Debunks Abortion Mortality Myths

104/483 16 Feb 89 23:00:00
From:   Don Martin
To:     All
Subj:   Abortion Mortality
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 * Original to All @ 1:103/302 in CONSUMER_REPORT
 * Forwarded Mon Feb 19 1990  11:30:44 by Rick Ellis @ 1:103/302

   We have lately been treated to some pretty horrifying
statistics, drawn apparently from statisticians whose intent was
to horrify, on the subject of abortion.  Here is a little table I
cam across while looking for something else in Andrews and McMeel,
<>, page 220.
 
 
   Mortality Rates From Legal Abortion and Childbirth, expressed
   as maternal deaths per 100,000 abortions and per 100,000 live
   births, according to the Center for Disease Control; Alan
   Guttmacher Institute.
   
   Year               Abortions             Births
   ================================================
   1970                 19.0                 16.0
   1971                 11.0                 14.9
   1972                  4.1                 15.2
   1973                  3.4                 12.5
   1974                  2.9                 12.4
   1975                  2.8                 10.3
   1976                  0.9                 10.2
   1977                  1.3                  9.8
   1978                  0.6                  9.7
   1979                  1.2                  8.0
   1980                  0.6                  7.5
   1981                  0.4                  7.2
   1982                  0.8                  7.9
   1983                  0.7                  8.0
 
   It would appear, then, that contrary to what we have been told,
the last year in which it was more dangerous for the mother to
have an abortion than a little bundle of joy was 1970--three years
before Roe vs Wade; more recently she improves her chances about
tenfold of biting the big one if she chooses to go to term.
   But millions will go on giving birth, despite the odds.  Men
will deceive and women will listen to them--the species is in no
great danger of perishing.
--- QuickBBS 2.63 (Eval)
 * Origin: Grand Slam! BBS (1:264/167)


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