Did 1000s of Women Die Every Year from Abortions Before *Roe v. Wade*?

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Leana Wen, the president of Planned Parenthood, has been making this claim.

Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post decided to investigate.  Here is a taste of his piece:

Wen is a doctor, and the ACOG is made up of doctors. They should know better than to peddle statistics based on data that predates the advent of antibiotics. Even given the fuzzy nature of the data and estimates, there is no evidence that in the years immediately preceding the Supreme Court’s decision, thousands of women died every year in the United States from illegal abortions.

Wen’s repeated use of this number reminds us of the shoddy data used by human trafficking opponents. Unsafe abortion is certainly a serious issue, especially in countries with inadequate medical facilities. But advocates hurt their cause when they use figures that do not withstand scrutiny. These numbers were debunked in 1969 — 50 years ago — by a statistician celebrated by Planned Parenthood. There’s no reason to use them today.

Read the rest here.

2 thoughts on “Did 1000s of Women Die Every Year from Abortions Before *Roe v. Wade*?

  1. That’s a pretty ridiculous application of that claim. Either climate change is real or it isn’t. By definition one side uses nothing but “figures that do not withstand scrutiny.” The fact that there is still a debate shows that using “figures that do not withstand scrutiny” is undeniably productive.

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  2. But advocates hurt their cause when they use figures that do not withstand scrutiny.

    My type example of this is Global Warming/Climate Change Activism. The first flush of Activists looking for a Cause that glommed onto this ended up discrediting their own cause.

    (In some cases, completely to the point of “ALL LIES. FAKE NEWS. ALL LIES.” Just last night, I had to sit through a rant on “The Global Warming HOAX/Global Warming SCAM.” At least this one didn’t end with “HAIL TRUMP!”; that’s another connection you see a LOT of these days.)

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