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Abortionists’ Claim that Abortion Safer than Birth Disproved

Anti-abortion demonstrators take part in the "March for Life" in Washington

A new study conducted by two abortionists makes the astounding claim that “[l]egal induced abortion is markedly safer than childbirth.” However, statistics kept by the Planned Parenthood supported Guttmacher Institute expose and disprove the new study.

Aside from the obvious fact that abortion is not safer than birth for the unborn baby, the study is riddled with skewed statistics and pro-abortion bias.

The experts cited in this study (along with the study’s authors) are abortion doctors or have “strong ties to the abortion industry.

The study claims that “one woman died during childbirth for every 11,000” who gave birth. However, the abortion industry’s own statistics show that “[t]he risk of death associated with abortion increases with the length of pregnancy” and that the risk of the mother’s death associated with abortions that are committed during the second half of a pregnancy is “one per 11,000.” In other words, if you compare the mortality rate of women who give live birth (which can only occur post 20 weeks) and the mortality rate of women who have abortions post 20 weeks, they are identical. Thus, the abortion industry’s own statistics render this study meaningless.

In fact, according to Reuters, the report’s own authors admit that “that women are pregnant for a lot longer when they decide to have a baby and so have more time to develop complications” that could result in death. In other words, according to their own findings, the risk of death for the mother increases during the course of a pregnancy regardless of whether she gives birth or has an abortion. This does not make the abortion safer.

Americans United for Life notes that other studies based on “the best available medical evidence on the issue” conclude that “pregnancy-associated deaths are between two and four times higher for women who abort than for women who deliver.”

Often deaths related to abortion are reported under other medical reasons, not listing the abortion, leaving the pro-abortion study slanted in favor of abortion.

LifeNews.com also notes several international reports that show that nations with strong prolife laws have lower maternal death rates than nations that allow pervasive abortions.

Pro-abortion studies, false comparisons, and slanted data cannot change the fact that every abortion takes at least one life. In fact, a new estimate, based on the abortion industry’s own statistics, indicates that 54,559,615 babies have been aborted since the Supreme Court legalized the killing of unborn babies 39 years ago in Roe v. Wade. Even more sobering is the fact that this means that one baby is killed every 30 seconds in the U.S.

The ACLJ continues to work with Members of Congress, state legislators, and in the courts to ensure the protection of both mother and child.

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