A new pro-abortion video is making its rounds in the liberal media this week as it attempts to “myth-bust” the dangers of abortion.
The video parodies the show “Mythbusters” and comes from the pro-abortion group Lady Parts Justice League, the Huffington Post reports.
In it, abortionist Willie Parker attempts to dispel so-called “myths” about the dangers of abortion, but some of the things Parker says are pretty obviously wrong. They almost are laughable, until you consider that there are people who actually believe him.
For example, when asked about surgical abortions, Parker claims, “90 percent of all abortions occur in the first trimester, and there’s no cutting of any kind.”
Huh. According to the Mayo Clinic, a surgical abortion typically involves “a vacuum device, a syringe or a spoon-shaped instrument with a sharp edge.” What are sharp tools used for, Dr. Parker?
This is how former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino describes the most common first-trimester abortion procedure:
A suction, or aspiration, D&C abortion is performed in-clinic. … An abortionist uses metal rods or medication to dilate the woman’s cervix and gain access to the uterus, where the baby resides. The abortionist then inserts a suction catheter to vacuum the child from the womb. The suction machine has a force approximately 10 to 20 times the force of a household vacuum cleaner. The procedure is completed as the abortionist uses a sharp metal device called a curette to empty the remains of the child from the mother’s uterus.
Parker also makes several claims about the safety of abortion, but he doesn’t cite any sources or studies to back up these claims. Viewers just have to take his word because he’s a doctor. How do they know this?
“Because it says so on my coat,” he says, pointing to the title embroidered on his lab coat.
First, Parker claims that abortion drugs are safer than using Viagra and surgical abortions are “seven times” safer than a colonoscopy. At another point, he claims, “There’s no link between abortion and depression or infertility.”
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Numerous studies show otherwise. As LifeNews previously reported, during the first six months after an early abortion (12 weeks or less), studies have found that a woman has double the risk of death compared to giving birth; and during the first year following a late abortion (after 12 weeks) a woman has more than three times the risk of death compared to giving birth.
Additionally, since abortion complications are largely under-reported, there is no way for data to accurately show information concerning the safety of abortion compared to childbirth, colonoscopies or any other procedure.
Furthermore, hospital emergency rooms, not abortion facilities, usually handle serious health complications arising from abortion that threaten the life of the woman. And women’s deaths from abortion-related complications often are reported as maternal deaths, rather than abortion-related deaths.
As to Parker’s assertion that there are no links whatsoever between abortion and depression, several recent peer-reviewed studies show just how wrong he is.
One extensive study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found an 81-percent increased risk of mental health problems among women who had an abortion, CBS News reported in 2011. According to the study, women who had abortions were 37 percent more likely to experience depression.
Another 2013 study in the journal “Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences” found a similar link between abortion and depression. These are just two examples.
Dozens of studies also have shown links between abortion and increased risks of infertility, future preterm births and low birth weight, miscarriage, depression and anxiety, substance abuse and suicide.
But even if Parker is right (he isn’t) that an abortion is super safe for women, it never is safe babies in the womb.