A doctor who regularly performs late-term abortions waxed eloquent in The New York Times about the benefits of the baby-killing procedure, insisting, “Pregnancy is dangerous; abortion can be lifesaving.”

Dr. Warren M. Hern, who was the partial subject of a blistering anti-abortion video released by Stephen Crowder in February, writes in his op-ed, “Pregnancy is a life-threatening condition. Women die from being pregnant. We have known that for thousands of years.”

Hern continues by listing possible complications from pregnancy, concluding, “Pregnancy always comes with some irreducible risk of death.” He adds, “The measure of risk to a woman’s life from pregnancy itself is called the ‘maternal mortality ratio.’ That is the number of women who die of causes related to or aggravated by pregnancy per 100,000 live births.”