This Former Abortion Activist Claimed 1 Million Women Died in “Back Alley Abortions.” Then He Admitted He Lied

National   |   Maria Gallagher   |   Jan 8, 2018   |   7:14PM   |   Washington, DC

“Fake news” has become a favorite pop culture phrase in 2017. But truth be told the abortion industry was actually a pioneer in the concept, blazing the way for lies and dissimulations that continue to this day.

Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a co-founder of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (later the National Abortion Rights Action League), admitted years ago that he had flat-out lied about the number of women who obtained abortions illegally in the U.S. prior to the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.

He routinely said that one million women were undergoing “back alley abortions. “He later confessed the statistic was pure fiction.

Nathanson also lied about the number of women who were dying from abortion prior to 1973. “It was always ‘5,000 to 10,000 deaths a year,’” Nathanson later said.

“I confess that I knew the figures were totally false, and I suppose the others did too if they stopped to think of it. But in the ‘morality’ of our revolution, it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics? The overriding concern was to get the laws [against abortion] eliminated, and anything within reason that had to be done was permissible,” he wrote.

Nathanson ultimately had a change of heart and became pro-life. He said in books and speeches that he was converted by the new technologies that showed the development of an unborn baby, particularly ultrasound.

But while the topics change, the fake news about abortion that he had helped originated is a pro-abortion staple. And that includes ignoring what ultrasound said to Nathanson decades ago and to us today.

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For instance, abortion activists routinely referred to an unborn child as a “blob of tissue.” The advent of modern ultrasound has thankfully put that lie to rest, since parents can now view their children smiling, crying, even giving a “thumbs up” in the womb. But still the baby is a “thing.”

Another abortion industry falsehood is that women who undergo abortions are making a freely made choice. A body of research, however, has shown that as many as 60 percent of women who have abortions have been pressured by boyfriends, husbands, parents, or other significant figures in their lives.

A national poll also showed that as many as 80 percent of women who have had abortions would have chosen life for their children, had just one person offered support for the pregnancy.

Abortion activists have also led the public to believe that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion operation, safeguards women’s health by performing mammograms. In actually, there is not a single Planned Parenthood facility in the nation that does mammograms, as numerous fact-checking articles have demonstrate.

The abortion industry was built on lies; how else to sell abortion to a reluctant public. The abortion industry continues to lie today. Only the names have been changed to exterminate the innocent.

When the truth of the grisly business is exposed…when pregnant women receive love, compassion, and support…the abortion option loses favor faster than you can say “fake news.” Note: Maria Gallagher is the Legislative Director and Political Action Committee Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and she has written and reported for various broadcast and print media outlets, including National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and AP Radio.