At least that is what Sen. Barbara Boxer recently told the AP when asked about the impact of a pro-life judge being appointed to the Supreme Court. She claimed, “It [the appointment of a pro-lfe justice] means a minimum of 5,000 women a year will die.”

The sourcing for this comes for an obviously biased Lifenews.com, so I would like to see the information from another news source. But it is interesting to see Lifenews use actual government data and a statement by a founder of NARAL to show that the number Sen. Boxer used is totally unfounded. It appears Boxer was simply repeating a long since disproven statistic to play to her base.

That being said, it is obvious that liberal interest groups and politicians are framing this appointment as the deciding factor in overturning Roe v. Wade. They are using this as a fund raising tool, but it has little basis in the facts.

I wish that was the case. Even with O’Connor retiring that still leaves four solid supporters of abortion rights on the Supreme Court (Ginsberg, Souter, Breyer and Stevens) with Kennedy becoming the swing voter. Kennedy has ruled in favor of a partial birth abortion ban, but affirmed his support for Roe v. Wade. Which means that unless one of those five retire and a pro-life judge is appointed in their place, abortion will still be sanctioned in America.

There is a debate to be had in this nation of the legality and morality of aborting unborn babies, but both sides are better off when they drop the hyperbole and base their statements on the facts of the issue.