Discover the Truth About Planned Parenthood: Lesson 5

Question

Without access to Planned Parenthood, won’t “back alley” abortions increase?

Answer

This is a commonly held misconception often cited in argumenets favoring Planned Parenthood. There is no actual evidence to support this claim. In fact, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, former abortionist and co-founder of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL), admitted that the statistics on illegal abortion were manipulated prior to the passage of Roe v. Wade, explaining, “We aroused enough sympathy to sell our program of permissive abortion by fabricating the number of illegal abortions done annually in the U.S. The actual figure was approaching 100,000, but the figure we gave to the media repeatedly was 1,000,000. Repeating the big lie often enough convinces the public. The number of women dying from illegal abortions was around 200-250 annually. The figure constantly fed to the media was 10,000.”

Stats show that, in the year prior to Roe, the CDC disputed the lie that thousands of women died from illegal abortion as shown in this table (table 19) from their surveillance report on abortion.

Recent cases like that of Kermit Gosnell and the abortion-related death of Tonya Reaves (who obtained her abortion from Planned Parenthood) suggest that the premise that legal abortion is safer than illegal abortion is incorrect.

Video

Watch a former abortionist answer this question.

Something to think about

What alternatives to abortion do women have? How have the stigmas surrounding adoption, single parenting, having a child outside of marriage, and maintaining a career as a mother all changed since Roe v. Wade?

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