Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley urged Americans over the weekend to remember that abortions are “quite literally a matter of life and death.”
But Pressley is not pro-life, and she was not referring to the thousands of unborn babies who are legally and intentionally killed in abortions every day in the United States.
A pro-abortion Democrat, she ignored the fact that abortions kill unborn babies while reiterating common pro-abortion talking points about back-alley abortions in her interview with MSNBC’s “The Cross Connection.”
Pressley began by criticizing the U.S. Supreme Court for considering a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade on Dec. 1. In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, lawyers for the state of Mississippi asked the high court to overturn Roe or, at the very least, allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion by 15 weeks as most other countries do.
Though polls consistently show Americans support stronger legal protections for unborn babies, Pressley claimed overturning Roe would go “against the will of the people.”
“Abortion care is health care,” she continued. “When we have these bans, it doesn’t mean that people stop having abortions. It just means they stop doing it safely and legally. And so, this is quite literally a matter of life and death.”
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But even abortion activists admit this is not true.
There is strong evidence that pro-life laws, educational efforts and support programs do prevent abortions and save lives. Numerous studies and even pro-abortion researchers with the Guttmacher Institute and the University of California San Francisco admit that pro-life laws do prevent abortions.
“Stop saying that making abortion illegal won’t stop people from having them,” noted researcher and abortion activist Diana Greene Foster wrote in 2019. “[O]nly 48 percent of unintended pregnancies are aborted in countries where abortion is illegal compared to 69 percent where it is legal indicates that many women have to carry unwanted pregnancies to term.”
Secular Pro-Life also compiled a long list of studies, articles, quotes and other evidence showing that pro-life laws are effective in saving unborn babies’ lives. In one recent example, after the Texas heartbeat law went into effect in September, abortion groups admitted the law was stopping women from getting abortions.
As to Pressley’s claim about “life and death,” a reference to the unsafe, back-alley abortions that women supposedly would seek out if abortion becomes illegal again, research indicates this is not true either.
Even before Roe v. Wade, a Planned Parenthood leader admitted that “abortion is no longer a dangerous procedure” because of antibiotics. In 1959 in the “American Journal of Public Health,” Planned Parenthood medical director Dr. Mary Steichen Calderone explained that almost all illegal abortions were done by trained physicians, not back-alley abortionists.
Fact checkers at the Washington Post and researcher professors studying abortion in other countries have come to similar conclusions. And a former abortionist-turned pro-life advocate, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, later admitted that pro-abortion groups made up the numbers when they claimed thousands of women were dying from back-alley abortions prior to Roe.
Pressley would have been right if she had meant unborn babies in her statement. Abortion is a matter of life and death for thousands of unborn babies every day. Since 1973, about 63 million unborn babies have been killed in legal, unnecessary elective abortions. Roe v. Wade has allowed 50 years of legal violence against defenseless children in the womb, and Americans all across the country are urging the Supreme Court to end the injustice once and for all.