Monday, May 13, 2013

An Early Beneficiary of Legalized Abortion

"Roxanne" was 17 years old when she decided to take advantage of New York's new abortion law, and traveled there from Michigan to have a first-trimester abortion in a doctor's office. The doctor gave her sedatives and local anesthesia to begin the abortion on May 13, 1972. But before the abortion could be started, Roxanne started to have convulsions and went into cardiac arrest. She was taken to an area hospital, but she was declared dead on arrival. An investigation into the case revealed that the doctor had exceeded the recommended dose of the local anesthetic.

As you can see from the graph below, abortion deaths were falling dramatically before legalization. This steep fall had been in place for decades. To argue that legalization lowered abortion mortality simply isn't supported by the data.

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Bill Fortenberry said...

Hey Christina, I appreciate your many contributions to the defense of unborn children, and I am especially grateful for your posts about ectopic pregnancy. I don't remember if I've contacted you in the past, but I wonder if you have seen my research on surviving ectopic pregnancy. I discovered evidence from peer reviewed medical journals which indicates that ectopic pregnancies which are allowed to proceed naturally with medical facilities standing by in case of an emergency result in a 97% chance of the mother surviving and a 24% chance of the child surviving as well. You can read the details of my research at:

Christina Dunigan said...

I think there's an error in that you're assuming that there's a presumption that every unaborted ectopic pregnancy would necessarily KILL the mother. The presumption is that the risk of death from a rupture is so significant that since the baby is doomed anyway, it's far better to hasten the inevitable than to invite a second death to follow.