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Roe v Wade: A Blessing or a Curse for Women? Part 1 of 2

Susan B. Anthony


Roe v Wade: A Blessing or a Curse for Women? Part 1 of 2

In this article I challenge the narrative that the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision of 1973 made abortions legal and therefore safe, and that the abortion industry is truly for women’s choice even if that choice is to choose life.

Did Roe v Wade really make abortions 100 percent safe for women?

The "Pro-Choice" advocates like to emphasize that since Roe v Wade that abortions are indeed safe, and any complications are just minor. But is that really true?

The widespread belief perpetuated by Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocates is that before Roe v Wade the death toll of women from botched illegal abortions was in epidemic proportions even though it was impossible to know the exact number of deaths, since many of these deaths probably weren’t reported. Bernard Nathanson, a former abortion clinic doctor who in 1969 cofounded the group NARAL (National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws) Pro-Choice America who is now Pro-Life in his book Aborting America (1979) confessed that NARAL’s reports of 5,000 to 10,000 deaths a year were totally false. Furthermore, the National Center for Health Statistics listed 235 deaths from abortion in 1965, however, mortality from illegal abortions was likely more than that figure, but less than 1,000. (1)

The "Pro-Choice" advocates like to emphasize that since Roe v Wade that abortions are indeed safe, and any complications are just minor. But is that really true? Back in February of 1992 I took a trip to Hawaii with some friends. One evening when we were having a conversation one of our fellow travelers told us that her sister had died from a post Roe v Wade so-called "Legal and thus Safe" abortion. This is not the only incident of death due to a botched so-called "safe and thus legal" abortion, you can check out the links below. Warning: Just because something is legal does not guarantee that it is 100% safe. Like in all surgeries, abortion has its risks. (2)

Did Roe v Wade really give women free choice or are women being coerced to have abortions against their will?

Doesn't a choice require more than one option?

In Doe v Bolton , a companion piece with Roe v Wade, that originated in Georgia was approved by the Supreme Court. It removed the restrictions a state might place on when an abortion could be performed and allowed for abortion at any stage to protect the "mother's health" aka Partial Birth Abortion. The woman who "acclaimed to be" behind this law, Sandra Cano, was duped and used by her lawyers. She never wanted to have an abortion. She never personally testified in court in the original case but that didn't matter because her appeal to the Supreme Court in 2006 was refused and dismissed by the Supreme Court. The reaction from the “Women’s Rights” group on this decision: Silence. The winners of this decision: sexually predatory men, those covering up sexual abuse and incest, and Human Traffickers who coercive women into prostitution and pornography.

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Abortion proponents trivialize the problem of coerced abortion as a "myth". Think Progress's Tara Culp-Ressler in her recently published article "Anti-Choice Activists Use Myth of 'Coerced Abortion' to Push for Restricting Women's Rights" claim that the proposal to protect women force to experience abortion is just "creating" a problem where none exists. Does she have cognitive dissonance? I’ll let you decide if you want to believe her or those women who have told their stories of forced abortions.

There have been times when women have been forced to have an abortion such as when a man refuses to pay for child support or threatens to leave a woman unless she has an abortion, a family who wants to keep secret the sexual abuse of their daughter by her father or other family member, or a pimp/madam that doesn't want to lose a profit because his/her “employee” became pregnant. I leave the reader with one question: Doesn't a choice require more than one option? (3)


For more information on this topic, please check out the following references:

Before <em>Roe</em> v. <em>Wade</em>, did 10,000 women a year die from illegal abortions? - The Straight Dope (1)

Medical Examiner Confirms Woman Died From Heart Attack After Botched Abortion - (2) (3)

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Rebecca Fahlin Freelance Copywriter

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