Pro-choice author: although abortion “safe,” it still has to do with “life and death”

By Sarah Terzo

The pro-choice author of “Abortion: A Positive Decision” interviewed abortion providers and post-abortion women talking about how great abortion is, and how helpful to women.

However, in the beginning of the book, she says:

“No matter that legal abortion is as safe a procedure as having your tonsils out or a penicillin injection or wisdom tooth extracted. It is far more than a safe medical procedure because of the complicated decision-making that is involved, and the fact that it has to do with sex and life and death.” [1]

Whose life and whose death? Throughout the book, Patricia Launneborg presents abortion in the most positive terms possible, but she admits that she knows that abortion is a life-and-death issue, that abortion, ultimately, destroys a life – kills a child.

Other pro-choice activists have said the same thing.

And is abortion really safer than a wisdom tooth extraction? Women who died from legal abortions or suffered complications would disagree.

From Patricia Launneborg, “Abortion: a Positive Decision” (New York: Bergin & Garvey, 1992).

Editor’s note. This appeared at clinic quotes and is reposted with permission.