Abortion Must Remain Legal to Prevent Abortion-Related Deaths


Abortion-Related Deaths1

1940 1470
1950 263
1965 201

"We spoke of 5,000-10,000 deaths a year.... I confess that I knew the figures were totally false."
Dr. Bernard Nathanson, (co-founder NARAL), testimony before the Supreme Court in 1972

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Proponents of legalized abortion claim that the criminalization of abortion would result in the deaths of thousands of woman yearly. However, after the advent of antibiotics, deaths from illegal abortions were at most in the hundreds.

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  1. Cates, W. Jr. Rochat, R.W., Grimes, D.A., and Tyler, C.W. Jr. 1978. "Legalized abortion: Effect on national trends of maternal and abortion-related mortality (1940 through 1976). Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol., 132: 211-214.

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