*Originally posted by SimonX *
It’s also worth noting that your source claims both that, “…it’s safe to say deaths from illegal abortions were rarely covered up,” and that deaths from legal abortion are undereported.
What you said obviously would seem to be the case. However, your source implies otherwise. **[/QUOTE
Point taken, as I had misread your response and thereby jumped the gun.
Dr. Beckwith’s point, however, is that prior to Roe v Wade, the woman would have gone to a physician other than the one who performed the abortion, whereas after Roe v Wade, there is little reason to do so. The objection which I voiced therefore does not stand, and Beckwith’s point does.
With that in mind, it is entirely reasonable that the statistics prior to Roe v Wade were accurate, as the physicians treating the women would have had little motive to cover up the actual cause of death. After Roe v Wade, the physicians would more typically be the ones who actually conducted the abortion, and would therefore have greater reason to cover up the true reasons for maternal death.