Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton falsely claimed that women will die because of pro-life laws at a meeting last week with pro-abortion groups in California.
The former first lady made the claim while advocating for a proposed state constitutional amendment, Proposition 1, which is on the ballot in November, KRON News 4 reports. Planned Parenthood, NARAL and other pro-abortion groups organized the event in San Francisco.
“This issue about access to abortion and contraception are issues that go right to the heart,” Clinton said.
While Clinton, a Democrat, acknowledged that abortion on demand is legal in California, she said the situation could change as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which allows states to protect unborn babies from abortion. She claimed that without the amendment, California could pass laws that restrict or ban abortion and endanger women’s lives.
“Eventually it will cause a reaction but how many women have to die or be terribly mistreated in order to change these laws,” she said, according to the report.
However, contrary to Clinton’s claims, pro-life laws save lives. It actually is the proposed amendment that would put women’s and unborn babies’ lives in jeopardy.
Proposition 1 would enshrine the “right” to abort an unborn baby for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy into its state constitution. If it passes, pro-life leaders warn that California will become like North Korea and China where late-term abortions are legal for totally elective reasons — even when the mother’s health is not in danger and the baby is viable and healthy.
No women have died as a result of Dobbs in the past 100-plus days or the Texas heartbeat law, which went into effect more than a year ago.
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Meanwhile, doctors across the country confirm that pro-life laws are saving lives.
During a U.S. House hearing in September, Dr. Monique Chireau Wubbenhorst, a prominent OB-GYN, pushed back against Democrats’ claims that abortion is health care, saying the overturning of Roe v. Wade will save women’s and children’s lives.
“Abortion not only poses risk to the mother. It is always lethal to an unborn child. It is my opinion that abortion is not health care,” Wubbenhorst told lawmakers, adding, “The goal of any abortion is … to kill the embryo or fetus, which is a human being.”
Pregnancy always involves caring for two patients: the mother and her unborn child “because the fetus is indeed a patient,” Wubbenhorst continued. She mentioned fetal surgeries as one example, noting how physicians have performed surgeries on babies in the womb as early as 15 weeks gestation.
Abortions are not health care, and very few doctors perform them. What’s more, pro-life laws always allow exceptions in the very rare cases when a pregnant woman’s life is at risk. And contrary to abortion activists’ claims, abortion bans allow life-saving treatments for miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies – something even a Planned Parenthood abortionist confirmed this fall.
Other medical experts have been refuting claims that abortions are safer than childbirth. In a column at The Federalist recently, Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie, a radiology specialist in Florida, pointed to studies that show abortions are more dangerous than childbirth for mothers as well as their unborn babies.
A Finnish study, for example, found that women are four times more likely to die in the year following abortion than women who give birth. In fact, women who had given birth had a lower death rate than women who had not been pregnant at all. Closer to home, a study using a complete data set recovered from California state insurance records showed twice as many women died in the two years after an abortion than after a birth (see table 1 of page 2). Causes of death in these post-abortive women included complications from the procedure — sepsis and hemorrhage, for example — though the most common causes were “indirect”: suicide, homicide, overdose, and other risk-taking behaviors.
So, when pro-abortion activists say, “childbirth is vastly more dangerous than abortion,” they don’t have the data to support it.
Wubbenhorst, a former U.S. Agency for International Development official and professor at Duke University School of Medicine, told lawmakers in September that legalizing abortion does not reduce maternal mortality.
“… until recently in countries where abortion was criminalized and prohibited, I’m thinking particularly of Chile, Ireland and, I think, Cyprus had the lowest rates of maternal mortality in the world. For several years consecutively, Ireland had zero maternal mortality at a time when abortion was completely illegal,” Wubbenhorst said.
Pro-life laws save mothers’ and babies’ lives. SBA Pro-Life America estimates approximately 200,000 unborn babies will be saved from abortions every year as a result of the pro-life laws that are in effect or soon may be in effect, pending legal challenges.
Polls consistently show that Americans support laws that protect unborn babies from late-term abortions.
A July poll from Harris/Harvard University found 72 percent of Americans support banning abortions after 15 weeks and 49 percent support heartbeat laws that ban abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks. A recent Associated Press poll similarly found strong public support for abortion limits after the first trimester, including 80 percent who believe abortions should be banned in the third trimester.
If the amendment passes, however, California no longer would have any limits on abortion.
California abortion facilities reported 132,680 abortions in 2017, according to the Guttmacher Institute.