By Dave Andrusko
This week National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias is providing a hugely helpful tutorial on how to answer the five basic arguments advocates make for abortion. None was more instrumental in destroying protective abortion statutes than the myth that “thousands” of women died from “back-alley” illegal abortions in the 1960s. (Pro-abortionists knew otherwise, that the figures were wholly fictitious.)
Today’s edition of PLP goes into great depth to rebut this myth. Mrs. Tobias reminds us of the “stunning admission” from the late Dr. Bernard Nathanson, former director of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws– now known as NARAL Pro-Choice America. In his classic 1979 book Aborting America, Dr. Nathanson wrote:
“How many deaths were we talking about when abortion was illegal? In NARAL, 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 that the figures were totally false and I suppose that 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.”
But there is much more today, including an admission in 1960 [!] by a former director of Planned Parenthood that “”Abortion is no longer a dangerous procedure. This applies not just to therapeutic abortions as performed in hospitals but also to so-called illegal abortions as done by physicians.”
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