Ok, so I spent a little time in research to find out whether or not legalizing abortions has kept women safer. Because, while I do not like the option of abortion, I do agree with several commentators on my Facebook page that people will get them regardless of whether they are legal or not. And I don’t want women unduly harmed.
Basically, I learned that it is true that a lower percentage of women die from abortions now. At least, that seems to be the case. It is difficult to track because now that abortion is legal, it is no longer listed as a cause of death on a woman’s death certificate, like it was when abortion was illegal.
However, because there are so many more women getting abortions now that it is legal, the percent of the population of women in the US dying from abortions is higher than it was before abortion was legal.
Also there is no difference in the amount of complications caused by abortion before or after legalization because 90% of abortions before legalization were performed by medical professionals. The “Back Alley Abortion” term comes from the fact that women entered the medical facility from the alley, to keep their identity secret.
So, legalizing abortion has not made abortion safer for women.
Like several other friends wrote on my Facebook page, we need to work together as women to support each other to keep each other from getting into situations that would lead to an abortion.
This is not about shaming anyone who has had an abortion. This is about working together to find health and healing for all women. Let’s not be lied to any longer!
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Thanks for speaking to this – but not only does abortion not make women safer (since it never addresses what is laid upon women forcefully), it doesn’t speak to the dirty little secret that there is a quiet gendercide of female fetuses in the name of a woman’s right to control her body. What irony abounds: https://moreenigma.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/violenceagainstwomen/
That is so crazy – we think we are empowering our gender, and instead, we are annihilating it!