By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director
Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Fake news has become a favorite phrase in 2017. But the fact is that, in the television age, the abortion industry was actually a pioneer in the concept.
A founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, admitted years ago that he had lied about the number of women who obtained abortions illegally in the U.S. prior to the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. He routinely said that one million women were undergoing back alley abortions. He later said the statistic was pure fiction.
Nathanson also lied about the number of women who were dying from abortion prior to 1973. "It was always '5,000 to 10,000 deaths a year,'" Nathanson later said. "I confess that I knew the figures were totally false, and I suppose the others did too if they stopped to think of it. But in the 'morality' of our revolution, it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics? The overriding concern was to get the laws [against abortion] eliminated, and anything within reason that had to be done was permissible."
Nathanson ultimately had a change of heart and became pro-life. But the fake news about abortion that he had originated continued.
For instance, abortion activists routinely referred to an unborn child as a "blob of tissue." The advent of modern Ultrasound has thankfully put that lie to rest, since parents can now view their children smiling, crying, even giving a "thumbs up" in the womb.
The abortion industry has put out the falsehood that women who undergo abortions are making a free choice. A body of research, however, has shown that as many as 60 percent of women who have abortions have been pressured by boyfriends, husbands, parents, or other significant figures in their lives. A national poll also showed that as many as 80 percent of women who have had abortions would have chosen life for their children, had just one person offered support for the pregnancy.
Abortion activists have also led people to believe that Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion operation, safeguards women's health by performing mammograms. In actually, there is not a single Planned Parenthood facility in the nation that does mammograms.
The abortion industry was built on lies, and it continues to do business based on a mountain of lies. When the truth of the grisly business is exposed...when pregnant women receive love, compassion, and support...the abortion option loses favor faster than you can say "fake news."
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