A few years ago (that is, at least twelve) my lovely bride and I put together a list of “Abortion Myths”, that is, arguments used by pro-abortion…er, I mean pro-choice . . . folks to justify their position, along with factual and logical refutations of those arguments. Most of them were inspired by Randy Alcott’s Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments (link – the most indispensable pro-life book I’ve ever encountered: you need it!), supplemented with material from the Elliot Institute (link), National Right to Life (link), and other pro-life sources. I made posters of the myths and put them up in my classroom; my wife sent them to the rector of the Cathedral in Portland who had them published, one myth at a time, in the parish bulletin. A friend who worked in the parish office told us that they received significantly more feedback (overwhelmingly positive) about those than they had for anything else they had ever published.
I think it’s time to bring back the Abortion Myths, appropriately updated and now with live links! My plan is to post one every Friday. So, without further ado:
ABORTION MYTH #1
MYTH: "Before Roe vs. Wade, 5,000 - 10,000 women died every year from illegal abortions."
FACTS: Documented maternal deaths were, at the highest, less than a tenth of those figures, in most years far less.
1) "I confess that I knew the figures [5,00010,000 maternal deaths] were totally false, and I suppose the others did too if they stopped to think of it."
- Bernard Nathanson, M.D.,co founder of proabortion group NARAL, in Aborting America, p. 193 (1979)
2) Research shows that the most maternal deaths in a year was 388, in 1948.
3)Antibiotics greatly reduced the death rate before the full legalization of abortion. In 1972, the year before Roe vs. Wade, there were 39 maternal deaths.
4)There have been at least at least 400 maternal deaths in the U.S. from legal abortion since Roe vs. Wade.
5) Every year, more than half a million unborn women die from legal abortions in the U.S.
Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments
DON’T BUY THE LIE!
Essential Pro-Life Resources:
Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments (link)
The Elliot Institute (link)
National Right To Life Committee (link)
Next Week: that hoary old chestnut "Abortion is safer than childbirth"