We have all heard the common pro-abortion talking points. Since the legalization of abortion and the rise of pro-life resistance, they have failed to come up with any new material. Those opposing abortion have made it a priority to debunk and correct the false information of the abortion industry.
The one factor pro-abortion enthusiasts truly rely on is fear. They hope women will be scared and uncertain enough to stand behind abortion access. They garner this fear with one of their biggest lies: abortion is safer for women than birth.
This is a talking point worshipped by the abortion lobby. They view it as a their ace in the hole in any abortion debate. On paper, the argument seems foolproof. In 2014 we saw a 26.6% rise in maternal deaths, with the abortion death rate being less than half that. The numbers seems to speak for themselves. If nearly 1000 women are dying from pregnancy complications and only a dozen or so from abortion complications, the only logical conclusion is that abortion is safer, right?
What the abortion lobby forgets is that you cannot compare apples to oranges. Comparisons must be between two common factors, and frankly, this comparison misses the mark.
The majority of abortions are not late term, meaning they happen prior to 20 weeks into a pregnancy. The bulk of abortions are first trimester, between 6 and 12 weeks gestation. At this stage in the pregnancy, the embryo or fetus ranges from the size of a lentil to the size of lime.
Most of these abortions are done with medication, killing the baby and allowing the mother's body to pass the remains on her own. Occasionally, the fetus will be too big for this procedure and the woman will undergo a suction abortion, having the fetus vacuumed out. The procedure is invasive and uses instruments to remove a child much smaller than that of a full-term baby.
To make a fair comparison, one would have to compare these children side by side based on their stages of development. Of course removing a lime is safer than removing a watermelon.
When we truly stand back to make a fair comparison on the dangers of birth compared to the dangers of abortion, birth ultimately wins out. Giving birth to a 6 to 12 week old fetus would be much safer than having that fetus removed or poisoned out. Although the child would not be able to survive, why should that be an issue when their death was the goal from the beginning? The same is true for late term abortions, which are incredibly invasive and highly dangerous.
Abortion has never been about women's safety. The abortion industry has always had one goal, to blur the line of ethics just enough to make abortion legal. On one side of the birth canal a human has no rights. On the other, the ethics line is harder to blur. Abortion doctors know they must ensure death happens on the right side of a woman's womb. If they were truly interested in keeping women safe, birth would be the obvious option.
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