The Point: Planned Parenthood’s False Claim

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I talk a lot about zombie arguments. No matter how many times they are debunked and put in the grave, these arguments are still used over and over.

Here’s one Planned Parenthood keeps using: Before Roe v Wade, “thousands of women died every year” from botched, illegal abortions.

It’s a nice stat. But as the Washington Post reports, it is a “false claim.” Let that sink in. The Washington Post, a radically pro-abortion newspaper, is giving Planned Parenthood and its president Leana Wen four Pinocchios for this whopper.

I encourage you to read the article. Before the advent of antibiotics, say back in the 1930s, thousands of women may have died each year. But even that isn’t clear. But by 1972, the year before Roe, the CDC reported 24 deaths from legal abortions, and 39 by illegal abortions.

So, the Post concludes, there’s no reason to use this debunked argument.

Unless you’re Planned Parenthood, which has never let the facts get in the way of its ideology.

 

 

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