This is taken from Is Abortion Really So Bad? by Dr. Joel Beeke, a pastor, theologian and seminary professor.
What is the justification for legal abortion? Let us examine the arguments used by those who promote abortion to determine on how strong of a foundation this practice is based.
Illegal Abortion Would Lead To Dangerous Back-Alley Abortions
The idea of the crudely done abortion resulting in a bleeding, dying mother (and a dead child) has been widely used by abortion advocates. But in reality, 90 percent of abortions performed before they became legal were done by physicians in their offices. The idea of thousands of women dying yearly until abortion was legalized is a myth. In 1972, thirty-nine mothers died in the United States from abortions. The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (March 26, 2010) admits that the legalization of abortion has had “no major impact on the number of women dying from abortion in the U.S… legal abortion is now the leading cause of abortion-related maternal deaths in the U.S.”
Every woman who dies from a botched abortion is a tragic loss. But so is every child who dies from a successful abortion. We should not make it legal to kill babies in order to make the killing safer for the adults involved. Furthermore, abortion has medical and psychological risks; making it illegal would actually protect the lives and health of millions of women.