Study the entire Australian Bureau of Statistics data on Causes of Death 1906-1996. Observe the death rate for illegal abortion plummet from about 100 deaths every year in the 1930s (before antibiotics) to just one death in the whole of Australia in 1969 (the last year of the old “backyard” regime) – before there was a single “legal” clinic anywhere in the country. All this was thanks to medical advances alone, with the legal status of abortion unchanged and irrelevant.
Observe also that maternal deaths from all causes – childbirth, miscarriage, abortion – dropped exactly in parallel, for the exact same medical reasons. It was medical progress, not legal agitation, which made abortion (whether criminal or medical), and childbirth, irreversibly safer.
My two cents
I remember a time when I was emotionally manipulated and tricked by feminists into thinking the opposite…come to think of it, they never showed me any stats, rather they made assertions, and I was young enough and naive enough to fall for it. I’m glad that a writer has cleared up the mud.
van Gend, D. (2004). Abortion: Facts banish the myth of the ‘backyard butcher’. Available: http://www.newsweekly.com.au/articles/2004nov06_a.html. Last accessed 24th Feb 2011.