Using The Truth of Abortion’s Past to Shape Abortion’s Future

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Much of our work within the pro-life movement is reeducating people on many of the truths or myths surrounding abortion and changing the narrative that has long been ingrained in our society. Our firm belief is that if more people knew the facts, as they were, without manipulation, that knowledge would empower more people to make life-affirming decisions surrounding unplanned pregnancies.

One such myth is the idea that if abortion were to become illegal, women would be forced to resort to unsafe, at home, or back alley abortions.

People believe that overturning Roe v. Wade would put abortion-seeking women in harms way. And mainstream media sells the lie that illegal abortions have ended the lives of thousands of women, but that is far from the truth.

The current narrative surrounding the issue of abortion is being cradled by a web of lies. 

The first of these lies can be traced back to the late sixties and the founding of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL). In 2008, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, co founder of NARAL admitted they had been deceitful in skewing abortion statistics from the beginning. During a CRFB talk show interview he stated, “We claimed that between five and ten thousand women a year died of botched abortions,” he said.

“The actual figure was closer to 200 to 300 and we also claimed that there were a million illegal abortions a year in the United States and the actual figure was close to 200,000. So, we were guilty of massive deception.”

The second lie is that abortion is good for women when it is legal and safe. While the pro-choice movement has claimed that abortion is only dangerous when it is illegal, we believe abortion is inherently dangerous and fundamentally bad for women. Abortions, whether legal or not, harm women physically and emotionally, as we have outlined time and time again on our site. We even wrote explicitly on why there is no such thing as a safe abortion.

The idea that legal abortions are safer is simply untrue, even by Planned Parenthood’s own admission.

In July 1960, Dr. Mary Calderon, the medical director of Planned Parenthood, admitted that illegal abortions were, for the most part, being performed by trained professionals. She was quoted in the American Journal of Public Health saying,

“90% of illegal abortions are being done by physicians. Call them what you will, abortionists, or anything else, they are still physicians, trained as such… They must do a pretty good job if the death rate is as low as it is…  Abortion, whether therapeutic or illegal, is in the main no longer dangerous, because it is being done well by physicians.”

The third lie is built on the manipulation of the woman responsible for Roe v. Wade.

Much of the rhetoric surrounding the current abortion debate stems from the court case Roe v. Wade in which a woman named Norma McCorvey, under the pseudonym “Jane Roe,” was part of the lawsuit that decriminalized abortion. 

“Roe,” in a sense has, for decades, represented the woman “liberated” by legalized abortion. However, by the time the Supreme Court decided on the case, McCorvey had already birthed her baby and given her up for adoption. Her daughter is alive today. In fact, McCorvey has stated her “case which legalized abortion was the biggest mistake of (her) life” and that she was “dedicated to preserving the dignity of all human life.”

The truth is, we don’t need to live in the legal and political realm to change the pro-life narrative (though we do believe defunding is a pro-choice option). Save the Storks wants to meet women with love, compassion, and action, regardless of what laws are or aren’t in place.

We imagine a world where abortion is unimaginable.

Here in America, we don’t bother making drinking sewage water illegal. Instead, we give people so many other options that drinking sewage water is unimaginable. Likewise, our desire is for women to have so many options, so much knowledge, so many resources, and so much support, no one would even need to consider abortion, regardless of what was in the law books.

Because the truth about abortion’s past and deceitful history is on our side.

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