While he was United States Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop stated publicly that in his thirty-eight years as a pediatric surgeon, he was never aware of a single situation in which a freeborn child's life had to be taken in order to save the life of the mother. He said the use of this argument to justify abortion in general was a “smoke screen.”
Due to significant medical advances, the danger of pregnancy to the mother has declined considerably since 1967. Yet even at that time Dr. Alan Guttmacher of Planned Parenthood acknowledged:
Today it is possible for almost any patient to be brought through pregnancy alive, unless she suffers from a fatal illness such as cancer or leukemia, and, if so, abortion would be unlikely to prolong, much less save, life. [^ Alan F. Guttmacher, “Abortion—Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” in The Case for Legalized Abortion Now (Berkeley, Calif.: Diablo Press, 1967).]
Re-read that quote again and pay close attention to the source. The person making the quote is Dr Alan Guttmacher, then-President of Planned Parenthood.
Dr. Landrum Shettles admitted,
Less than 1 percent of all abortions are performed to save the mother's life. (^ Landrum Shetlles and David Rorvik, Rites of Life (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Publishing House, 1983), 129.)
Abortion to save the mother's life was legal before convenience abortion was legalized and would continue to be if abortion were made illegal again. Even under restrictive abortion laws, the mother's right to life is never disregarded. Contrary to what some pro-choice advocates have said, there is no danger whatsoever that women whose lives are in jeopardy will be unable to get treatment, even if such treatment tragically results in the death of an unborn child.
Even pro-choice USA Today acknowledged: The National Right to Life Committee consistently has maintained that while abortion should be banned, there should be exceptions if an abortion is needed to save a woman's life.
The overwhelming vast majority of abortions are elective. The most common reasons for having an abortion provided directly by women are all financial and convenience related. It's the modern version of OT child sacrifice.