One common argument made in favor of legalized abortion is that they are sometimes necessary to save the life of the mother.
However, in the developed world, life-threatening pregnancies are incredibly rare.
In fact, it has been said that the alleged 3% of abortions committed to “save the life of the mother” include cases that do not actually involve abortion, such as operations have unintentionally resulted in the death of the fetus .
In modern times, “there are no situations where abortion is medically or psychiatrically justified to save the life of the mother…. with the advancement of medical science, today’s doctor is never faced with the dilemma of choosing between the life of the mother and the life of the baby” .
This being said, there are areas in the world that do not possess the same level of technology and medical expertise as America.
In these situations, the focus should not be on allowing more abortions, but instead making every effort to make the risky pregnancies more safe in these less developed countries.
 J.C. Willke, M.D. (2000). “‘Life of the Mother:’ Is It Needed In Legislation?” Life Issues Connector.
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