Planned Parenthood has been caught seriously lying about the number of women who died from backroom abortions before the 1973 Roe v Wade decision.
One of the constant refrains from the left is the scaremongering claim that hundreds of thousands if not millions of women died from “illegal abortions” before the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision. But, the actual number is far below the number being pushed by Planned Parenthood.
Recently PP has been claiming that “thousands of women died every year” from backroom abortions before the Supreme Court stepped in and forced the nation to legalize abortion.
PP has used its lie to push the idea that abortion is “health care.” But it isn’t. Abortion is strictly and only about killing a baby in upwards to 95 percent of abortions.
But, that aside, is PP right that “thousands” of women were killed “every year” by backroom abortions?
And even the left-wing Washington Post had to slap PP down for the lie.
According to The Blaze:
A Post reader requested that the organization check up on that claim, and the resulting research led The Washington Post to assign Wen’s claim a grade of “Four Pinocchios” which is defined on their rating scale simply as a “whopper.” For reference, a “Three Pinocchio” rating is for a claim with a “significant factual error and/or obvious contradiction.”
“Wen is a doctor, and the ACOG is made up of doctors,” the Post’s Glenn Kessler wrote. “They should know better than to peddle statistics based on data that predates the advent of antibiotics. Even given the fuzzy nature of the data and estimates, there is no evidence that in the years immediately preceding the Supreme Court’s decision, thousands of women died every year in the United States from illegal abortions.”
The fact-check noted that in 1959 even pro-abortion supporters said that the claim that thousands were dying was untrue.
“Abortion is no longer a dangerous procedure,” a pro-abortion researcher wrote in 1959. “This applies not just to therapeutic abortions as performed in hospitals but also to so-called illegal abortions as done by physicians. In 1957, there were only 260 deaths in the whole country attributed to abortions of any kind. In New York City in 1921, there were 144 abortion deaths, in 1951 there were only 15.”
In the end, it is clear that PP is lying. Perhaps long before the 1930s when medicine was not very good for anyone, much less women seeking to kill their babies, more women died. But not in the modern era.
If there was ever a time in America when “thousands” of women died from backroom abortions, it hasn’t been for almost 100 years.
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