Do we really know how many lives are destroyed by abortion every year? Probably not, says pro-life OB-GYN Dr. Freda Bush.
The number of unborn babies who are aborted every year in America is roughly 1.1 million, but the number of women who also die in the procedure is widely unknown, Bush told pro-lifers gathered at the Evangelicals for Life conference Thursday in Washington, D.C.
“Having an abortion is not just a walk in the park. Women need to be protected when it comes to their health rather than be victimized,” said Bush, a clinical instructor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a board member of American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Bush refuted abortion activists’ argument that legalized abortion protects women from unsafe abortions. She told the crowd that both surgical and medical abortions can lead to serious complications or even death; but many of the complications are not reported.
“So, we really don’t know how many abortions are being done, we don’t know how many people are dying of abortions because the numbers are not being kept,” Bush said. “As a matter of fact, the CDC even says that only 45 of the 50 states in the United States actually keep abortion records. We really don’t know how many abortions are being done in the United States and we know even less about the complications.”
Bush pointed out another problem with reporting abortion complications and deaths. Women experiencing abortion complications after they leave the abortion clinic often go to the emergency room by themselves, and many are too ashamed to say that they were having an abortion, she said.
In the past few years, LifeNews has reported several women’s deaths due to botched abortions. In 2015, a pro-life group in California learned that a woman reportedly died after a botched abortion in San Diego. In 2014, Lakisha Wilson died after a botched abortion at an Ohio facility; and 22-year-old Tonya Reaves (pictured) bled to death after a Chicago Planned Parenthood clinic botched her abortion in 2012. And these are just a few tragic cases that pro-lifers have discovered.
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Bush, who is an active physician, warned against the notion that possible complications from abortions are only minor. She explained that medical abortions and surgical abortions can cause severe bleeding, infections and other serious injuries, and asserted that abortion clinics often do not have the specialty doctors needed to handle complications and, in some cases, leave suffering women “to get to the emergency room by themselves.”
Although some might not think there is much risk to their own life when getting an abortion, Bush told of a college student in Mississippi who died simply because her parents forced her to get an abortion procedure so she could finish her education.
“She became infected, ended up becoming septic, went to the ICU, had brain injury and she was discharged eventually to a nursing home,” Bush explained. “That young lady died. It did not show up as an abortion death on the death certificate.”
Bush advised that there are more women who could have suffered a similar fate as the Mississippi college student but the world has no way of knowing how many women die from abortion complications because numbers on abortions and abortion complications are not recorded at an acceptable level.
In 2009, the Centers for Disease Control reported more than 400 women have died from legal abortions since 1973.