I had the pleasure of dealing with a troll today who freely posted, in response to numerous blog posts, all about the lamentatious childbirth deaths that supposedly make abortion so worthwhile. This is a point that needs to be addressed.
Let's address the real issues:
1. Women don't have abortions to save their lives from childbirth deaths. I wrote a post about this. The main points are that there is no maternal condition for which the standard (or even a recommended) treatment is abortion; most childbirth deaths are due to problems that abortion would not resolve safely.
2. We don't know how many women die from abortions. Therefore any attempt to compare abortion risks to childbirth risks is based on assumptions, not science. The data collection for abortion mortality is so slipshod, one might as well stick a box in the middle of an orchard, count all the apples that fall into it, and assume that one has successfully counted all the apples that fell in the entire orchard. And if you don't know what X actually is (the risk of death from abortion), then you can't compare X to Y or Z or anything else.
3. Even if it turned out that abortion was actually less risky than carrying to term, it would be irrelevant. Flying is safer than driving, but that doesn't mean that we don't take steps to prevent fatal airline crashes. Likewise, whatever the comparative risks of abortion versus childbirth, promoting abortion will not make childbirth safer. Yes, do whatever we can to reduce maternal mortality (Which we have done pretty successfully in the West). But remember that while these steps will also reduce abortion deaths, abortion will not reduce maternal mortality
4. Chanting "Safe and legal!" does nothing to prevent deaths from either abortion or from childbirth. It's just a variation on this:
The only people impressed by it are other people who have nothing more substantial to add than other bumper-sticker slogans.
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