FALSE: “Thousands of Women Died in Back Alley Abortions Before Roe v. Wade”

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The following article was published by Right to Life of Michigan and posted  on th Life News website.  It highlights  just one of the many lies that Planned Parenthood has disseminated since Margaret Sanger founded this diabolical organization.

So much of the abortion debate is based on myths, bad assumptions, bad logic, or outright gaslighting through deception. For the rest of 2019 we will highlight one common abortion myth every month.

2: Millions of women died in back alley abortions.

The bottom line: Using false numbers and tactics of fearmongering to keep abortion legal does not benefit women.

Comments made this year by Leana Wen, the former president of Planned Parenthood, are an example of this myth in action. She stated:

“Before Roe v. Wade, thousands of women died every year.”

The Washington Post, which is by no means a prolife outlet, pointed out the falsity of such comments: “Even given the fuzzy nature of the data and estimates, there is no evidence that in the years immediately preceding the Supreme Court’s decision, thousands of women died every year in the United States from illegal abortions.”

Back-alley abortions were not as prevalent as they were claimed to be. Frightful stories of coat-hanger abortions are used by pro-abortion advocates to fearmonger and persuade public opinion in favor of keeping abortion legal. Abortion supporters frequently argue that having abortion be “safe, legal, and rare” would be better than the occurrence of dangerous, illegal, and back-alley operations.

Bernard Nathanson, a former abortionist and the co-founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL Pro-Choice America), was an early propagator of the back-alley abortion myth. Concerning the use of statistics of 5,000 to 10,000 deaths a year, Nathanson stated,

“I confess that I knew the figures were totally false, and I suppose the others did too if they stopped to think of it. But in the ‘morality’ of our revolution, it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics? The overriding concern was to get the laws eliminated, and anything within reason that had to be done was permissible.”

The mental image of abortions accomplished with a coat hanger or the use of other unsanitary and gruesome manners to rid the child from the mother’s womb are useful to move audiences. However, those were generally not the practices used in the illegal abortions obtained before 1973. Nor was it unlicensed, ill-equipped quacks who were performing abortions prior to 1973. In 1960, Mary Calderone, a former medical director of Planned Parenthood, stated that nearly 90% of illegal abortions were performed by physicians in good-standing.

Abortions were not safe for women before 1973, yet neither have they been safe for women after the nationwide legalization of abortion. When considering historical and current abortion data, the logic of legalizing a practice in order to make it safe is empty.

Statistics reported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) demonstrate that fatalities of women who received illegal abortions do not add up to the thousands or millions of deaths claimed by pro-choice advocates. In 1972, the year before the legalization of abortion in the United States, the CDC reported that 39 women died from illegal abortion and 24 died from legal abortion.

In 1973, the CDC reported 19 women died from illegal abortion procedures and 25 women died due to legal abortion procedures. Legalizing abortion did not lead to a dramatic drop in women’s deaths. In fact, the most impressive drop in abortion mortality was connected to the invention and widespread distribution of antibiotics, which occurred years prior to the legalization of abortion. Before antibiotics, childbirth and any type of surgery was extremely dangerous relative to today.

Life News article continues here

Blogger’s note:  In an adult evening college class, the subject of abortion was brought up for debate.  A young man stated that prior to Roe v Wade, 25,000 women died in back alley abortions.  I didn’t challenge him on that figure since I had no knowledge of the veracity of his statistic.  In a moment of clarity, I spoke up and told him his figures were wrong.  He asked why his number of deaths was incorrect.  I said,  “It was 50,000, not 25,000….you forgot the babies.  Needless to say he was speechless.

 

 

 

 

Pro-Life Novena by Archbishop Fulton Sheen

 

Recently, the Vatican has approved a pro-life miracle attributed to Archbishop Fulton J Sheen.

He wrote a very powerful novena that is to be prayed for a successful nine months straight

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby [baby’s name] that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion. Amen.

Spiritually adopting a baby in danger of abortion has been a way to remind our family that 2,899 babies die every day by surgical abortion—a number that doesn’t even reflect chemical abortions—and most never receive a name.

Help Students from Archdiocesan High Schools Attend National Conference and March for Life

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Eighty high school students in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be attending the annual March for Life on Jan. 24, 2020 and the annual conference of Students for Life the following day, thanks to the national organization’s $6,000 grant to the archdiocesan Office for Life and Family.

Students for Life aims to educate teenagers and young adults on “the violence of abortion, create new pro-lifers and transform campuses into places that support pregnant and parenting students,” according to its website.

Now a crowd funding effort by the archdiocesan office seeks to raise an additional $15,000 to send up to 200 more students for the events.

Visit the website GiveSendGo and help raise awareness of the sanctity of human life among young people by making a donation here.

March for Life Pilgrimage with Students for Life President

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The following is from the Facebook status of Students for Life President Kristan Mercer Hawkins.

Are you thinking of coming to the March for Life and National Pro-Life Summit but worried about logistics? Have no fear! Sign up to join the Students for Life Supporter Pilgrimage to the March, and our travel company will do all of the work for you! Use promo code: Life_2020 for $300 off right now!

More info here

Ohio Bill Would Ban Abortions, Declare Unborn Babies Human Beings Under Law

“The time for regulating evil and compromise is over,” Ohio State Rep. Candace Keller 

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Micaiah Bilger of Life News reported on a recent bill that would ban all abortions in Ohio.  

A new Ohio bill would protect unborn babies in the state by banning all abortions.
WCBE News reports the bill would recognize unborn babies as valuable humans beings from the moment of conception and provide them with the same protections afforded to born human beings under the law.

Sponsored by state Reps. Ron Hood and Candice Keller, House Bill 413 would allow doctors to be charged with murder for aborting an unborn baby.

The Stamford Advocate reports the bill allows exceptions for when the mother’s life is at risk. In those cases, doctors would not be prosecuted even if the treatment “unintentionally result in the termination of a pregnancy.”

“The time for regulating evil and compromise is over,” Keller said in a statement. “The time has come to abolish abortion in its entirety and recognize that each individual has the inviolable and inalienable right to life. Only respect for life can be the foundation of a free society that promotes peace, justice and integrity.”

Hood said they want to end abortion, not limit it.

“[Legislators] have decided which classes of people have a right to life by creating exceptions to abortion, which is tantamount to creating exceptions for pre-meditated murder,” he said in a statement.

The pro-life Republican lawmakers announced the bill Thursday. It has 21 co-sponsors in the Ohio House, though it is not clear if there would be enough votes in the state legislature to become law, according to City Beat.

Even if the bill passes, abortion activists certainly would challenge it. In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court prohibited states from banning abortions prior to viability under Roe v. Wade.

Life News article continues here

March with Seminarians from St. Charles in DC

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The following is from Steve Bozza, Director of Life and Family Office of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He shares information on the seminary leading the contingent from Philadelphia participating in the annual March for Life on Friday, January 24th. 

Dear Bus Captains and Pilgrims,

As you know, The March for Life will take place on Friday, January 24, 2020.
You are all invited to march together with our St. Charles Seminarians who will be leading the way! Attached to this email are information about our meeting place and planning details.

Also attached is registration information to obtain your parking permits for your bus to park at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

If you choose, you can register on line for the permits and send the parking permit fee separately. I hope that this will be helpful.  If you have any questions, please call the Office for Life and Family at 215-587-0500 or email us at cdoughty@archphila.org.

Thanks so much and I look forward to marching together with you and our seminarians.

Blessings,
Steve Bozza

Please Join Us for a Public Witness Against the Presentation of the Liberty Medal to Former Justice Anthony Kennedy This Sunday, Oct 27th

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At 5:00 pm on October 27th, Justice Kennedy is receiving this prestigious award.  The presenters of this award cite Kennedy’s decisive vote, on June 28, 1992 in Casey v. Planned Parenthood to keep killing children in the womb as a ‘constitutional right’ as a primary reason for this award.  Kennedy’s decision has resulted in the intentional killing of millions of innocent children in the womb by abortion.

Thus, this award is a celebration of killing children n the womb by abortion.  This award also celebrates Kennedy’s bizarre and deadly opinion in Casey that distorted liberty into license by arguing, ‘at the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence..,” which effectively means, Might makes Right.  Christopher West’s devastating critique of Kennedy’s reasoning in Casey is available here.

This public witness will feature abortion victim photos, speeches and literature distribution.

For additional information, contact Mike McMonagle, President of the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania at paprolifecoalition@gmail.com 

Unplanned Movie to be Shown in 40 Churches this Coming Weekend in Waco, Texas Area

The following is from John Pisciotta, Director, Pro-life Waco.  If you live in Waco and haven’t had the opportunity to see this movie, there are many churches in the area showing the film on Friday, October 25th, Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th. 

 

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Unprecedented showing of Unplanned Movie in churches October 25/26/27

A weekend showing of the Unplanned movie in over 40 churches in the Waco area. Wow, even more Central Texans will learn about the Abby Johnson conversion story and see realities of first trimester abortion.

This is the culmination of the work of over three months of the Central Texas Pro-Life Alliance. The alliance includes the Republican Club of McLennan County, the Republican Women’s Club of McLennan County, CareNet Pregnancy Center of Central Texas, Pro-Life Waco, 40 Days for Life Waco, and Church of the Open Door. This graphic is the top part of the full-page ad that appeared Sunday, October 20 in the Waco Tribune Herald.

The whole add can be found in the file below. To see if your church is showing the Unplanned movie, and to find times and locations for these churches go to www.40DaysforLife.com/Waco.

Start inviting your friends to take advantage of this opportunity. Unplanned is a game changer in the battle for preborn babies in the womb and for their moms.

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Abortion: Making it unthinkable

I currently am reading Fall and Rise, the Story of 9/11 by Mitchell Zuckoff.  Within the first few pages I came upon these words  “ Yet with time, the unthinkable often becomes acceptable.”  Mr. Zuckoff’s point in relation to the 9/11 attacks, was that immediately after the disaster New Yorkers could not conceive of any type of public celebratory event.   But when the New York Giants won the Superbowl in 2008 – seven years later – a ticker-tape parade took place, thereby signaling that things were getting back to “normal”.   The horrendous events of that day now were becoming history.

As soon as I read those words, abortion came to mind.  Abortion was unthinkable and the word itself was not even spoken aloud generations ago.  However as time marched on, the word abortion entered our daily lexicon and ultimately became celebrated as a reproductive right.  Taking a child’s life is now acceptable or normal – at least to much of mainstream society.  Roe v Wade is read about in history books – all cleaned up as a legal argument without a mention of the millions of heartbeats that have been stopped decade after decade in the name of personal choice and rights.

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But perhaps during this Fall 2019 40 Days for Life campaign, we can turn the phrase around to envision that for which we strive.   Perhaps with continued prayer over time the right to an abortion will become unthinkable.  Perhaps a universal light bulb will go off with the realization that abortion is child abuse in its most gruesome form.  Perhaps those who continue their misguided fight for abortion rights will realize how morally bankrupt a society is that allows and celebrates any type of harm to innocent children. The struggle against abortion can seem endless at times but we need to remember that the unthinkable – a world without abortion – can become acceptable with our participation, prayer and God’s help.

To get involved in making a world without abortion acceptable, visit the 40 Days for Life website and sign up for a local vigil campaign near you.

Ancient Pagan Ritual of Child Sacrifice Still Practiced Today by Planned Parenthood

The following commentary was originally posted in Voices for the Unborn blog. As the 40 Days for Life Fall campaign begins, please join with intercessors worldwide to pray for mothers to choose life for their unborn babies and an end to abortion. Terry Noble, Voices for Life

“Almost all of us would cringe at thought of sacrificing a person’s life for the purpose of appeasing the gods. Modern society associates the phrase “human sacrifice” with brutal, demonic, or satanic rituals. However, cultures that are considered by scholars to be highly civilized, affluent, and advanced considered human sacrifice a normal part of life.”  Excerpt from 10 Ancient Cultures Who Practiced Human Sacrifices

Planned Parenthood has become the foremost advocate for killing unborn babies. These tiny victims are sacrificed on the altar of the gods of self interests, career, convenience and materialism. Also, many women are pressured to abort their unborn baby by their boyfriend, husband, family and friends. Planned Parenthood welcomes pregnant women with offering their ‘best’ solution to their unwanted or crisis pregnancy….abortion.

“They did not destroy the peoples as the Lord had commanded them, but they mingled with the nations and adopted their customs. They worshiped their idols, which became a snare to them. They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to false gods. They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood.”  Psalm 106:34-38

Moloch: Canaanite Ancient Pagan God
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The 12th-century Rashi, [Rabbi] commenting on Jeremiah 7:31 stated:
“Tophet is Moloch, which was made of brass; and they heated him from his lower parts; and his hands being stretched out, and made hot, they put the child between his hands, and it was burnt; when it vehemently cried out; but the priests beat a drum, that the father might not hear the voice of his son, and his heart might not be moved.”

The cries of babies in the womb may never be heard by the abortionist, but their cries reach the heart of their Creator who loves them as they die in excruciating pain.

It’s been said man cannot legislate morality. The 1972 Supreme Court Roe v Wade decision ‘legislated’ immorality. This immoral ruling has led to the killing of over 60 million unborn children.  

We are on a slippery slope into a bottomless pit of inhumanity. Down Syndrome infants, disabled infants and adults, mentally ill and frail elderly now join unborn babies as targets of godless members of the medical community that vowed to ‘first do no harm’. Read Doctor’s death sentence by starvation for newborn infant. When man becomes God and determines who should live and who should die, we are all at risk.

“Choice” has replaced God and His laws with moral relativism. For Planned Parenthood and those who support abortion, God’s laws are irrelevant. They ignore His precepts at their own peril. Like ancient pagan civilizations who no longer exist, Planned Parenthood and all who perform and support abortion have sealed their own fate. 

Those who support the sanctity of life are on the side of Truth, the Creator of all life, the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who support the abominable practice of abortion are on Satan’s side, the father of lies who comes to “steal, kill and destroy.” Without accepting Christ as their Savior and sincere repentance for their sins, there is no hope of redemption for their souls.

“For the weapons of out warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God…” 2 Corinthians 10-4