Abortion Must Remain Legal to Prevent Abortion-Related Deaths

 Year 

Abortion-Related Deaths1

Legal Abortions

   Legal   

   Illegal   

1972

? 24 41
1973 615,831 25 21
1974 763,476 26 7

  1. Tietze, C. 1983. Induced Abortion: A World View. The Population Council, New York.

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Proponents of legalized abortion claim that the criminalization of abortion would result in the deaths of thousands of woman yearly. However, the year before abortion was legalized, the number of deaths due to illegal abortions was 41, which was not markedly more than the number of deaths from legal abortions.

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