By WND. The repeated claim by the president of Planned Parenthood that “thousands” of women died before the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling because they lacked access to safe abortion is a “big lie” that was spread by activists a half century ago, according to a co-founder of the leading pro-abortion group NARAL.
In a 1990 interview with WND Vice President David Kupelian, Bernard Nathanson, M.D., who once was head of the nation’s largest abortion clinic, observed that “repeating the big lie often enough convinces the public.”
He said that he and other abortion activists prior to the Roe decision “constantly fed to the media” the figure of 10,000 women dying annually from illegal abortions. The actual figure, he said, was about 200 to 250 annually. . .
Last week, nevertheless, in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen said: “We’re not going to go back in time to a time before Roe when thousands of women died every year because they didn’t have access to essential health care.”
In his Washington Post fact-check column, Glenn Kessler rated Wen’s claim with “Four Pinocchios,” writing that “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.” (Read more from “Planned Parenthood Spreads Their Biggest Lie of All” HERE)
Washington Post Gives ‘4 Pinocchios’ to Planned Parenthood President for False Abortion Claim
By Fox News. The president of Planned Parenthood has repeatedly spread a false claim about “thousands” of women who died due to a lack of safe abortion access before the Roe v. Wade decision, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
“We’re not going to go back in time to a time before Roe when thousands of women died every year because they didn’t have access to essential health care,” said Dr. Leana Wen on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” last week. . .
Before Roe v. Wade, thousands of women died every year — and because of extreme attacks on safe, legal abortion care, this could happen again right here in America. #WeWontGoBack https://t.co/9orqLaif0J
— Leana Wen, M.D. (@DrLeanaWen) April 24, 2019
In a fact-check piece, Glenn Kessler rated the claim with “Four Pinocchios,” writing that Wen’s statements were “derived from data that is decades old.”
“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,” Kessler wrote, adding that abortion advocates “hurt their cause” with such unproven claims.
He added that the information was “debunked in 1969 — 50 years ago — by a statistician celebrated by Planned Parenthood,” and that the claim relies on statistics from before antibiotics were being used, when fatal complications were far more likely. (Read more from “Washington Post Gives ‘4 Pinocchios’ to Planned Parenthood President for False Abortion Claim” HERE)