The Washington Post is a staunchly pro-abortion newspaper, going so far as to employ a columnist who supports eugenics.
But even they couldn’t hold back on criticizing Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry for inflating deaths before Roe v. Wade.
In May, Washington Post fact-check Glenn Kessler rated the claim that thousands of women died before Roe with four Pinocchios, meaning it is a huge lie. He wrote at the time, “Wen is a doctor, and the ACOG is made up of doctors. They should know better than to peddle statistics based on data that predates the advent of antibiotics. Even given the fuzzy nature of the data and estimates, there is no evidence that in the years immediately preceding the Supreme Court’s decision, thousands of women died every year in the United States from illegal abortions. Wen’s repeated use of this number reminds us of the shoddy data used by human trafficking opponents. Unsafe abortion is certainly a serious issue, especially in countries with inadequate medical facilities. But advocates hurt their cause when they use figures that do not withstand scrutiny. These numbers were debunked in 1969 — 50 years ago — by a statistician celebrated by Planned Parenthood. There’s no reason to use them today.”
Now, as 2019 comes to an end, the Washington Post has once again declared it a huge lie, but this time went so far as to label it one of the biggest lies of 2019. It’s worth noting something else; Planned Parenthood employees know it’s a lie.
According to reports by the New York Times, Planned Parenthood staffers had warned then-president Leana Wen to stop saying thousands of women died pre-Roe, but in her zeal to push propaganda, Leana Wen refused to listen (this is from a doctor who is supposed to listen to evidence?).
The New York Times wrote, “Dr. Wen’s public comments also caused some frustration internally, the current and former officials said. In late May, the Washington Post Fact Checker column wrote an article about her repeated claim that ‘thousands of women died every year pre-Roe’ from a lack of legal abortion care. The column rated her statement as ‘false,’ something a former employee said she had been told repeatedly by her staff but disregarded.”
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