Safer for whom?

A Reuters headline this week proclaims Abortion safer than giving birth:

Dr. Elizabeth Raymond from Gynuity Health Projects in New York City and Dr. David Grimes of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, found that between 1998 and 2005, one woman died during childbirth for every 11,000 or so babies born.

That compared to one woman of every 167,000 who died from a legal abortion.

It’s all in how you do the math — or in this case, how you define “death”.

By my count, about 15 women die for every 167,000 children born. That’s compared to one woman plus 167,000 children for every 167,000 abortions.

It seems clear that legal abortion is about 15 times more deadly than childbirth.

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