• Sara Rimer

    Senior Contributing Editor

    Sara Rimer

    Sara Rimer spent 26 years as a reporter at the New York Times, where she wrote about education, the death penalty, immigration, and aging in America, and was the New England bureau chief. The Times nominated her for the Pulitzer Prize. Her coverage of the death penalty was cited by the Supreme Court in its 2002 ruling outlawing the execution of developmentally disabled individuals. Profile

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There are 5 comments on Abortion Politics, a Q&A with Alum and Planned Parenthood CEO

  1. The claim that before Roe v. Wade large numbers of women were dying because of illegal “back-alley” abortions is misleading. Large numbers of women were also dying in ordinary childbirth before the routine use of antiseptic procedures. A claim by the then-president of Planned Parenthood that “thousands of people died every year because they didn’t have access to safe, legal abortion” was awarded “four Pinocchios” by the Washington Post in 2019, meaning that it was in the category of the most thoroughly false claims in the Pinocchio scale.

    The ROE Act would legalize killing a fetus capable of living outside the womb just because the obstetrician believes its survival after birth would endanger the mother’s health (not limited to her physical or mental health), or that it suffers from a lethal anomaly (which isn’t limited to anomalies that would prevent it from having a likely extended life span). Killing a viable fetus for either of those reasons is homicide (specifically, murder if done with deliberate intent to kill) under current Massachusetts law. It is “fake and insane” for Planned Parenthood to ridicule the opponents of this bill while completely distorting and misstating the actual terms of the bill.

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