It is intriguing to learn that even now, some educated and intelligent individuals worry that restricted access to abortion will lead to a large number of women dying as the result of illegal abortions. Indeed, the coathanger remains a favored icon of feminists, who brandish it as a symbol of anti-abortion activists’ purported indifference to women’s lives.

What is so amusing about this is that abortionettes might as reasonably brandish a narwhal’s horn for fear of the unicorns that will inevitably reappear when abortion is banned. And it will eventually be banned, of this you can be sure, as the demographics curve begins to threaten age- and income-based transfer payments, as Third World migration pressure increases and as sex selection technology becomes cheaper and more reliable.

For as we have already seen in India and the United Kingdom, the realities of prenatal sex selection technology are capable of overwhelming the enthusiasm for abortion of even the most die-hard women’s rights advocate.

But those concerned about the consequences of the coming abortion bans need not trouble themselves about the theoretical problem of women surreptitiously scraping out their insides with coathangers. Not only is there no evidence of numerous American women having died from self-inflicted abortions in the past, there is no evidence of women who live in countries where abortion is currently banned dying from them either.

This is easily demonstrated in a variety of ways. In 1973, there were approximately 106 million women living in the United States, of whom 876,208 died that year. If 20,000 women had died by coathanger, it would have been the seventh leading cause of female death at 18.8 per 100,000, putting it right between diabetes mellititus and arteriosclerosis. In fact, a mere 10,000 deaths by coathanger would have still made the top ten, beating out suicide by a comfortable 2,090 female corpses.

Of course, it is always possible that these deaths were disguised or improperly reported. There were, after all, 19,782 women recorded in the ”All other accidents” category, and it’s also possible that sympathetic coroners might have made a habit of misrepresenting the actual cause of death in such cases. In order to deal with this possibility, it is necessary to examine the female death rate in toto.

If women had been dying of complications related to illegal abortions, one would expect to see a decline in the female death rate starting in 1974. And that is exactly what an examination of the statistics shows! From 1971 to 1973, the female American death rate averaged 806.13 per 100,000. But in the seven years after the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, that rate declined to an average of 768.25 deaths per 100,000 women. This would seem to indicate that 4.9 percent fewer women were dying, which could suggest that coathangers were responsible for almost 43,000 annual deaths!

Of course, the key word in that sentence is ”seem.” Statistics are always dangerous in the hands of the half-informed, to say nothing of the disingenuous and dishonest.

What blows that notion away is that as female deaths declined by about 5 percent, male deaths declined even more rapidly, by 8 percent, in the same time frame. So, unless sapient, murderously minded coathangers were wreaking havoc on men and women alike before disappearing mysterously in 1974, one can only conclude that there were other explanations for this reduced female mortality. And sure enough, the delta in the death rates for cancer, murder and heart disease are more than enough to account for the overall decline.

Unfortunately, the fact that there were never any significant number of American women dying from illegal abortions has not prevented abortionettes from repeating their favorite and second-most effective lie as they do their best to bring the gift of infanticide to the rest of the globe.


On June 18, 1989, CNN World Report, in an hour-long documentary, stated that in Brazil there are six million illegal abortions each year and 400,000 women die. But the U.N. Demographic Yearbook of 1988 lists only 40,000 women, age 15-44, dying each year of all causes.

That’s an astounding numer of abortions, especially considering that in the United States, a country with 50 percent more inhabitants, there were about one-fifth that many abortions in the same year. But, as Barbie informs us, math is hard for women and the evidence suggests it’s harder for abortionettes than most.

So, the next time a feminist tries to slide the myth of the coathanger past you, don’t hesitate to ask her precisely how many women suffered a death-by-coathanger prior to 1973. And don’t be surprised when the answer is the female equivalent of ”hrair.”

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