Coat Hanger Abortion Myth

We know that countries that banned abortion have seen no increase in overall maternal mortality. A recent study in Chile proves this beyond broad statistics and dispels the myth that women are irrational and would run in droves to abort their babies by whatever means are available even if it risks death, disfigurement, and disability. Not only did maternal deaths do to abortion not rise, they fell. The original numbers are close enough where I do not claim it will lower numbers, but it certainly doesn’t raise them, not in Chile, Poland, Malta, or Ireland. Abortion has for many women serious emotional consequences as well as physical complications. Pro-life laws save both women and children the devastation of abortion. The abortion advocates lied to us in the beginning. They are lying now. The truth is that we need fewer abortions and more compassion and responsibility. America can do better than abortion. From the interview in the first link:
In fact, of the 5 cases that took place in 2008, 3 were ectopic pregnancies and 2 were actually unspecified abortions, presumably attributable to clandestine abortion. Thus, a more precise statement should be that 2 out of 41 cases were attributable to complications of abortion. This means 4.87% and not more than 10% of the total maternal deaths registered that year. Moreover, due to the very low maternal mortality exhibited by Chile, it is inappropriate to use percentages to refer those causes that only have 1 or 2 cases. The risk of maternal death by abortion in Chile was 1 in 2,000,000 women at fertile age in 2008 and 1 in 4,000,000 women at fertile age in 2009. In other words and from an epidemiological perspective, when the numerators are very low, the proportions and rates are very unstable for comparison purposes because 1 or 2 cases make a big change in the proportion or rates. As discussed in our article, according to the most recent report published by Chilean National Institute of Statistics, the maternal mortality ratio for 2009 was 16.9 per 100,000 live births (43 deaths) and the figures for indirect causes (codes O99, O98), gestational hypertension and eclampsia (codes O14, O15), abortion (code O06), and other direct obstetric causes were 18 (41.9%), 11 (25.6%), 1 (2.3%) and 13 (30.2%) respectively.

14 thoughts on “Coat Hanger Abortion Myth”

  1. Real simple, life in the womb is the essence of innocence and should be protected.

    As for your post, you forgot the so called back alley abortions.

    Mike Protack

  2. Can’t believe it, but let me second Mike. When abortion is illegal, nobody is going to come forward and admit they had one.

  3. “Real simple, life in the womb is the essence of innocence”

    …and the life which harbors that womb is a promiscuous slut.

  4. Forensics do not require anyone to say anything. There is not a lot of difference between back alley abortions and front street abortions. They are the same people.

  5. What is your factual basis for saying “they are the same people”, David. How do you know this?

    It is perfectly well observable that the people who made bathtub gin and other dangerously impure alcohol during prohibition were not “the same people” who ran distilleries. It is perfectly well observable that the people who make heroin of wildly varying purity are not Bayer, who coined the term “heroin” has a trademark.

    It is simple arrant nonsense to believe that black markets provide goods and services of the same quality and safety as regulated legal markets. There is absolutely nothing, David, that supports your statement above other than your mere wish that abortion were somehow an exception to this rule.

    Now, your presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, for several years used to tell people about the woman in his family who died from an illegal abortion. Are you calling Mitt Romney a liar, David?

  6. History shows it to be true. Look at the record of the abortionists. Basically, it is the shady doctor or medical person who cares only money who does it quietly. Rational people don’t exactly go to Jane who pierces ears to get their insides fiddled and their baby ripped out. You don’t stay in business more than a couple of people if you can’t do it.

    The statistics in the study illustrate there is no increase in mortality from abortion by banning them. U. S. history shows something similar. Abortions are marginally more dangerous, but you get a lot fewer of them so you actually get fewer problems.

    The second myth is that women will run to some back alley and craw over the bloody bodies of other women to get their turn. Women are not stupid.

    If there is no abortion, women and men will behave more responsibly. Less casual, unprotected sex is a side affect. You may actually think that I may make a baby with this person first or use birth control.

  7. “If there is no abortion, women and men will behave more responsibly. Less casual, unprotected sex is a side affect.”

    This is standard “thinking” among people who still haven’t accepted the birth control pill.

    Interesting that the unborn fetus performs double duty for anti-abortion people: Both essense of innocence and suitable punishment for having sex.

    You people are cretins.

  8. Coat hanger abortions were performed in hospitals by trained and honorable doctors.

    No one got an abortion with a coat hanger. When abortion was “illegal” you could still get one if your pregnancy was complicated to the point of being dangerous.

    What women did was take a coat hanger, stick in inside them to puncture the sac the baby lives in, and then get rushed to the emergency room where an abortion was performed.

  9. Let’s hear from an emergency room doctor from NYC on what is and what is not a “myth”:

    June 3, 2008
    Essay
    Repairing the Damage, Before Roe
    By WALDO L. FIELDING, M.D.

    With the Supreme Court becoming more conservative, many people who support women’s right to choose an abortion fear that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that gave them that right, is in danger of being swept aside.

    When such fears arise, we often hear about the pre-Roe “bad old days.” Yet there are few physicians today who can relate to them from personal experience. I can.

    I am a retired gynecologist, in my mid-80s. My early formal training in my specialty was spent in New York City, from 1948 to 1953, in two of the city’s large municipal hospitals.

    There I saw and treated almost every complication of illegal abortion that one could conjure, done either by the patient herself or by an abortionist — often unknowing, unskilled and probably uncaring. Yet the patient never told us who did the work, or where and under what conditions it was performed. She was in dire need of our help to complete the process or, as frequently was the case, to correct what damage might have been done.

    The patient also did not explain why she had attempted the abortion, and we did not ask. This was a decision she made for herself, and the reasons were hers alone. Yet this much was clear: The woman had put herself at total risk, and literally did not know whether she would live or die.

    This, too, was clear: Her desperate need to terminate a pregnancy was the driving force behind the selection of any method available.

    The familiar symbol of illegal abortion is the infamous “coat hanger” — which may be the symbol, but is in no way a myth. In my years in New York, several women arrived with a hanger still in place. Whoever put it in — perhaps the patient herself — found it trapped in the cervix and could not remove it.

    We did not have ultrasound, CT scans or any of the now accepted radiology techniques. The woman was placed under anesthesia, and as we removed the metal piece we held our breath, because we could not tell whether the hanger had gone through the uterus into the abdominal cavity. Fortunately, in the cases I saw, it had not.

    However, not simply coat hangers were used.

    Almost any implement you can imagine had been and was used to start an abortion — darning needles, crochet hooks, cut-glass salt shakers, soda bottles, sometimes intact, sometimes with the top broken off.

    Another method that I did not encounter, but heard about from colleagues in other hospitals, was a soap solution forced through the cervical canal with a syringe. This could cause almost immediate death if a bubble in the solution entered a blood vessel and was transported to the heart.

    The worst case I saw, and one I hope no one else will ever have to face, was that of a nurse who was admitted with what looked like a partly delivered umbilical cord. Yet as soon as we examined her, we realized that what we thought was the cord was in fact part of her intestine, which had been hooked and torn by whatever implement had been used in the abortion. It took six hours of surgery to remove the infected uterus and ovaries and repair the part of the bowel that was still functional.

    It is important to remember that Roe v. Wade did not mean that abortions could be performed. They have always been done, dating from ancient Greek days.

    What Roe said was that ending a pregnancy could be carried out by medical personnel, in a medically accepted setting, thus conferring on women, finally, the full rights of first-class citizens — and freeing their doctors to treat them as such.

    Waldo L. Fielding was an obstetrician and gynecologist in Boston for 38 years. He is the author of “Pregnancy: The Best State of the Union” (Thomas Y. Crowell, 1971).

  10. “If there is no abortion, women and men will behave more responsibly.”

    There is no evidence to suggest that would be result David. In fact there are centuries of procreation that suggest men and women will continue to have sex, whether or not they are married.

    “Less casual, unprotected sex is a side affect.”

    And the desired outcome of this would be a decrease in unwanted pregnancy, which you and your far right patriots continue to ignore in favor of railing against abortion. If only would you and your would expend equal effort on eliminating unwanted pregnancy, with no opposition from the evil “libruls,” you would achieve more than you ever hope to achieve by all the wailing and beating of the breast that goes on about abortion.

    Where is your advocacy for leaving no stone unturned in quest to eliminate unwanted pregnancy. Condoms in schools, sex education, condoms dispensers in restrooms. I don’t care what it takes and neither should you. Yet you remain silent believing that men and woman can be convinced not to have sex, when for thousands of years they’ve been doing it with joyful eagerness.

    You want a winning theme? Delcare war on unwanted pregnancies and use every means at society’s disposal to eliminate it.

  11. The ‘coathanger abortion’ is just another one of the endless lies promoted by the professional left. It’s what they do, because it’s all they have.

  12. Rick: Try reading the other comments before pontificating. I’m certain Dr. Fielding has more experience in this field than you do.

    Carry on, though. I enjoy conservatives illustrating not just their ignorance, but their refusal to even read things they disagree with.

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