If abortion is made illegal thousands of women will die in back-street abortions?

This is one of the most common protests of pro aborts or poorly informed members of the public. They hark back to the days before legal abortion and women dying in back-street abortions. To argue against this can really set you up for sounding like a heartless monster. This is, of course, their purpose, to put you off taking your point any further. Here are a few points to consider:

i) Firstly they are assuming there is only one person involved in the abortion procedure. This is exactly the point that we have had to get them to defend. They are "begging the question."

ii) There is huge confusion about abortion before it was made legal. Actually there are no figures as to how many women procured illegal abortions and there are no figures to say how many died. Pro aborts throw around ideas that thousands of women were dying at the hands of back-alley butchers but this is simply a lie. "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, and anything within reason that had to be done was permissible." [a]. [a]. Bernard Nathanson, M.D. Aborting America (Doubleday, 1979), 193

iii) Because something is unsafe doesn't mean it should be made legal. For instance, because some criminals die in high speed crashes after stealing cars should we legalise car crime?

iv) These women aren't being forced to abort. A huge majority of the time it is their own decision.

v) Women also die from legal abortions. These numbers are hard to find as clinics only have to report complications up to the time of discharge after the procedure. The World Health Organization states that deaths caused by surgical complications should not be reported under the type of procedure, but under the complication itself (such as a blood clot or heart attack). [b] Studies have shown that perforation of the Uterus is far more common than was once thought. Also if there is any parts of the baby, sac, or placenta still left in the womb this will cause hemorrhaging but this may not cause death until after the woman leaves the clinic/hospital. (See case of Manon Jones)

[b]. Coding Rule 12, International Classification of Diseases, World Health Organization.


Remember if a pro abort comes up with an argument like this, bring it back to the question about who is being affected by the abortion. If the unborn child is not a human being then there is no reason for abortion to be illegal. But if the child is a human being they have got some explaining to do.


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