During the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh hearings, California Senator Dianne Feinstein said that she has sentenced women to jail for illegal abortions.
Feinstein is not a judge or attorney, but she says she was an appointee of Governor Edmund Gerald Brown in the 1960s and helped set terms and parole requirements for women in California, according to LifeNews.com.
“And so I sentenced women who had committed abortions to state prison and granted them paroles, and so came to see both sides— the terrible side and the human and vulnerable side,” she said.
This isn’t the first time Feinstein has claimed to make those types of sentences. In January 2017, she said, “As you know, the constitution protects woman’s right to access to health care. I’m old enough to remember what it was like before.
“When I was a student at Stanford and thereafter and the early 1960s, I actually sentenced women in California convicted of felony abortion to state prison for a maximum sentences of up to 10 years and they still went back to it because the need was so great.”
According to LifeNews.com, Feinstein is neither a judge nor attorney.
Ed Whelan, with the National Review, said Feinstein did serve on the California Parole Board in the 1960s, however, no women were ever prosecuted for obtaining abortions in California prior to Roe v. Wade.
According to research from the senior legal counsel for American United for Life, there have only been two persecutions of women for abortions. One was in 1911 and the other was in 1922.
LifeNews quickly fact-checked Feinstein’s comments. But surprisingly at least two mainstream media outlets also called out her error.
Both cited research from the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute to refute her claim:
The Guttmacher Institute, which supports abortion rights, cites estimates in a 2003 report that 200,000 to 1.2 million illegal abortions were performed in the 1950s and 1960s in the U.S. The report says the number of deaths from illegal abortion dropped from just under 1,700 in 1940 to just over 300 by 1950 and a little under 200 by 1965. The Supreme Court established a constitutional right to abortion in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
According to USA Today, Feinstein also incorrectly cited a study’s findings on illegal abortion procedures.
She said that in the 1950s and 1960s, illegal abortion deaths totaled between 200,000 and 1.2 million.
The Guttmacher Institute’s 2003 report, however, said between 200,000 and 1.2 million illegal abortions took place, but only 300 resulted in deaths in 1950 and 200 in 1965.
Feinstein’s spokeswoman said she did not intend to make the error.
“She meant to cite just the number of illegal procedures, not deaths,” the spokeswoman said.
Actual government statistic prior to the Roe decision show nowhere near 1.2 million women (or even 200,000) died in abortions. A 1972 Center for Disease Control report noted the maternal death rate from abortions was 39 in the United States, the year prior to Roe.
And legalizing Roe hasn’t made it safer. CDC reports indicate women still die from legal, supposedly “safe” abortions. As of 2008, the CDC reported more than 400 women died from legal abortions in the United States, including 12 that year. The most recent annual report from the CDC says four women died from abortion complications in 2013.
Just as important, though, is the fact that an abortion is never a safe procedure. Its very purpose is to kill a unique, living unborn baby, and about 60 million of them have been killed in abortions since Roe.
In other news about butchering babies for the convenience of harlots, Oprah Winfrey waded deeper into political waters this summer by promoting the “Shout Your Abortion” movement and its attempts to normalize the killing of unborn babies.
The July issue of her “O” magazine featured “Shout Your Abortion” founder Amelia Bonow in its “Inspiration” section, CNS News reports.
Bonow, who began the campaign to urge women to brag about aborting their unborn babies, soon will be coming out with a new book by the same title, according to the report.
The blood thirsty baby killer told the magazine how it all began in 2015:
“[W]hen I found out that the House of Representatives had voted to defund Planned Parenthood. I kind of unraveled.
“I opened Facebook and, without thinking, wrote, ‘Like a year ago, I had an abortion at Planned Parenthood…and I remember this experience with a nearly inexpressible level of gratitude.’ I hit Post 153 words later, and everything changed,” she continued.
Bonow said the campaign really took off when a friend shared her post on Twitter with the hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion.
“On some level, I’d internalized the stigma—though I honestly wasn’t ashamed. Then why hide? It wasn’t out of character for me to disclose something so personal online. What was out of character was my silence,” she said.
She blamed the pro-life movement for trying to silence women who have had abortions, saying: “The anti- choice movement wants it to be terrifying to speak the truth, because we can’t advocate for something we can’t say out loud. But the more of us who speak out, the clearer it becomes that all sorts of people have abortions, including people you love.”
But it really is her own movement, the pro-abortion movement, that silences women whose abortion stories do not fit their narrative. Bonow’s pro-abortion campaign is not the first abortion story-telling movement either.
Long ago, pro-life advocates recognized the power of individual people and their stories in the abortion debate. The Silent No More Awareness campaign is just one example of the many pro-life storytelling outreaches. It encourages people who experienced pain and regret after their abortions to share their stories publicly, and its website documents thousands of stories of mothers, fathers, grandparents and others who experienced deep pain and remorse because of unborn babies’ abortion deaths.
“O” magazine is doing a disservice to its readers by promoting the “Shout Your Abortion” campaign. Bonow’s movement gives the impression that women are glad they aborted their unborn babies. The truth is that some women regret their abortions and others do not, but no matter what the women’s feelings, their abortions destroyed another human being, their own child’s chance to ever have a story.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
September 6th, 2018