Wednesday, October 15, 2008

More scare tactics from the abortion lobby

My email from NARAL was headed, "Does John McCain Understand Women Could Die?‏"

Presumably, if McCain nominated strict constructionist Supreme Court justices, Roe might be overturned, returning abortion to the states.

And, supposedly, this would result in droves of women reflexively reaching for the coathangers.

First of all, let's reiterate an inconvenient little fact that NARAL and other members of the abortion lobby tries to keep hidden: Women are dying now. And the abortion lobby knows this. They just don't want you to know this.

Ah, but wouldn't more women die if abortion were to be re-criminalized?

The assumption -- the unquestioned, unproven assumption -- is that making abortion legal reduces abortion mortality. But let's look at the data. Just look at the abortion deaths since 1940:

You'll see that abortion deaths were plummeting -- a fall even abortion guru Christopher Tietze attributed to the availability of blood transfusions and antibiotics -- long before legalization.

The drop leveled off in the 1950s -- with the introduction of The Pill!

It then resumed its fall in the 1960s.

Before abortion was legalized.

In fact, legalization didn't seem to have any real impact at all. The trend just continued where it had been:

Attributing the fall in abortion deaths to legalization is fatuous.

And anybody who takes an honest look at the data knows this.

So who are they trying to fool? And why?

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Rebecca Bartlett said...

It resumed its fall in the 1960s?? What chart are you reading? It spiked in the 1960s according to this chart before it went down. Get some glasses.

Christina Dunigan said...

Rebecca, the peak of the spike is at 1060 -- and during the 1960s it falls.22 tingeryn

Kathy said...

Rebecca, look at the *first* chart, which covers a period from 1941 through 1980, not just the little subset from the late 60s to early 70s. See the big drop from 1940-1950 with the introduction of antibiotics, and then the variance throughout the 50s with an increase in the late 50s, followed by a decline through the 60s and 70s.