Women Are Dying from “Safe, Legal” Abortions


Soviet poster circa 1925. Title translation: &...

Soviet poster circa 1925. Title translation: “Abortions performed by either trained or self-taught midwives not only maim the woman, they also often lead to death.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who hasn’t heard the horror stories of coat hangers, toilets, and back-alley butchers? One of the major arguments in favor of passing Roe in 1973 was the promise that women would no longer be butchered or mutilated in the process of ridding their bodies of unwanted babies. Now, after Roe, all abortions would supposedly be done in the safe, sterile environment of women’s clinics or hospitals. Today, that promise rings more hollow than ever.

More than 400 women have died from supposedly “safe, legal” abortions, and yet there is not a feminist group extant who seems to care. Indeed, the big concern for women now seems to be to make sure 11 year-olds can get abortifacient drugs over the counter without parental consent. Is the pro-choice position really just an attempt to divorce sexuality from child-bearing–no matter the cost? It honestly appears that way to this pro-life outsider.

More than 400 women have died because they wanted a safe, legal abortion. Does anyone care that women are dying? There are real problems in abortion clinics all over this country (think Kermit Gosnell), and, yet, no one seems to care. To address the unsafe and inhumane conditions of abortion clinics would be viewed as an attempt to over-burden clinics in order to prevent or, at least, discourage abortions. So, feminists say nothing. Femicide is occurring throughout the land, and feminists do not care.

The 400 number is lower than the real number because, unlike your local pharmacy or animal clinic, abortion clinics are shrouded in privacy and cloaked in anonymity when it comes to accountability. With all the government regulations out there on EVERYTHING from windmills to treehouses and Lemonade stands–with all of this over-regulation of our lives–you would think we might want one or two regulations on abortion in order to prevent women from dying. But the courts say, “No!” And pro-abortion women say no.

Maybe all that talk against back-alleys and coat hangers was nothing more than a quirky aversion to dim-lit alleys and wire coat hangers. Maybe it had nothing to do with women after all. Are we really better off because women are dying on Main Street rather than in a back alley?