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Trivially true, yes. It's more commonly called Miscarriage: Among women who know they are pregnant, the miscarriage rate is roughly 10% to 20%, while rates among all fertilisation is around 30% to 50%. If one includes failure of a blastocyst to implant in the uterine lining, the total number of "abortions" can be as high as 60%: A recent re-analysis ...


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No, the picture is not accurate. No, “42% of yearly deaths in the world” are not from abortion. As Avi’s answer shows, the raw numbers are about right, albeit with a big uncertainty attached. However, the percentages are wrong because the 42% implies that the “total number of deaths” = “number of deaths after birth” + “number of abortions”. This is ...


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No The caption is mostly accurate but makes assumptions. This picture has been posted multiple times attributing it it multiple different countries. The photo is actually from Vietnam where they have a fetuses cemetery. This is either a picture of some fetuses that have been taken from private abortion clinics or found elsewhere, to be cleaned and buried (...


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When? If you go back far enough, it's likely... The data collected by Tietze showed 2,677 deaths from abortion in 1933... ...and then maybe... ...compared with 888 in 1945, with much of the decline in septic cases associated with illegal abortions. (The numbers also include deaths from "therapeutic abortions," permitted by law, and "spontaneous ...


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The global death rate was 7.99 per thousand people per year. The world population is about 7.1 billion people. This means that about 56 million people die a year, excluding abortions. This approximately aligns with the estimate for the number of postnatal deaths in the image. The Guttmacher Institute estimates that there were 43.8 million abortions in 2008. ...


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This article covers the history, including representative statistics. This paper provides some more statistics. The key quotation is: In 1940 there were 1407 abortion-related deaths (excluding spontaneous abortions). By 1966 there were 160 abortion-related deaths, an 89% decline that took place before any state had passed less restrictive abortion laws. ...


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No. The more I read this claim, the more and more messier I realize it is. The Tweet claims several things: There is a law in Alabama about false accusation of rape. That law states that if a person is found not guilty of rape, the accuser is sent to jail. The law was part of the anti-abortion bill passed in Alabama this past spring. Only the first of ...


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Interestingly there's a survey: "Biologists' Consensus on 'When Life Begins'", 2018 of US biologists on this (the choice of profession/experts was motivated by a pre-survey of the US population at large): Many Americans disagree on ‘When does a human’s life begin?’ because the question is subject to interpretive ambiguity arising from Hume’s is-ought ...


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For those pregnancies that have already lasted 5 weeks, recent research sets an upper limit on the American public's cumulative "spontaneous abortion" of 22%, presenting the rate as a range from 11% to 22%. The cumulative risk of miscarriage for weeks 5 through 20 of gestation ranged from 11 miscarriages per 100 women to 22 miscarriages per 100 women (11-...


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Is there any additional evidence that this claim is true? Does this meta review actually support this claim adequately? Apparently the answers are "No" and "No": http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-skeptical-sleuth/201111/is-having-abortion-likely-damage-womans-mental-health http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-skeptical-sleuth/201111/more-review-...


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Summary: There is no punishment for a woman having an abortion. The maximum punishment for a doctor performing an abortion is the same as the maximum punishment for a rapist. According to the BBC, a woman in Alabama suffers no legal repercussions for seeking, or having, an abortion: A woman who has an abortion would not be held criminally liable however,...


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Evidence from the USA says it can happen This Wikipedia article implies that live birth can happen unless the fetus is deliberately killed: In the USA, fetal demise is usually induced by ultrasound-guided intracardiac injection of hypertonic saline, digoxin, or some other heart-stopping agent before the beginning of any late-term abortion procedure.[25] ...


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The MEASURE Demographic and Health Surveys project published an analytical study on Recent Trends in Abortion and Contraception in 12 Countries in 2005, the 12 countries in the study being Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. From the Executive Summary of the ...


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I can find plenty of evidence of the opposite to be true. Before the 1966 law went into effect, the Romanian maternal mortality rate was similarto those ofother Eastern European countries. Afterward, abortion-related maternal mortality increased to a level 10 times that of any other European country (Figures 2 and 3). For the decade 1980 to ...


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No, it is not. As pointed out by Jon.G’s answer the picture is from "elsewhere" and is part of "something else". But in the U.S. at least there are two main problems (though I suppose you could argue that a clinic is breaking the law). I don't support these ideas I am just listing them, so please no flamewars. Also, it's very hard to find data on ...


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No Science does not define life as "beginning at conception", because science does not, to any satisfactory degree, define "life" in the general case: There is no broadly accepted definition of 'life.' Suggested definitions face problems, often in the form of robust counter-examples. Here we use insights from philosophical investigations into language to ...


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The fetal heart may begin to beat at approximately the 22nd day after fertilization which corresponds to 3 weeks and 1 day after fertilization i.e. 5 weeks 1 day of pregnancy. Between 5 ½ to 6 ½ weeks based on the last menstrual period, a fetal pole or a fetal heartbeat may be detected by vaginal ultrasound. Angiogenic cell clusters are the building ...


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According to Trends in the Characteristics of Women Obtaining Abortions, 1974 to 2004, tables 3 and 4, and Statistical Abstracts of the United States 2012, table 101, abortion data is as follows: year: non-whites (blacks) 1973: 195,820 1974: 269,250 1975: 333,000 1976: 394,410 1977: 427,920 1978: 440,190 1979: 435,270 1980: 460,260 ...


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There's a long list of references to False medical information collected on Wikipedia. One of those is their being misleading/inaccurate about the type of pregnancy tests they offer, with a reference to the following New York Times article. PREGNANCY CENTERS: ANTI-ABORTION ROLE CHALLENGED (January 23, 1987) The Pearson manual has been described by law-...


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The OP asks 3 questions, 2 in the body plus the title question. does planned parenthood harvest the organs of fetuses? Yes. According to Deborah Nucatola, MD, Senior Director of Medical Services, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (all quotes taken from the following transcript): we’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we ...


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There is one study from 1981 that suggests that there is a positive correlation between early abortion and breast cancer in patients younger than 32: A first-trimester abortion before FFTP, whether spontaneous or induced, was associated with a 2.4-fold increase in breast-cancer risk (P < 0.005). Two responses can be found to this study. First, Vessey ...


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No, Human fetus cannot feel pain at 20 weeks per three research studies mentioned. Per conclusions of the 2005 JAMA study Evidence Synthesis Pain perception requires conscious recognition or awareness of a noxious stimulus. Neither withdrawal reflexes nor hormonal stress responses to invasive procedures prove the existence of fetal pain, because they can ...


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Planned Parenthood does not agree that "quota" is the correct word to use. In July 2014 Planned Parenthood acknowledged that the above image is genuine, but stated it does not represent a "quota", but instead: The entire basis of their claim was a photo of a certificate that Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains gave to a health center for ...


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I'm not going to attempt to parse the Planned Parenthood statement, but there are plenty of sources that point out many critical factual inaccuracies in the movie. The main problem is: The purportedly true story told by Abby Johnson has been largely debunked. Abby Johnson has been gaining notoriety in anti-abortion circles for many years, but the story ...


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On the Issues has an overview over Clinton's position on abortion. She described her position on late-term abortions during the 2016 presidential debate: Roe v. Wade very clearly sets out that there can be regulations on abortion so long as the life and the health of the mother are taken into account. The kinds of cases that fall at the end of pregnancy ...


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Easily. Thousands died in the early years from illegal abortions. And even if the number of dead women declined somewhat, the amount of harm done is still best described as very high. That the number of deaths declined is mostly due to doctors performing either the procedures or treating the resulting health consequences. It's just that the officially ...


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The national entity is Planned Parenthood Federation of America. It does not conduct any abortions. The report says: Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) supports 59 independently incorporated affiliates In other words, PPFA affiliates itself with 59 other entities, the 59 entities collectively providing a range of "services". ...


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Planned Parenthood does not break down its revenues by service in its annual reports. Factcheck.org writes: Planned Parenthood [...] doesn’t track the total number of pregnant women it serves. All calculations are therefore highly speculative, meaning they cannot be verified. For example, the calculations assume an average cost per procedure, where the ...


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http://www.snopes.com/planned-parenthood-abortion-quotas/ It looks like Snopes did some digging and couldn't find any evidence they consider reliable. After reading the arguments, I have to agree with Snopes. The evidence for quotas is dependent entirely on the word of the accusers. Planned parenthood is a commonly used bogeyman for right wing groups. This ...


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I looked into the references from the other answers (and some more references), here is what I learned. The TL;DR version: Levonorgestrel is not effective at preventing pregnancy in women who have already ovulated. The product labeling does not reflect evidence showing that levonorgestrel does prevent implantation by some identifiable mechanism; only ...


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