Fear that banning abortion will force mothers to undergo unsafe abortions and will increase those death rates is unfounded.
20 June 2021
Recently the news is all about Texas banning abortions as early as six weeks and the Mississippi case that might overturn Roe vs. Wade. These are eventful landmarks in the history of Pro-Life and Abortion in the US. Many of the Pro-Abortion & Choice community are up in arms because they believe these policies will do nothing but make abortions unsafe and hurt more women.
The Texas Heartbeat Act is not new as other states like Georgia have introduced and implemented other similar bills. However, the outcry against such legislation has been increasingly growing during this month. Angry Instagram stories of individuals and groups protesting such a bill saying that their “reproductive rights” are being violated as women do not even know they’re pregnant before 6 weeks. They claim that their basic healthcare is being taken away.
What many do not realize is that abortions have never been safe. Whether these abortions were back alley or in a surgical room of Planned Parenthood, mothers face the possibility of death, lifelong health problems, and mental and spiritual effects. There are many who will deny these things and will proudly exclaim that they felt nothing, have no regret, and are perfectly healthy after receiving an abortion procedure, but that is not the case for many other women. To use the words of Sackin “even one woman’s death from abortion before it was legal is one too many” (Sackin quoted by Washington Post), and I would add that even when abortion is legal, one woman’s death is one too many.
Many Pro-Abortionists, especially those part of Planned Parenthood and NARAL, have frequently admitted that they had exaggerated their figures regarding the number of women dying from unsafe abortions. Dr. Bernard Nathanson is repeatedly used to exemplify this point. He states that:
How many deaths were we talking about when abortion was illegal? In NARAL [the National Abortion Rights Action League], we generally emphasized the frame of the individual case, not the mass statistics, but when we spoke of the latter it was always ‘5,000 to 10,000 deaths a year.’ I confess that I knew the figures were totally false, and I suppose the others did too if they stopped to think of it. But in the ‘morality’ of our revolution, it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics? The overriding concern was to get the laws eliminated, and anything within reason that had to be done was permissible. (Nathanson quoted by EWTN)
EWTN continues by reporting that Marian Faux makes a similar claim—”An image of tens of thousands of women being maimed or killed each year by illegal abortion was so persuasive a piece of propaganda that the [pro-abortion] movement could be forgiven its failure to double-check the facts.” And finally, the same Washington Post article admits that Sackin’s calculations of “as many as 5,000 annual deaths” did not have any citations to accurately prove that they were correct (Kessler).
Why are these abortion industries lying about their figures? Why not be truthful? The fact is that these people want women to believe that without them, they [the women] would die or be hurt. In their minds, women need abortion industries so that they don’t end up like the 1800s dropping dead from pregnancies. Whether these pregnancies of the past ended in natural childbirth deaths, nasty miscarriages, or harrowing back-alley abortions, women no longer have to fear these things because legalized abortions are so much safer.
I must admit when I considered the whole legalize or not issue, I thought legalized abortions would keep women safer. After a careful examination, I realized I too had fallen into the same promise/lie that the abortion industries wanted women to believe.
1). Illegalizing abortions would actually protect women should they find that Planned Parenthood or any other organization has wronged them. They can sue them for losses. Due to legalized abortions, it is much harder to confront these groups as they do have the backing of the law. Many Pro-abortion doctors and medical professionals would simply shrug off a woman’s complaint saying along the lines of “it’s done and over” or “you chose to go through with it” or “it’s not our problem anymore.” However, with laws partially illegalizing abortions like the Texas Heartbeat Bill or, in the future, those that fully illegalize abortions, mothers or family members can properly sue such agencies and actually stand a chance in court.
2). Legalized abortions are not 100% safe as these organizations claim them to be. Many women suffer from long term affects due to surgeries or the pill. These include feeling nauseous, cramping, abdominal pain or even bleeding, damage to organs, and complications with future births (Foundations of Life). Mayo Clinic even admits that the woman may have vaginal bleeding or the risk of having to have more than one abortion should the first attempt fail.
3). Mary Steichen Calderone quoted by the Washington Post confirms that unsafe abortions are becoming safer due to many women who go to trained physicians “undercover.” The article also mentions that sulfa drugs and penicillin help keep abortions safer. Most of these drugs are already over the counter and are not deemed illegal.
In summary, abortion can be illegalized without severe repercussions for the woman. The fear that illegalizing abortions will force the mothers to undergo unsafe abortions and will increase those death rates is unfounded. Because of the rise of modern medicine that can be purchased over counter, performing an illegal abortion or, at least, one not sanctioned by tax dollars would still be possible and have the same amount of safety as legalized abortions. Abortion should be illegal. Even though abortions would still occur illegally, as both sides know, it would still prevent the murder of millions. Do not be tricked by pro-choicers saying everyone who wanted an abortion would go through with it and do so in a way that would cost the mother’s life as well.