The Washington Publish’s truth checker has given Deliberate Parenthood’s president Dr. Leana Wen a ranking of “four Pinocchios”—that means she perpetuated a significant falsehood—for repeatedly referencing a deceptive stat about abortion. On a number of current events, Wen has mentioned that earlier than the Roe v. Wade choice, hundreds of ladies died yearly due to unsafe abortions.
Nonetheless, after an intensive dive into the details, The Publish discovered: “Even given the fuzzy nature of the data and estimates, there is no evidence that in the years immediately preceding the Supreme Court’s decision, thousands of women died every year in the United States from illegal abortions.”
The Publish suggests Dr. Wen is aware of this. The stats they reference are so previous they predate antibiotics. And, the details the researchers used to reach on the numbers (a few of them relationship again to the 1930s) have been basically tough, considerably educated guesses.
“Wen is a doctor, and [the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists] is made up of doctors. They should know better than to peddle statistics based on data that predates the advent of antibiotics,” The Publish mentioned.
In a 2014 coverage assertion, the American School of Obstetricians and Gynecologists mentioned, “It is estimated that before 1973, 1.2 million U.S. women resorted to illegal abortion each year and that unsafe abortions caused as many as 5,000 annual deaths.”
Dr. Wen has gone so far as to say, “Before Roe v. Wade, thousands of women died every year — and because of extreme attacks on safe, legal abortion care, this could happen again right here in America.”
Nonetheless, this too lacks proof to assist.
Stanley Henshaw, an expert researcher on the Guttmacher Institute (which, The Publish notes, “favors abortion rights”) advised The Publish, “In my opinion, if Roe v. Wade were overturned, women would turn to relatively safe medications that can be purchased over the internet.”
The Publish concluded their findings saying, “Advocates hurt their cause when they use figures that do not withstand scrutiny. These numbers were debunked in 1969 — 50 years ago — by a statistician celebrated by Planned Parenthood. There’s no reason to use them today.”