In March this year Lenana Wen, Director of Planned Parenthood tweeted: “We face a real situation where Roe could be overturned. And we know what will happen, which is that women will die. Thousands of women died every year pre-Roe.”
The ultra-Liberal, Washington Post, who is no enemy to Planned Parenthood fact checked this statistic. There findings show it to be hugely exaggerated.
When the Post investigated the claim they discovered mortality rates were in serious decline for woman undergoing illegal abortions well before Roe vs. Wade. That annual deaths in their thousands, would only have been seen in the early 20th century before the use of antibiotics, when women died of sepsis after an abortion. Even then these statistics are estimates, as no reliable official records exist. In the years preceding Roe vs. Wade most illegal abortions were conducted by medical professionals acting illegally, but therefore done safely.
For Wen to be using such statistics, which she knows come from the pre-antibiotics era, is something that should be of concern to anyone with an interest in a truthful debate on the subject.
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