California Senator Diane Feinstein claimed, “Deaths from illegal abortions in this country ran between 200,000 and 1.2 million.” That is a Big Fat Lie.In 1972, the year before Roe v. Wade, only 39 women died as a result of injuries sustained during illegal abortion procedures in this country. And it’s not like women stopped dying afterwards. The 1972-1990 numbers below come from the CDC.
In 1960, Dr. Mary Calderone, the medical director of Planned Parenthood, wrote in the American Journal of Public Health:
“… about 90 percent of all illegal abortions are presently being done by physicians… Whatever trouble arises usually arises from self-induced abortions, which comprise approximately 8 percent, or with the very small percentage that go to some kind of non-medical abortionist… So remember…abortion, whether therapeutic or illegal, is in the main no longer dangerous, because it is being done well by physicians.”