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

Posted in Abortion death, Abortion Death Prior to Roe, Abortion History, Alan F. Guttmacher, Bernard Nathanson, Christopher Tietze, Guttmacher, Illegal abortion, Mary Calderone, NARAL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2019 by saynsumthn

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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

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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.”

For more, visit:

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.

Don’t be fooled. Abortion supporters don’t care about abortion deaths.

Posted in Abortion complication, Abortion death, Abortion Death Black Women, Abortion Numbers, Abortion pill, Abortion stats, Bernard Nathanson, Christopher Tietze, Illegal abortion, Self Managed Abortion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2019 by saynsumthn

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Abortion, whether committed by a skilled physician, a licensed LPN, or self-inflicted, is not health care and can result in serious complications where women may be injured and sometimes die. Women who fall victim to the lie that abortion will solve their problems, can be placing their lives at risk. And abortion deaths, whether from legal or illegal procedures, lay squarely at the feet of abortion advocates, not pro-lifers.

Today, as more states step up to protect the preborn child in the womb, abortion advocates are dredging up an old talking point, suggesting that making abortion illegal makes it less safe and causes women to die. What they fail to point out is that women are dying now from legal abortion — abortions they sold to women and abortions they committed. These dead women are then written off as a “complication” of surgery and are never mentioned or mourned by abortion advocates, as ambulance after ambulance transports women from Planned Parenthood and other legal abortion facilities. And the abortion-supporting media almost never mentions them.

Abortion proponents are very good at flashing images of dead women when it is convenient for them. But where have they been for over 40 years as women and teen girls lay bleeding to death after a legal procedure?

Keisha AtkinsLakisha WilsonTonya ReavesCree SheppardJennifer MorbelliChristin GilbertJamie Lee Morales. All women who have died from legal abortion. And the list goes on. You can see an even more complete list of “safe and legal” abortion deaths at the end of the video below — the list goes for minutes. Watch:

 

READ: Centers for Disease Control report reveals more deaths from legal abortion than we thought

Carolina Gutierrez received such a serious infection from the legal abortion facility she visited in Florida that doctors had to amputate parts of her body to try and save her life. But the infection won and Carolina and her unborn child became another statistic in the abortion battle. There have been multiple others, names of women the media barely whispers. Many who were mothers, sisters, and wives — all in the grave — because they believed the lie that legalizing abortion made it safe.

I took the picture of Carolina below with the permission of her family while attending her funeral:

Image; Woman killed from legal abortion

Carolina Gutierrez woman killed from legal abortion (Image credit Carole Novielli with permission of the family at the time)

Anyone that believes it is only illegal abortions that put women in danger of death need look no further than actual abortion and Planned Parenthood facility “consent forms,” which testify to the risks women can face from a legal abortion procedure.

The following serious risks can occur during a surgical abortion, according to an online abortion consent form from Whole Woman’s Health abortion facility:

  • Infection
  • Incomplete Abortion
  • Continuing Pregnancy
  • Perforation or Laceration (Tear or Puncture)
  • Bleeding or Hemorrhage
  • Anesthetic Reaction
  • Amniotic Fluid Embolism
  • Mortality Risk (death)

Planned Parenthood’s “risks” with early medical abortion include:

  • The pregnancy doesn’t end
  • Incomplete abortion
  • Blood clots in the uterus
  • Bleeding too much or too long
  • Infection of the uterus
  • Allergic reaction
  • Death

Case after documented case exists of women mangled, abused, or killed from legal abortion. Even Kermit Gosnell’s notorious “House of Horrors” abortion facility was kept functioning due in part to the so-dubbed “sisterhood of silence” which opposed oversight of Pennsylvania abortion facilities.

Even today, despite numerous warnings from the FDA urging women not to purchase abortion pills online, many abortion crusaders are facilitating the sale of these illegal and potentially dangerous drugs. Then, when women are injured or near death, these same scaremongers, some who defy the law and provide illegal abortions, advise women to lie to medical personnel, claiming they are experiencing miscarriages. How is this helping women? How are women to know the true risks of abortion if reporting agencies are purposely being lied to by patients?

Image: FDA warns consumers to not buy abortion pills over the internet (Image: FDA)

FDA warns consumers to not buy abortion pills over the internet (Image: FDA)

Then, when a woman dies, who will they blame? The pro-life community, of course, for supposedly “making abortion less safe” by restricting it. And the abortion-friendly media will refuse to investigate, as always.

This strategy is nothing new; it was put into motion prior to Roe and now it is being dusted off and reused. Former abortionist and NARAL founder Bernard Nathanson wrote about it in his book, Hand of God(pg. 89-90):

Our favorite tack was to blame the church for the death of every woman from a botched abortion. There were perhaps 300 or so deaths from criminal abortions annually in the US in the 60’s, but NARAL in its press releases claimed to have data that supported a figure of 5,000. Fortunately, the respected biostatistician Dr. Christopher Tietze was our ally. Though he never actually staked himself to a specific number, he never denied the authenticity of these claims.

According to a September 13, 1967, article in the Berkshire Eagle, Tietze called the 5,000 illegal abortion deaths “unmitigated nonsense,” at a conference sponsored by the Harvard Divinity School and Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation.

So, how many women actually died prior to Roe? Read about that here. and here.

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

I support the ban on all abortion because I AM pro-life !

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 9, 2016 by saynsumthn

For several days there have been people in Oklahoma asking for abortion to be banned.

As I wrote yesterday, a law was proposed by the group Abolish Human Abortion. I know them well. I have debated them on this blog, on social media and in person. I have attended their meetings and listened to their views and every time I walked away unable to sign onto what they were doing.

My issues included their unrelenting criticism of the Pro-life Movement, for which many of them were not only uninvolved in, but sat out in apathy.

But, today, despite some who continue to throw attacks at pro-life leaders and this movement, today they have convinced 10 Oklahoma legislators to sign onto an all out ban on abortion (SB1118).

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The bill goes beyond what we have previously seen proposed such as the Heartbeat Bill.

When I supported the Heartbeat Bill, I did so knowing that it was opposed by some as bad strategy. My friend Janet Folger Porter stood almost alone in pushing for this legislation and I respect her for doing it. She has lost many pro-life friends for exposing those who refuse to protect a child from the moment their heartbeat begins.

When I took part in the Rescues in the 1980’s, I supported that movement despite the fact that many criticized it as bad strategy. Now, I cannot sit here and remain silent on what I see occurring in Oklahoma this week.

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Perhaps, like me, you have been turned off by AHA. Perhaps, like me, you have listened to what I know to be an inaccurate account of our history. Perhaps…

But – the ones I see speaking out are not just what I would call the AHA Leaders. They are moms and dads – young people. The message is simple NO ABORTION!

I have called myself pro-life for over 30 years. That means, I oppose abortion. Strategy or not – I am going to oppose abortion – All Abortion! I am not going to stay silent and watch simple people with a simple message that I believe to be true be ignored. I understand strategy -but- I also understand that it is not right to ignore what is happening. Maybe- just maybe this will backfire – or – maybe God will use it. That will be in God’s hands.

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This is not any kind of an announcement that I am an “abolitionist” no – I still have issues with what I see spoken in that movement.

Instead this is one simple pro-life women saying – good job – I support you to those who are courageously standing up for an abortion ban. I stand with you! I am Pro-Life and I will stand FOR Life! It is and has been my position.

In addition, I am going to encourage any lawmaker that is willing to say NO ABORTIONS.

And….I am not going to bash those who disagree with me on this.

To my pro-life friends, If all we trust in is what we have done before – we will never move forward. The sad reality is that a new SCOTUS majority may also strike our gains…anything can happen.

I respect the position of many of those who lead my beloved movement – I understand the sweat and hard work of everything we have accomplished.

But, all I know is that today- there is a call to ban abortion.

Tomorrow belongs to God and these children are in His hands….

“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” ~ James 4:17.

Planned Parenthood prez claims no taxpayer funding of abortion – delusional?

Posted in Cecile Richards, Cecile Richards Salary, Defund Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood six digit salary, Tax Payer Funding of Abortion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2015 by saynsumthn

When Planned Parenthood released its 2013-2014 annual report it showed that the tax payer funded abortion giant performed 327,653 abortions in that year.

Planned Parenthood 2013 to 2014 annual report

In addition, the report revealed that by year end 2014, the US Taxpayer had funded Planned Parenthood $528 MILLION in federal tax dollars for one year, down from $540.6 million in the year ending 2013 and $542 million in 2012.

Today, after news that the newly elected Republican House may vote on the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act, in place of a bill that would prohibit late term abortions, president Cecile Richards issued this tweet, “I have good news for my friends on the other side of the isle, there is no taxpayer funding for abortion.”

Cecile Richards no tax funding of abortion

She also had this to say:

Planned Parenthood prez Roe V Wade

Richards, who recently admitted to her own abortion is somewhat delusional to say there is no taxpayer funding of abortion, after all Cecile Richards once said that life begins at delivery and not in the womb.

Richards and her Planned Parenthood staff believe that defunding them is extreme and it’s no wonder they hold that view, after all, they individually rake in six-digit salaries from their positions at Planned Parenthood.

One report from Planned Parenthood shows they paid president Cecile Richards, $382,687 plus $24,427 from related organizations plus $13,039 in other compensation for a grand total salary of $420,153!

Blogger Jill Stanek reported that the Planned Parenthood CEO annual salary now exceeds $500,000.

Does that not sound like a clear motivation to persuade voters whose monies amount to half a billion dollars of revenue to Planned Parenthood annually, that their tax dollars do not fund abortion? I think it does!

42 yrs after Roe thanksful PP

Planned Parenthood has been dubbed the abortion giant for good reason.

Stats show that they perform the majority of abortions of any one abortion clinic chain and they receive federal tax dollars doing it.

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Between 2000 and 2010- the Center for Disease Control reported 9,122,134 abortions were performed in the United States.

Although this number may not reflect all abortions performed in the United States it is one of the accepted stats for abortion numbers.

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For those same years (2000 – 2010) Planned Parenthood reported performing 2,298,621 abortions.

Although we do not know for certain if the CDC figures include all Planned Parenthood abortions, we can conclude that Planned Parenthood’s abortion numbers equal more than 25% of all abortions reported to the CDC in the last 10 years.

Planned Parenthood likes to say that abortion is only a small percentage of what they do. However, if you look at their stats and compare them to abortions nationwide, we see that they are indeed the abortion giant of the USA.

I have included a breakdown below of how many abortions Planned Parentood has reported performing over the past ten years.

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For clarification, I am using stats reported by Planned Parenthood for “abortion procedures.” However, emergency contraception, which can kill the unborn child before implantation is also viewed by the pro-life community as abortive and is not included in these stats.

* NOTE: In the figures below, I include a few more years of Planned Parenthood reporting and an additional year from Guttmacher, not included in the above stats.

Planned Parenthood Annual Report Totals – Abortion Totals:

2013 – 327,653

2012-327,166

2011– 333,964

2010 – 329,445

2009 – 331,796

2008 – 324,008

2007 – 305,310

2006 – 289,750

2005 – 264,943

2004 – 255,015

2003 – 244,628

2002– 230,630

2001– 213,026

2000 – 197,070

Center for Disease Control abortion totals USA:

2011 – 1.06 million abortions (Guttmacher)

2010– 765,651

2009 – 784,507

2008 – 825,564 ( While Guttmacher reports – 1.21 million in 2008)

2007 – 827,609

2006 – 846,181

2005 – 820,151

2004 -839,226

2003 – 848,163

2002– 854,122

2001 – 853,485

2000 – 857,475

Given these numbers, for Richards to believe that the American tax payer is so ignorant that we would believe that none of the half billion dollars we send them annually goes to abortion- she is crazy!