That Time Leftist Activists Lied About ‘Back Alley’ Abortion Figures

Reposted in light of today’s Supreme Court announcement…

Dr. Bernard Nathanson, the first president of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL), later had a dramatic change of heart on abortion and lamented lying about deaths from illegal abortions prior to the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade.

“I confess that I knew that the figures were totally false and I suppose that others did too… it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics?”

Dr. Bernard Nathanson in “Aborting America” page 193 (1979)

According to the CDC, in 1972 there were 39 maternal deaths from illegal, so called back-alley abortions. However, NARAL and other abortion activists pushed the narrative that 10,000 women a year died from illegal abortions.

The justification for a radical minority to convince millions of women to murder millions of children in an abortion assembly line was all based on a lie.

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