No. Bernard Nathanson, who was one of the principal Founders of the National Association to Repeal Abortion Laws (NARAL) presided over 60,000 abortions and performed over 5,000 abortions himself, said they basically made up the statistics about women dying so abortion would be legalized. Dr. Nathanson had a conversion to the pro-life side and wrote extensively on the deception involved by leaders in the pro-abortion movement. Here is what he wrote in his book, "Aborting America:"
'How many deaths were we talking about when abortion was illegal? In
NARAL (National Association for Repeal of Abortion Laws) we generally
emphasized the drama of the individual case, not the mass statistics, but
when we spoke of the latter it was always 5,000 to 10,000 a year. I
confess that I knew the figures were totally false, But in the "morality"
of our revolution, it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out
of our way to correct it with honest statistics?' The official figures of
maternal death due to illegal abortion before abortion was legalised was
160. Dr Nathanson estimates the actual figure to be around 500 maternal
deaths per year.' (Bernard Nathanson, Richard Ostling. Aborting America.
Pinnacle Books. New York 1979.)
Dr. Nathanson's obituary in the BMJ
revealed the extent of the lies:
"We fed the public a line of deceit, dishonesty, a fabrication of
statistics and figures. We succeeded [in breaking down the laws limiting
abortions] because the time was right and the news media cooperated. We
sensationalized the effects of illegal abortions, and fabricated polls
which indicated that 85% of the public favoured unrestricted abortion,
when we knew it was only 5%. We unashamedly lied, and yet our statements
were quoted [by the media] as though they had been written in law."
Once Bernard Nathanson became pro-life, he later produced two films, "The Silent Scream
" and "Eclipse of Reason
" which show what abortion really does to the unborn child.
Starting in the 1940s deaths by abortion began to decline precipitously due to the advent of sulfa drugs and penicillin. Maternal mortality continued to dramatically decline so that by 1960, In Mary S. Calderone, former Director of Planned Parenthood wrote the following:
"Abortion is no longer a dangerous procedure. This applies not just to therapeutic abortions as performed in hospitals but also to so-called illegal abortions as done by physician. In 1957 there were only 260 deaths in the whole country attributed to abortions of any kind…Second, and even more important, the conference [on abortion sponsored by Planned Parenthood] estimated that 90 percent of all illegal abortions are presently being done by physicians…Whatever trouble arises usually arises from self-induced abortions, which comprise approximately 8 percent, or with the very small percentage that go to some kind of non-medical abortionist…So remember…abortion, whether therapeutic or illegal, is in the main no longer dangerous, because it is being done well by physicians."
There were only 260 deaths in 1957, eleven years before Colorado became the first state to liberalize its abortion laws! According to the National Center for Health Statistics, by 1966 there were a total of 120 maternal deaths in the U.S., and at this time abortion was still illegal. Texas Right to Life reports on their Abortion Myths
page that after legalization, maternal deaths actually increased.
Since abortion has been legal there has been underreporting of deaths, and the safety standards of clinics are abysmal. When abortion was a crime, those responsible for killing women and babies were apprehended and put in prison. Today, the death certificates are often falsified and causes of death covered up, so that the most dangerous abortionists remain in business.
For more facts about the dangers of legal abortion visit the pro-life portal: The Abortion Files
. The chapters from Dr. Jack Wilke's book, "Abortion Questions and Answers" can be found at this site, along with pro-life information taken from around the web. Visit our Pro-Life Resources page for additional organizations as well as the following:Abort73.comAbortionNo.orgLife DynamicsLife NewsLiveAction.orgOperation Rescue