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While questioning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh about abortion during his Senate confirmation hearings, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., grossly misstated statistics about abortion deaths before Roe v. Wade.
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“In the 1950s and 1960s, two decades before Roe, deaths from illegal abortions in this country ran between 200,000 and 1.2 million. That’s according to the Guttmacher Institute.”
The Guttmacher Institute has very close ties to the abortion lobby, but even its numbers proved Feinstein way off base.
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The Guttmacher study actually reported 200,000 to 1.2 million as the number of procedures. Regarding actual deaths, in 1965, for example, there were 200, according to Guttmacher.
When corrected, Feinstein was dismissive of the gravity of her error. “So, a lot of women died in that period,” she demurred.
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Feinstein’s distortion of data points to the agenda driving this new discussion from the left to derail the Kavanaugh vote by any means necessary.
Nothing, certainly not facts, will get in the way of their attempts to control the courts, regardless of any collateral damage done to the reputation of an upstanding and decent man.
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Thus we can understand the sudden emergence of Christine Blasey Ford and her claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, when she was 15 and he was 17.
As reported in The Washington Post, Ford, a vocal progressive and pro-Democrat donor, wrote to Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, describing the incident but requesting anonymity in July.
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Apparently, Feinstein was so moved to keep the letter anonymous that she buried the contents as well as the identity of the author.
Per reports, Feinstein did not ask Kavanaugh about this in her interview with him prior to the hearings. Nor did she question Kavanaugh about it during the hearings.
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