“Back in 1973, I was a very confused 21-year-old with one child and facing an unplanned pregnancy,” McCorvey said. “I think it’s safe to say that the entire abortion industry is based on a lie…. I am dedicated to spending the rest of my life undoing the law that bears my name. You read about me in history books, but now I am dedicated to spreading the truth about preserving the dignity of all human life from natural conception to natural death.”
~Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade
Nathanson wrote: “I confess that I knew the figures were totally false, and I suppose the others did too if they stopped to think of it. 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 overriding concern was to get the laws eliminated [laws against abortion], and anything within reason that had to be done was permissible.”
~Dr. Bernard Nathanson, former abortionist and co-founder of the pro-abortion group NARAL,
Dr Nathansons’ false statistics admitted to court as factual were indeed false and he knew it and gave false testimony. He believed lying to get his ‘morals’ made the ‘morals’ of the land was acceptable.
It’s funny the claim that abortion was not possible to obtain prior to 1973 Roe v Wade.
1971 more than 485,000 legal abortions were performed
1972 more than 586,000 legal abortions were performed
1973 more than 615,000 legal abortions were performed
1974 after Roe v. Wade only 763,000 legal abortions were performed
As you can see it is a myth that abortion was illegal in the US prior to Roe v Wade. It is true some states or counties had rules about when and where and under what circumstances an abortion could be performed but they were already legal and obtainable.
So what was the real number of women who died getting illegal abortions and why did women seek these illegal procedures.
Abortion guru Christopher Tietze called the 10,000 number “unmitigated nonsense.” Doctor Nathanson admits the number is nonsense. So what was the real number?
Planned Parenthood’s medical director, Mary Calderone, put the number at under 300 a year in 1973.
The CDC in 1975 released the numbers of botched abortions as between 200 and 350 deaths from illegal abortions in 1973.
So the 10s of thousands number is totally false.
It is further disturbing to review the case for legal abortion. They used a young lady whom a movie was made from called Leona’s Sister Gerri.
The film tells the story of Geraldine Santoro, who died of a botched criminal abortion. A photograph of her nude body, found in a motel room in June 1964, became a rallying point for abortion advocates.
The point of view espoused by the filmmaker, Jane Gillooly, is the standard pro-abortion cliche that laws against abortion caused Gerri’s death.
That is like showing a photograph of an accident victim thrown from a car, and blaming the death on seat belt laws. If Gerri had obeyed the law, she would not have died.
Abortion advocates claim that abortion was Gerri’s only option: she feared that her estranged husband would kill her if he learned she was pregnant by another man.
If abortion advocates are pro-woman, why was Gerri’s death used as an argument for legalized abortion? Why did they not use Gerri’s story to show the need for tougher domestic abuse laws?
Instead they seem content to leave Gerri living in fear of her ex-husband as long as she could kill her child legally. What message are they giving wife beaters with this stand? Is the message that it’s okay to beat your wife, as long as she can get a legal abortion? it seems so to me.
I have to question the priorities of the people who’ve been exploiting Gerri all these years.
I question the entire premise of “Abortion rights” in the entirety.
Another interesting fact is Abortion was never found to be a “right”. No read the leading opinion of the court. Justice Blackmun wrote in the opinion for the landmark Supreme Court ruling, “This right of privacy … founded in the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty and restrictions upon state action … is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.”
The right is to privacy and not to abortion itself. Yet this was interpreted as a “right” to an abortion. In fact it is merely a right to privacy in the choice.
Enough for now, I know it will not make me popular with feminists but I’m ok with that.