Beginning in 1968, while campaigning to repeal all state abortion laws, a prominent abortionist named Bernard Nathanson fabricated statistics and made up false stories to advance his cause. His aim was to frame the abortion debate to make it seem like compassion positively demanded legalization.
Nathanson and his team at the National Association for the Repeal of the Abortion Laws (it lives on today as NARAL) made up the statistic that there were 1 million illegal abortions in the United States annually. Nathanson knew this was more than 10 times the real figure, but he wanted to make the situation seem dire.
He also created, from whole cloth, a claim you still hear today — that 10,000 women were dying in the U.S. from illegal, back-alley abortions every year before Roe. Nathanson was well aware that the true figure was 200 to 250. He inflated this terrible statistic by a factor of 40 or 50 to win sympathy.
We know all about Nathanson’s lies and distortions because he confessed them. After a long career as an abortionist, during which he was personally responsible for 75,000 abortions, he experienced a total conversion, rejected abortion, and revealed the truth about what by that time had grown into a $500 million national abortion industry.
It was therefore familiar this week when President Joe Biden repeated an unverified story about a 10-year-old girl supposedly denied an abortion in Ohio, where the procedure is banned after six weeks of pregnancy.
The story had originated a week earlier in the Indianapolis Star, with a local abortionist as its only source. That source was Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis abortionist who was given responsibility for this Ohio girl’s care. She has since been slapped with a privacy violation for trying to turn this little girl’s sad story into a political coup.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has pointed out that his state’s abortion law contains exceptions for the “life of the mother” and “irreversible impairment of a major bodily function,” which would have covered such a case as the one Biden described. So, contrary to the original story, this girl was evidently not taken to Indiana because Ohio law bans such a procedure.
Full story at Washington Examiner.