Monday, February 06, 2012

U.S. politics: Santorum longs for Good Old Days of back-alley abortions

This is truly disgusting. U.S. Republican candidate for president, Rick Santorum, wants to bring back the good old days of women getting abortions in the shadows of back alleys.
Santorum’s nostalgia for a time before doctors could legally perform abortions was also a time when women regularly died or were seriously injured by illegal procedures. Roughly 50 percent of all maternal deaths in the first half of the 20th century were from illegal abortions, and an estimated 160 to 260 women died each year in the 1950s and 1960s from illegal abortions. But for Santorum, the fact that women no longer face those dangers is a sign of what harm can come from health care reform.

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