The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case regarding Mississippi’s 15-week abortion limit. Considered by both sides of the issue as the case that will define a generation, this case could directly lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. These cases landmark cases, respectively, made abortion a constitutional right and set “viability” as the standard for when abortion can and cannot be restricted. Unsurprisingly, this has led abortion activists to claim that countless women will die if Roe does fall. A related claim, repeatedly and soundly debunked, is that thousands of women died every year from illegal abortions before Roe — inaccurately implying that if Roe is overturned, thousands would die again.
Sarah Wildman, an opinion writer for the New York Times, wrote an op-ed about women who died, ostensibly from “abortion bans.” The first example she noted was Savita Halappanavar, who the abortion industry has turned into a martyr for their cause. Their claim is that Halappanavar repeatedly requested an abortion due to a miscarriage in progress, but because her preborn baby was still alive, the abortion was denied. At the time, abortion was still illegal in Ireland, and Halappanavar tragically died. According to abortion activists like Wildman, Halappanavar would have survived if she had only been given an abortion.