Did "Thousands" of Women Die Each Year Before Roe?

These numbers were debunked in 1969 — 50 years ago — by a statistician celebrated by Planned Parenthood. There’s no reason to use them today.
— Glenn Kessler (The Washington Post, Fact Checker)

The claim that “thousands of women died every year” from illegal, botched abortions prior to Roe v. Wade is widely repeated by such prominent voices as the Los Angeles Times’ executive editor Norman Pearlstine in this recent op ed and even by the President of Planned Parenthood. But is it true?

Thanks to the fact checkers at the Washington Post, we now have a clear answer.