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    Kansas and Ohio—if their laws are not challenged—will visit horrors on untold numbers of women.

    In 1969, the year before New York State legalized abortion, complications from illegal abortions accounted for 23% of all pregnancy related admissions to municipal hospitals. The year after, that percentage dropped to near zero.

    The year after California legalized abortion, infections from abortion dropped 75% and today they are all but nonexistent.

    In 1973, before Roe v. Wade only 36% of abortions were performed at or before 8 weeks of pregnancy; in other words the task of locating a provider, getting the cash, and screwing up one's courage to do something illegal put women at real risk of complications.

    Today more than 62% of legal abortions are performed within the 8 weeks of pregnancy and more than 88% within 8 weeks.

    Before Roe v Wade the risk of dying from an early abortion was more than 4 per 100,000 abortions. Afterward, that rate dropped to about 1 per 100,000. The risk of carrying a pregnancy to term is about 10 times that. And I could go on with more statistics.

    The gain for the health of women and by extension of their families and children has increased enormously because of access to medically safe, legal, and ethical abortion in the years since Roe v. Wade.

    Reverse Roe v. Wade or impede access with irrelevant restrictions and society will see those numbers reversed with women, families and society paying a steep price both financial and emotional  

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