Steve Heilig at the Huffington Post Engages in Pro-Abortion Scare Tactics

Steve Heilig at the Huffington Post wrote:

“Three decades ago, medical and public health students at UCLA were sometimes taken on a tour of an old hospital ward, previously dedicated to women suffering the aftereffects of illegal abortions. I believe there had been something like 70 beds then and the veteran professor who guided us on the visit said that until 1970, when abortion was legalized in California, the ward was always full of suffering and dying women. ‘We used to have to mop their blood from the floors here – it reminded me of serving in World War II,’ said the old doctor. After the laws changed, the ward quickly emptied out and was no longer needed.”

Remember, Heilig didn’t personally witness the “dying women” or “blood” on the floors. He’s simply reciting a story told by a pro-abortion doctor. So, let’s take a closer look at this story.

The Centers for Disease Control reported 39 deaths to illegal abortions in 1972, the year before Roe v. Wade legalized abortion. And that’s for the entire nation.

This means that, on average, there were 3 deaths a month from illegal abortions spread across all 50 states, yet a single ward in a single hospital in California was always full of dying women?

The Centers for Disease Control also reported 24 deaths to legal abortions in 1972. Again, for the entire nation. Of note, there were 11 reported deaths to legal abortions in 2000.

Two points. First, both legal and illegal abortions had similar death rates in the early 1970s. Second, despite advances in medical technology, the so-called “safe, legal” abortions of today still result in nearly a statistically-identical death rate compared to the illegal abortions of the early 1970s.

In the current political climate, however, pro-abortion proponents are skeptical, and they turn to Planned Parenthood as a trusted source of information. So, what did Planned Parenthood have to say about illegal abortions prior to Roe v. Wade?

In 1959, Dr. Mary Calderone, the medical director of Planned Parenthood, wrote:

“Abortion is no longer a dangerous procedure. This applies not just to therapeutic abortions as performed in hospitals but also to so-called illegal abortions as done by physicians.”

And she concluded that nearly all illegal abortions were done by physicians. Case closed.

But Heilig wasn’t finished. He added:

“Of course, if I really believed that that the embryos or early fetuses that account for the vast majority of abortions were full-fledged ‘babies,’ I’d likely be opposed to abortion in most cases too. But such a status is not supported by science, medicine, historical practice, or public opinion – it largely comes from religious conviction.”

Wrong again, Steve. Science and medicine prove that human life begins at conception. Biology textbooks teach this fact. Medical students learn this fact. And historical practice, especially after the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868, restricted abortion. (How can that even be argued? Heilig concedes that Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973.) As for public opinion, 61% of Americans say abortion should be illegal or legal only in a few circumstances. According to Gallup, Americans have “consistently” held this position for the past two decades.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, pro-choicers always throw the “women will die of illegal abortions” argument at me when I self-identify as pro-life. I always respond, “So you’re saying that since some women hurt themselves while murdering their children, society should help these women murder their children by making abortion legal and paying for it?”

    But I understand that the whole point of the above article is to show how fallacious the “women will die of illegal abortions” argument is in the first place. Great research done here.

  • defendlife

    So many lies! I’m growing tired of repeatedly arguing with pro-choicers. They don’t even have facts to support their arguments and even after sufficient evidence is provided to them they deny its authenticity flat out. When that doesn’t work, they move on to insulting you. What in the world…. At least it shows they really don’t know what they’re talking about. I just hope that they come around one day and realize how horrible this all is. 

  • Andy_rose

    Only liberals can sanctify protecting an egg of a sea turtle to protect its right to life, but not critically discern the same conclusion about a human embryo. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=622936673 Mita Pogue

    And yet, nothing was mentioned in the article about the horrendous conditions at the so-called clinic that was raided earlier this year where cats wandered (and cat feces abounded) and newborn babies had their spines severed with scissors. 

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1354889/Kermit-Gosnell-House-horrors-abortionist-1-8m-year.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=622936673 Mita Pogue

    Not to mention the women Gosnell killed or almost killed.

  • http://twitter.com/lifehaspurpose Radiance Foundation

    When you’re a lie wrapped inside a lie, wrapped inside a lie, the truth is a foreign and obscured thing. You can’t expect any mainstream news media to actually do…wait, what is that called…oh, journalism. Great post Paul. 

  • JB

    It just goes to show that the amount of deaths due to illegal abortions were not that different than that of legal abortions.  If anything causes the number of deaths from abortion to go down it will be improvements in medical technology, not abortion being legal. 

    The numbers say a lot, the fact that there were only 39 deaths prior to 1973 shows that either illegal abortions were not that dangerous or they didnt happen that frequently, either way it blows away the argument that outlawing abortion would lead to many women dying from abortion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrea-Gonzalez/100000565752082 Andrea Gonzalez

    I think They magicly froget what the medical books say so they can make there money and skip merriely along through life with out a care in the world after all they did not get the abortions