The New York Times Agrees Without Abortion Reporting Laws, There’s a Lot We Don’t Know  

Caroline Wharton - 11 Dec 2022

Despite a national abortion reporting law really being an ecumenical issue, many in the abortion lobby don’t want to touch it, as they are afraid it might rock the abortion lobby’s boat — so you might be surprised to learn that the New York Times recently released an article which affirms Students for Life of America’s (SFLA) claim that we need this information for women’s safety.  

In an article entitled “The (Incomplete) Revolution in Counting Abortions” by Claire Cain Miller and Margot Sanger-Katz, there is a discussion on how “incomplete data is still an issue” which has been brought to light in trying to understand the full impact of post-Roe abortion restrictions. The authors write

“Counting these abortions is important to understanding the full impact of abortion bans. That means knowing how many women in states with bans are finding abortions another way, as well as how many are carrying unwanted pregnancies to term. But researchers are debating how well the existing data captures the full scope of the post-Roe landscape.”  

What factor do these authors specifically focus on as detrimental to truly understanding our state of abortion? Chemical Abortion pills — particularly those from the illegal abortion network. The illegal abortion network illicitly provides women with these life-ending drugs, and our society is none the wiser, meaning that we don’t have a real grasp on abortion statistics (its health risks, efficacy, etc.) at all.  

Students for Life of America previously reported:  

The abortion lobby loves to say that abortion is safe, but when asked for the facts to support such a claim, they come up empty.  Why is there a problem in proving their point? Well, due to America’s current national abortion reporting law (i.e., the lack thereof), we just don’t have the statistics to know how abortion is really affecting American women, and until our country does something about this, we will never know. This is an ecumenical issue because both sides should want to ensure women’s health and safety — and if the abortion lobby is so confident, what do they have to fear from required abortion reporting?   

Students for Life Action (SFLAction) and Students for Life of America (SFLA) President Kristan Hawkins recently published an article on this topic at The Washington Times entitled “What We Don’t Know About Abortion Can Hurt Us.” She began her op-ed by stating how very careful our health officials usually seem to be in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic and the baby formula shortage (which was due to plants being shut down over health violations). However, Hawkins says, that concern ends when it comes to abortion. She wrote:   

“Abortion in America is marketed by its proponents as completely safe. The problem is that the conversation ends with “don’t ask, don’t tell” style assurances because there is no national abortion reporting law tracking or monitoring a chemically or surgically induced event impacting women across the country. What makes this a problem is President Biden and his Democratic Party allies are pledging that more abortion is the one thing voters can count on them, as crime and inflation spiral out of control. But is more abortion a good thing for women? Its impact on the preborn is more than painfully obvious.”   

Hawkins goes on to detail that the only abortion information Americans really have is provided to us voluntarily by groups within the abortion lobby — a situation which provides about as trustworthy information as if we allowed “the tobacco industry to be the sole provider of all information on the harms of cigarette smoking.” Instead, the information we must turn to comes from countries like Finland, whose mandated reporting has shown the true horrors of abortion for women’s health (not to mention the lives of the lost preborn).   

Hawkins continued:   

“The safety of women should concern everyone, both pro-choice and pro-life. It’s a frequent plea lately from our fellow citizens that our leaders should seek common ground when possible. On an issue as contentious as abortion, everyone should be able to support a National Abortion Reporting Law after this election. On this issue, a federal responsibility is clear, as the CDC surveys a national audience.”   

To read this article in its entirety at The Washington Times, click HERE. To read more about why America needs a national abortion reporting law, click HERE.   

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