There was no “detectable change” in the number of abortion deaths after legalization

A study showed that the legalization of abortion did not lead to a big decrease in abortion related deaths. This was not what pro-choicers claimed would happen when abortion was legalized:

“As a result, there has been no detectable change in the relative frequency of abortion-related maternal death due to induced abortion in the United States in the last 30 years. It is extremely important that there has been no significant impact on the relative frequency of abortion related maternal death due to induced abortion in the United States since the legalization of abortion.

The reason for this appears to be quite simple. While maternal death due to criminal abortion appear to be decreasing, they have been replaced, almost one for one, by maternal deaths due to legal abortion.”

Thomas W. Hilgers, M.D. and Dennis O’Hare “Abortion Related Maternal Mortality: An In-Dept Analysis” in New Perspectives on Human Abortion, ed. By Thomas W. Hilgers,  M.D. Dennis J. Horan, and David Mall (Frederick, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1981) p 84

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Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life. She lives in NJ.

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