abortion resulted in a drastic increase in abortions, it did not necessarily equate to safer abortions, especially in the first few years after Roe was decided. Even today, women are injured and killed after seeking legal abortions

4. No one knew exact illegal abortion death numbers, but acknowledged that numbers were inflated

  • In 1967, statistician Christopher Tietze called the inflated numbers “unmitigated nonsense,” adding, “we have no real basis for guessing which extreme is closer to the truth.” He then suggested that merely liberalizing abortion “probably would not have a big impact on mortality.”
  • In 1969, the very first abortion surveillance report was published by the Centers for Disease Control, noting a “lack of accurate incidence, prevalence, morbidity and mortality data” on abortion. According to this same CDC report, in 1966, the National Center for Health Statistics reported 189 maternal deaths from abortion complications.

Today, although the CDC reports legal abortion deaths, many believe they could be under-reported. Years ago, I was personally told by a medical examiner “off the record” that abortion deaths are “covered up regularly.”

5. Antibiotics decreased the number of Illegal abortion deaths

The Guttmacher Institute writes that by 1950, “just over 300” women died from illegal abortion, adding that it was most likely “because of the introduction of antibiotics in the 1940s, which permitted more effective treatment of the infections that frequently developed after illegal abortion.”

6. Small percentage of women went to non-medical personal for illegal abortions

Mary S. Calderone, medical director of Planned Parenthood, 1959: “Whatever trouble arises usually comes after self-induced abortions, which comprise approximately 8 per cent, or with the very small percentage that go to some kind of nonmedical abortionist.”

7. Physicians referred patients to colleagues for illegal abortions

Mary S. Calderone, medical director of Planned Parenthood, 1959: “Another corollary fact: physicians of impeccable standing are referring their patients for these illegal abortions to the colleagues whom they know are willing to perform them…”

8. Physicians committed the majority of illegal abortions

  • Former Planned Parenthood president Alan Guttmacher, Harvard Crimson December 5, 1967: “Seventy per cent of the illegal abortions in the country are performed by reputable physicians, each thinking himself a knight in white armor.”
  • Mary S. Calderone, medical director of Planned Parenthood, 1959: Called abortion “no longer a dangerous procedure,” because it was being committed by physicians, saying “…90 per cent of all illegal abortions are presently being done by physicians.”

9. Illegal abortions were often classified as “therapeutic” (to save a woman’s life) so they could be done by doctors:

Mary S. Calderone, medical director of Planned Parenthood, 1959: “What we have to admit is, as was repeatedly emphasized, that most therapeutic abortions are in the strictest sense of the law actually illegal.”

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Read Part One of this “Don’t be fooled” series here.

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

CDC: Number of abortions in U.S. drop to historic low

Posted in Abortion complication, Abortion death, Abortion Death List, Abortion decreasing, Abortion injury, Abortion Numbers, Abortion reporting, Abortion stats, Black Abortion Stats, CDC, Hispanic Abortion Stats, Late term abortion, repeat abortion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2018 by saynsumthn

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Abortion data just released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveals that the number of reported abortions dipped slightly (2.27 percent) from the previous year. In 2015, 638,169 abortions (down from 652,639 in 2014) were reported to CDC from 49 reporting areas excluding California, Maryland and New Hampshire. The abortion rate also decreased from 12.1 in 2014 to 11.8 in 2015.

The CDC estimates that, in 2015, 18% of all pregnancies in the United States ended in induced abortion, according to the most recent national estimates from 2010.

Highlights from the report, published November 23, 2018, are below.

Previous live births/abortions in 2015:

  • Women with one or more previous live births accounted for 59.3% of abortions.
  • Women with no previous live births accounted for 40.7% of abortions.
  • Women with three or more previous births accounted for 14.2% of abortions.
  • Women with one or more previous induced abortions accounted for 43.6% of abortions.
  • Women with no previous abortion accounted for 56.3% of abortions.
  • Women with three or more previous abortions accounted for 8.2% of abortions.

Race/ethnicity (30 reporting areas, Percentage based on 353,128 abortions):

In 2015’s report, the CDC noted that minorities are still having abortions at a higher rate, writing, “abortion rates and ratios remained 1.5 and 1.3 times higher for Hispanic compared with non-Hispanic white women and 3.6 and 3.5 times higher for non-Hispanic black compared with non-Hispanic white women.”

Image: 2015 Abortion stats by race (Image: CDC )

2015 Abortion stats by race (Image: CDC )

Non-Hispanic white women, 36.9% in 2015 (down from 38.0% in 2014)

  • Abortion rate of 6.8 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years.
  • Abortion ratio: 111 abortions per 1,000 live births.

Non-Hispanic black women, 36.0% in 2015 (same as 2014):

  • Abortion rate: 25.1 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years.
  • Abortion ratio: 390 abortions per 1,000 live births.

Hispanic women, 18.5% in 2015 (slight increase from 18.3% in 2014):

  • Abortion rate: 11.2 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years.
  • Abortion ratio: 147 abortions per 1,000 live births.

READ: Shock: More than half of abortions in Medicaid-coverage states are taxpayer funded

Gestational Age of abortions reported in 2015 (excluding 12 reporting areas):

  • 8 weeks or less: 279,999 (65.4%)
  • 9-13 weeks: 109,860 (25.7%)
  • 14-15 weeks: 15,146 (3.5%)
  • 16-17 weeks: 9,030 (2.1%)
  • 18-20 weeks: 8,410 (2.0%)
  • 21 weeks or greater: 5,597 (1.3%)

According to these numbers, 8.9% of children aborted in 2015  — 38,183 — were past the first trimester of pregnancy.

Image: 2015 Abortion by gestation selected reporting areas CDC (Image: CDC)

2015 Abortion by gestation selected reporting areas CDC (Image: CDC)

California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York State, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Wyoming did not report abortions by gestation.

CDC abortion numbers are generally much lower than numbers released by Planned Parenthood’s former “special affiliate,” the Guttmacher Institute. Live Action News has previously explained some of the reasons for the variation:

  • The CDC gathers information from states which require reporting; however, the CDC admits that “although reporting to CDC is voluntary, most reporting areas provide their abortion numbers.”
  • Guttmacher gathers its figures from surveys which it claims it sends directly to all known abortion facilities, categorized by type.

According to Dr. Michael New’s analysis of the CDC report published at National Review Online (emphasis added):

The new data also demonstrate the weak abortion-reporting requirements in the U.S. The CDC doesn’t have the authority to compel states to report abortion numbers and as a result, unsurprisingly, the data are incomplete.California, Maryland, and New Hampshire all failed to report abortion data for 2015. In fact, California has not reported any abortion data to the CDC since 1997. What’s more, while the CDC has already released 2017 data on a range of public-health topics, its abortion numbers are far behind; there is almost always a lag of more than two years before abortion data is released.

Although Guttmacher has not yet released data for 2015, reported abortion numbers published by Guttmacher in 2014 showed that 926,200 were reported, and revealed that more than 100,000 abortions took place in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. This reveals a stark difference between CDC and Guttmacher data.

Medical abortions in 2015 (43 reporting areas):

Since the FDA extended the gestational age limit for medical abortion to 70 days, the CDC says, “The percentage of abortions at 9 weeks’ gestation reported as medical has increased… (from 5.0%–7.7% during 2011–2014 to 13.0% in 2015).”

      • 2015: 24.6% were early medical abortions (a nonsurgical abortion at ≤8 weeks’ gestation)
      • 2014: 22.5% of all abortions were performed by early medical abortion

According to the CDC, an abortion is defined as legal only “if it is performed by a licensed clinician within the limits of state law.” It is unclear how CDC will calculate so-called “self-managed” abortions currently being pushed by the abortion industry.

Abortion deaths in 2015:

Tragically, every abortion ends the life of an already developing preborn child, and in some instances, the life of the pregnant woman as well. According to the CDC, “Deaths of women associated with complications from abortion for 2015 are being assessed as part of CDC’s Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System. In 2014, the most recent year for which data were available, six women were identified to have died as a result of complications from legal induced abortion.”

Photo via Operation Rescue

Pro-life groups previously discovered the death of one of those women from 2014. Lakisha Wilson died from cardiopulmonary arrest during a legal abortion at Preterm in Cleveland, Ohio.

Women are frequently told that when abortions are legal, they are also safe. Unfortunately, abortion consent forms the industry requires women to sign show this is not always the case.

Over past years, due in part to the many efforts of pro-life advocates, published abortion numbers have been steadily decreasing. According to the CDC report, “From 2006 to 2015, the total number of reported abortions decreased 24% (from 842,855), the abortion rate decreased 26% (from 15.9 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years), and the abortion ratio decreased 19% (from 233 abortions per 1,000 live births).”

Abortion complications — including those resulting from the abortion pill — are only required to be reported by about half of U.S. states.

While the trajectory is heading in the right direction, there is still much work to be done to make abortion unthinkable and return protection to persons in the womb.

NOTE: (SAYNSUMTHN ADDS: )

These are historic lows since the year following Roe.
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: CDC: Reported Abortions 1969 to 1973

CDC: Reported Abortions 1969 to 1973

Image: CDC Abortion report 1974

CDC Abortion report 1974

 

In an interview with Professor Michael New on EWTN, he pointed out that he abortion RATE is lower than it was in 1973:

Image: CDC Abortion rate 1973 and 1974

CDC Abortion rate 1973 and 1974

  • 2015: 11.8 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44
  • 2014: 12.1 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44
  • 1974: 17 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44
  • 1973: 14 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44