Abuse / Violence / Forced Abortion

Rape Exception: Why Do We Kill Babies Instead of Rapists?

… As a former student at a medical college, I’ve taken the Hippocratic Oath in order to participate in clinicals. Because of this, I know there is a “first do no harm” clause. … [I]t is that doctor’s job to ‘first do no harm.’ NOT saving the life of a patient is first doing harm, and that’s against the oath. Where I always get into trouble with my “politically correct” friends is in cases of rape. Yes, I am aware that the woman lost her choice in this situation. Most women know someone who has been a victim of sexual assault, (I’m one who personally knows a sexual assault victim), so I’m not devoid of feelings here. However, I don’t believe killing the baby is going to make the rape victim feel any better. Let me cut to the chase here… if we can’t kill the rapist, why can we kill the baby? The baby is innocent. The rapist is a soulless loser who is going to get out of jail in 5 years, and in many cases will repeat the act. If I’m violently attacked, raped, and end up pregnant, killing my unborn child isn’t going to make me feel any less raped and isn’t going to bring me to peace. If my rapist was getting the death penalty… I’d at least feel safer. I’m not saying rapists should get the death penalty. … What I AM saying is, that being pro-life, except in the instance of rape, is one of the most illogical “exceptions” to a rule I’ve ever heard. It’s like saying “This guy has been...

Wantedness and Coercion: Key Factors in Understanding Women’s Mental Health After Abortion

Key Factors in Understanding Women’s Mental Health After Abortion Dr. Shuping presented this article at a United Nations workshop in March 2011, and at the June 2011 meeting of the Association for Interdisciplinary Research on Values and Social Change. In 1973, as a 19-year-old undergraduate student, I worked as a volunteer at a clinic that helped women to access abortion services. I received one evening of training in which I was taught that abortion was a safe, simple procedure, and there were no side effects. I was incorrectly taught that the developing baby was nothing more than a clump of cells. After that, I was considered to be a qualified pregnancy counselor, and I helped some women to obtain abortions. Thirty-eight years later, many abortion counselors are still giving women that same misinformation. But today I know that many women have adverse psychological reactions following abortion. I have known more than one thousand post-abortive women who have been unhappy about their abortions. Much of my professional life has been spent in helping women to deal with the emotional impact of abortion… For remainder of article, visit link below. [Martha Shuping, M.D., http://www.abortionresearch.us/images/Vol23No2.pdf ...

Link Between Abortion and the Physical / Sexual Abuse of Women by Their Partners (AJPH, 6/2010)

Study Shows Link Between Abortion and the Physical / Sexual Abuse of Women by Their Partners A study shows the link between abortion and the physical and sexual abuse to which women may be subjected in the relationship by their husband or boyfriend following the abortion. University of Iowa researchers led the study, which shows women seeking abortions have experienced a high rate of violence and abuse from their partners. The study was published online June 17 in the American Journal of Public Health. Audrey Saftlas, a Universiy of Iowa professor of epidemiology and lead author of the study, talked about the results her team found. "Women seeking termination of pregnancy comprise a particularly high-risk group for physical or sexual assault," she said. "In our study, almost 14 percent of women receiving an abortion reported at least one incident of physical or sexual abuse in the past year." "These findings strongly support the need for clinic-based screening with interventions. These high-risk women need resources, referrals and support to help them and their families reduce the violence in their lives," Saftlas added. The researchers examined 986 women who had abortions and completed questionnaires. Overall, the researchers found the combined one-year prevalence of physical or sexual abuse by any perpetrator was 13.8 percent. The prevalence of physical and sexual violence by an intimate partner was 9.9 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively. Of the women who reported such pre-abortion violence, 74 percent of women identified their former partner as the perpetrator of the violence and 27 percent identified a current partner as responsible for the violence. The numbers don't add up to...

Young Age & Abortion During the Second Trimester are Risk Factors for Repeat Abortion (AJOG, 8/10)

Late-Term Abortion Ups Repeat Pregnancy Termination Risk Women who have an abortion in the second trimester of pregnancy are more likely than women who terminate their pregnancies earlier to have repeat abortions, new research shows. And women who initially have a late abortion are also substantially more likely to have a second late abortion, Dr. Oskari Heikinheimo of Helsinki University Hospital in Finland and colleagues found. They also found that being younger than 20 sharply increased a woman's risk of having repeat abortions, and of having repeat late abortions. The further along a woman is in her pregnancy the more risky it is to terminate the pregnancy, the researchers note in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. "Several studies have shown that the later the abortion is performed, the greater the risk of complications is," Heikinheimo explained in an email to Reuters Health. "The most common complications are bleeding and infection." Abortion is still very common around the world even though birth control options have improved in recent years. Late termination of pregnancy — meaning abortion at 13 weeks gestation or later — represents 5 to 10 percent of all abortions, the researchers note, while from 30 to 47 percent of women who have an abortion will have another later on. To better understand factors associated with repeat abortion, as well as risk factors for having an abortion after the first trimester, Heikinheimo and colleagues looked at 41,750 Finnish women who had an abortion between 2000 and 2005 — 1,900 of whom terminated their pregnancies in the second trimester. Compared with women who had first trimester abortions, those...

Forced Abortion; Individual & International (updated July 2012)

  Forced Abortion in America: Women, Girls Who Refuse Abortion Are at Risk http://www.theunchoice.com/ForcedAbortions.pdf   Yet Another Chinese Woman Lies Motionless Days After ‘Voluntary’ Abortion of Her 7-Month-Old… The REAL ‘War Against Women’: Forced Abortion and Gendercide in China… (see below)   Download PDF – The World Health Organization's Abortion Agenda Jun 2, 2010 … It coordinates its activities with other UN agencies, …… letter signed by the executive heads of WHO and UNFPA, states: … www.c-fam.org/docLib/20100602_WHO_FINAL.pdf   FORD FOUNDATION: As part of this effort, Ford gave a grant to the United Nations ….. President's Letter. Thomas stated that in the 1980s Ford “engaged in … www.c-fam.org/docLib/20080424_Number_4_Ford_Foundation_2004.pdf Download PDF – NATIONS POPULATION FUND: White Paper on the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). …… 178 UNFPA letter to Representative Henry Hyde, October, 2001. … www.c-fam.org/docLib/20080624_UNPF.pdf The Millennium Development Goals Sep 4, 2009 … This paper considers the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development ….. Letter to Women, 1995, Mulieris Dignitatem (On the Dignity and … www.c-fam.org/docLib/20090904_IORG_W_Paper_Number10.pdf Yet Another Chinese Woman Lies Motionless Days After ‘Voluntary’ Abortion of Her 7-Month-Old As the husband who revealed a brutal forced abortion remains in hiding, Chinese human rights advocates have exposed another late-term “induced miscarriage” carried out in compliance with the nation’s one-child policy. Hu Xia, days after her "voluntary" abortion. Hu Xia was seven months pregnant with her second child when officials in Shangche township, located in Hubei province, told her she must pay a fine or undergo an abortion. Unable to meet the financial penalty, officials at People’s Hospital gave her unborn child an injection on June 19. The child died two days...

One Week After the Abortion, My Sister Took Her Life

"One Week After the Abortion, My Sister Took Her Life" One Woman's Story of Sexual Abuse and Abortion My sister and I were both victims of incest. My sister was being sexually assaulted by my brothers for a number of years when she got her first abortion at the age of sixteen. Had she been questioned by anyone as to how a minor like herself had come to be pregnant in the first place, perhaps she could have been saved from any further abuse within the family. This is indeed what should have happened in any agency that claims to be concerned about preventing child abuse. As it turned out, she was given the abortion without my parents’ consent or knowledge and then returned to the same environment. Years later, after having given birth to three children, and having had many years of psychotherapy and anti-depressant drugs, she became pregnant in a crisis situation. She was advised by friends and self-appointed do-gooders to abort the baby to take care of herself. This caused her a great deal of distress and anxiety. The decision was very difficult for her and in her weakened state she succumbed to the “sensibility” of their arguments and scheduled the abortion. She was crying when she entered the abortion business, she cried throughout the procedure, and was sobbing as she left. No one at the abortion business asked her any questions that might upset her any more. But of course, had anyone asked her, they might have recognized that she was not emotionally strong enough to stand the abortion. Had they inquired about her health...

Abortion and Reenacting Sexual Abuse: Forbidden Grief

Abortion and Reenacting Sexual Abuse: An Expert's View Theresa Burke, Ph.D., with David C. Reardon   The following is excerpted from the book Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion by Theresa Burke, Ph.D., with David C. Reardon. It has been my experience that a high proportion of women suffering post-abortion trauma also have histories of molestation, sexual abuse, or incest. Most other post-abortion counselors with whom I deal have reported a similar observation. In a survey of women in post-abortion counseling groups, 21 percent reported a history of childhood physical abuse and 24 percent reported childhood sexual abuse.1 And in a random sample survey of the general population, Dianne Russell reports that approximately one in three girls is sexually abused before age 18 and one in four is abused by age 14. These alarming statistics have a good deal to do with patterns of abuse and crisis. Sexual abuse, at any age, can impair one’s ability to be healthy in the present. Sexual abuse is even more injurious when it is experienced during the formative years of childhood, since the distortions sexual trauma inflict can be deeper, more stunting, and more ingrained into the child’s developing personality.2 Sexual abuse survivors describe a sense of lost selves, wounded souls, and stolen psyches. It was not until television talk shows began to open the window on the experiences of those affected by sexual abuse that millions of people received permission to talk openly about this issue. They began to examine the reality and prevalence of sexual abuse and started to discuss the wide-ranging detrimental effects it has caused in their...

Repeat Abortions Are Often the Result of Trauma, Coercion (2010)

Half of Aborting Women Are Having Repeat Abortions, Study Finds Experts Say Repeat Abortions Are Often Result of Trauma, Coercion New statistics published by the pro-abortion Alan Guttmacher Institute indicate that half of women undergoing abortions have had a previous abortion. The high rate of repeat abortions poses a risk to women since having a repeat abortion increases the likelihood that a woman will have physical or mental health problems afterward, including a higher risk of substance abuse and subsequent preterm birth. Women who have repeat abortions are also more likely to be living in unstable situations, be divorced or be dependent on social services. Experts say that there are a number of reasons why women might have multiple abortions. One reason is traumatic reenactment, a symptom related to post-traumatic stress disorder, in which a person continually repeats the trauma in an attempt to resolve it. The problem may also be compounded by the desire of many women to have a "replacement pregnancy" after an abortion, only to find that the problems and pressures that led to abortion in the first place still exist and they once again see no other alternative. If abuse, pressure or force from others is involved it may be very difficult for her to break away from the abusive cycle. Repeat Abortions As a Result of Coercion Repeat abortions are also often facilitated by the fact that abortions are frequently performed without any effort to determine why a woman or girl is aborting, even when there is coercion or abuse involved. A study of U.S. women who had abortions found that even though 64...

Remembering the Victims Killed for Refusing to Abort

Forced Abortion in America http://www.theunchoice.com/pdf/FactSheet/ForcedAbortionReportAdvanced.pdf       REMEMBERING THE VICTIMS: WOMEN AND GIRLS KILLED FOR REFUSING TO ABORT    Following is just a partial list of women and girls who have been murdered because they refused to undergo abortions.   We remember all pregnant victims of violence and their unborn children as we continue to work for a society where all life is respected.    TAMMY LYNN BAKER — Killed by a pipe bomb set off by her boyfriend because he didn't want to pay child support. Her eight-month-old unborn baby also died.    CASSANDRA BETTS — Shot to death in front of her seven- year-old daughter in Dec. 2000 by her boyfriend after she refused to abort. Her unborn baby also died.    STEPHANIE NICOLE BURNETT, 16  — Killed by her 16-year-old boyfriend because he didn't want her to have a baby. An autopsy showed she was not pregnant.   TANIKA RACHELLE FOX, 17 — Killed by her 21-year-old boyfriend because she refused to have an abortion and he didn't want to pay child support. Her unborn baby also died.   CHERICA ADAMS, 24 — Killed in Nov. 1999 for refusing to abort. Her unborn son survived. Her boyfriend was convicted for plotting her death.    SONYA HAYES — Killed with her unborn baby by her boyfriend. At trial, witnesses testified that her boyfriend wanted her to have an abortion and that he threatened to kill the baby.    SHAKEISHA LLOYD — Ten years old, she was shot to death along with two elderly relatives in 1991 by the man who had been sexually abusing her after...

Unsuitable for Motherhood? Women Face Social and Cultural Pressure to Abort (2008)

Forced Abortion in America http://www.theunchoice.com/pdf/FactSheet/ForcedAbortionReportAdvanced.pdf     Unsuitable for Motherhood?  Women Face Social and Cultural Pressure to Abort In this excerpt from her book Giving Sorrow Words: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion, journalist and women's rights advocate Melinda Tankard Reist discusses some of the social and cultural factors that can lead to abortion. Abortion often takes place under conditions of reduced freedom. Inequitable workplace treatment, struggles to receive appropriate support, class and cultural biases in family size, attitudes toward "older" women and toward disabled women and disabled unborn babies, along with the social subordination of women in general, all conspire to direct certain women in a certain direction. If the conditions for continuing an unplanned pregnancy are not considered perfect when judged against socially accepted criteria, women often feel a sense of duty to abort. Germaine Greer wrote in 1992: [T]he fiction of the right to "choice" masked women's real vulnerability in the matter of reproduction. It is typical of the contradictions that break women’s hearts that when they availed themselves of their fragile right to abortion they often, even usually, went with grief and humiliation to carry out a painful duty that was presented to them as a privilege … Abortion is the last in a long line of non-choices …1   Greer elaborates on this in her book, The Whole Woman:   What women “won” was the "right" to undergo invasive procedures in order to terminate unwanted pregnancies, unwanted not just by them but by their parents, their sexual partners, the governments who would not support mothers, the employers who would not employ mothers, the landlords who...

Partner Violence & Pregnancy Outcomes Among Bangladeshi Women (BJOG, Oct2007)

BJOG. 2007 Oct;114(10):1246-52.     Intimate partner violence and unwanted pregnancy, miscarriage, induced abortion, and stillbirth among a national sample of Bangladeshi women.     Silverman JG, Gupta J, Decker MR, Kapur N, Raj A.     Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA. [email protected]     OBJECTIVE: To estimate (1) lifetime prevalence of physical and sexual victimisation from husbands among a national sample of Bangladeshi women, (2) associations of unwanted pregnancy and experiences of husband violence, and (3) associations of miscarriage, induced abortion, and fetal death/stillbirth and such victimisation. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, nationally representative study utilizing matched husband-wife data from the 2004 MEASURE Bangladesh Demographic Health Survey. SETTING: Bangladesh. POPULATION: Married Bangladeshi women ages 13-40 years old (n = 2677). METHODS: Bivariate and multivariate logistic regression analysis. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Relations of intimate partner violence to unwanted pregnancy, miscarriage, induced abortion and stillbirth. RESULTS: Three out of four (75.6%) Bangladeshi women experienced violence from husbands. Less educated, poorer, and Muslim women were at greatest risk. Women experiencing violence from husbands were more likely to report both unwanted pregnancy (ORs(adj) 1.46-1.54) and a pregnancy loss in the form of miscarriage, induced abortion, or stillbirth (ORs(adj) 1.43-1.69). Assessed individually, miscarriage was more likely among victimised women (OR(adj) 1.81). A nonsignificant trend was detected for increased risk of induced abortion (OR(adj) 1.64); stillbirth was unrelated to violence from husbands. CONCLUSION: Intimate partner violence is extremely prevalent and relates to unwanted pregnancy and higher rates of pregnancy loss or termination, particularly miscarriages, among Bangladeshi women. Investigation of mechanisms responsible for these associations will be critical to developing interventions...

Abortion and Race-Linked Funding (2008)

“SORRY,” SAYS PLANNED PARENTHOOD FOR ACCEPTING DONATIONS TARGETING MINORITIES Planned Parenthood has apologized for accepting donations intended only to end the lives of black babies. The Advocate, a pro-life student magazine at UCLA, hired an actor last year to call PPFA offices across the country offering race-linked funding. The donations were accepted, some enthusiastically. With the release of the recordings, the organization has threatened to sue the student magazine. [“Planned Parenthood of Idaho Apologizes for Targeting Black Babies,” CitizenLink.com, 03-18-08, http://www.citizenlink.org/CLBriefs/A000006872.cfm; POSTED: MAR 18, 2008, www.abstinence.net]   UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION REVEALS PLANNED PARENTHOOD RACISM: PP agreed to take donations earmarked to reduce numbers of Blacks. UCLA's pro-life student magazine, The Advocate, has revealed an undercover investigation in which representatives of Planned Parenthood enthusiastically accepted a financial donation targeting the abortion of an unborn black baby for racist motives. Lila Rose, editor of The Advocate, says she has taped responses of Planned Parenthood officials from seven states that reveal the eugenic character of their ideology. Lila told WorldNetDaily, "Students on campus are shocked and saddened that such a huge organization would have racist leanings in the present day. They are surprised to hear the truth about [Planned Parenthood founder] Margaret Sanger, and how the African-American community is being hurt by abortion. "There's a lot of surprise out there. Planned Parenthood does an excellent job of covering up the facts." Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was a proponent of "race hygiene" through "negative eugenics," an attempt to reduce the fertility of "dysgenic" groups, in the early 20th century. In 1921, she said eugenics is "the most adequate and thorough avenue...

Adverse Health & Risk Behaviors with Intimate Partner Violence (CDC, 2005)

ADVERSE HEALTH CONDITIONS AND HEALTH RISK BEHAVIORS ASSOCIATED WITH INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE — USA, 2005. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is defined as threatened, attempted, or completed physical or sexual violence or emotional abuse by a current or former intimate partner. IPV can be committed by a spouse, an ex-spouse, a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend, or a dating partner (1). Each year, IPV results in an estimated 1,200 deaths and 2 million injuries among women and nearly 600,000 injuries among men (1). In addition to the risk for death and injury, IPV has been associated with certain adverse health conditions and health risk behaviors (1). To gather additional information regarding the prevalence of IPV and to assess the association between IPV and selected adverse health conditions and health risk behaviors, CDC included IPV-related questions in an optional module of the 2005 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey. This report describes the results of that survey, which indicated that persons who report having experienced IPV during their lifetimes also are more likely to report current adverse health conditions and health risk behaviors. Although a causal link between IPV and adverse health conditions cannot be inferred from these results, they underscore the need for IPV assessment in health-care settings. In addition, the results indicate a need for secondary intervention strategies to address the health-related needs of IPV victims and reduce their risk for subsequent adverse health conditions and health risk behaviors… [w]hether adverse health outcomes are caused by IPV cannot be inferred. Evidence from other studies, however, suggests that one underlying mechanism that might link IPV and chronic diseases...

Abortion and Partner Abuse (ANZJPH, 4/07)

Published by researchers at La Trobe University in Australia, the study finds that women who are abused by their partners are more likely to have an abortion of an unexpected pregnancy than to keep the baby. Women having abortions were also more likely to be from lower income families.The researchers studied 9,683 young Australian women between the ages of 22 and 27. The information came from the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women's Health, which contains health data compiled by the government. Women who had abortions in their teens or early 20s were more likely to have been abused by a partner than those who carried the pregnancy to term, they found. The scientists published the results of the study in today's edition [3April07] of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. In their article, they wrote, "'Women experiencing violence and abuse can be subject to coercive sex and unprotected intercourse, leading to a higher rate of unplanned and unwanted pregnancies." Angela Taft and Lyndsey Watson led the study and Taft said that young women appear to have less control over sex or contraception decisions when they're with an abusive partner. "'You could say that young women don't feel they have the right to say no," she said. "What can society do about this problem?" Dr. Taft asks. "The take home message is that if we want to reduce the rate of abortion and unwanted pregnancy in Australia, especially among teenagers, we need to reduce violence against women." "Also healthcare providers and pregnancy counseling services should ask women seeking [abortions] about their experiences of partner abuse and if...

Dating Violence And Sexual Assault Associated With Suicide Attempts Among Urban Teens (APAM, 6/07)

Recent dating violence among urban teen females and lifetime history of sexual assault among urban teen males may be associated with suicide attempts, according to a report in the June 07 issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Suicide is the third leading cause of death in adolescents," according to background information in the article. "In 2003, 6.5 per 100,000 U.S. teenagers aged 14 to 19 years committed suicide." In 2005, more than 8 percent of high school students reported one or more suicide attempts in the previous year. Childhood sexual assault has been linked with depression, alcohol use and violence, making it a likely risk factor for a suicide attempt. "Dating violence has also been shown to be associated with depressive symptoms and multiple health-compromising behaviors," the authors write.Elyse Olshen, M.D., M.P.H., of Columbia University Medical Center, New York, and colleagues analyzed self-administered, anonymous questionnaires completed by 8,080 students (age 14 and older) from 87 New York City public high schools in 2005. The surveys measured different risk behaviors such as use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, unintentional injury and violence, sexual behaviors, dietary behaviors and physical activity. Students were also asked how many times they had attempted suicide, if they had experienced dating violence and if they had been sexually assaulted in the past 12 months. Females made up 51 percent of the students and those who responded were primarily not white (40.1 percent Hispanic, 36 percent black, 16 percent Asian/other and 7.9 percent white). "Persistent sadness (feeling sad or hopeless daily for two weeks in a row during the...

Israeli Doctor Exposes Nazi Abortion Program Reveals Chilling Parallels with the Ideas of Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger

An Israeli doctor has recently published an account of the Nazi use of abortion, euthanasia, and sterilization to eliminate groups they deemed “inferior stock”, especially Jewish and Slavic people. Dr. Tessa Chelouche writes that “Abortion was used as a weapon of mass destruction in Eastern Europe,” where “it has been estimated that tens of thousands of Polish and Russian women were compelled to abort not because of health reasons, but because of Nazi dogma.” She goes on to quote Hitler’s 1942 policy statement on the application of abortion to Slavic people, which is chillingly similar to modern Planned Parenthood propaganda: “In view of the large families of the Slav native population, it could only suit us if girls and women there had as many abortions as possible. We are not interested in seeing the non-German population multiply…We must use every means to install in the population the idea that it is harmful to have several children, the expenses that they cause and the dangerous effect on woman’s health… It will be necessary to open special institutions for abortions and doctors must be able to help out there in case there is any question of this being a breach of their professional ethics.” Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, expressed a similar objective about eliminating US colored people in a letter she wrote only months after Hitler’s invasion of Poland: “We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we...

CT Modeling Agency Owner Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse

Former modeling agency owner Michael Britt, 43, who worked as a janitor at the abortion center, is the subject of the latest CT case involving sexual abuse and abortion for sexually assaulting teens aged 18, 17, & 14 in March and April 2005 after they signed papers to be models. Britt, owner of Model World Enterprises had been charged on multiple counts but Senior Asst. State’s Attorney Cornelius Kelly told the judge the teens were reluctant to testify against him. Britt lured the teenagers by telling them that they couldn’t become models unless that had intercourse with him. He took the 14 year-old to the Summit Women’s Center abortion facility [Lipton family owns the chain which included the abortion business in Birmingham, AL which was closed by ADPH in 2006], where he worked and which was located in the same building as his agency. The 17 year-old indicated he took her to the abortion center as well. The Britt case follows just weeks after another abortion-sexual abuse case prompted observers to wonder why abortion facilities are not contacting authorities about the actions. Kevon Walker, 22, was charged earlier this month with getting his then 14 year-old girlfriend pregnant three times in six months and the girl wound up having three abortions as a result. Abortion businesses failed to report the statutory rape to authorities and officials only began investigating Walker’s actions when the victim’s mother contacted them. [Connecticut Post; 29May07, Ertelt, LifeNews.com, Bridgeport, CT] UPDATE: CT Abortion Center Staffer Sentenced to Prison for Sexual Abuse Bridgeport, CT (31Aug07, LifeNews.com) — The employee of an abortion facility in Connecticut is...

Number of Women Who Died From Abortion 1940-1980

How Many Illegal Abortions occurred in the USA? No one knows. Why? Because they were not reported. There are no statistics, no records anywhere. Therefore, if anyone tells you that there were X numbers of illegal abortions somewhere at a certain time, they are just guessing.   There is only one reported figure that we have: the number of women who died from illegal abortions. Since the 1940s, the USA has reported maternal deaths from illegal abortion. The following chart was used on the floor of the US Senate during the tumultuous debate on abortion in 1981. It was compiled from the official US statistics of the National Center for Health Statistics and was not challenged by the pro-abortion forces.   Antibiotics dramatically led to drop in maternal deaths from abortion   Note that after Penicillin became available to control infections, the number of deaths stabilized during the 1950s at about 250 deaths per year. By 1966, with abortion still illegal in all states, the number of deaths had dropped steadily to about 120 per year. The reason was new and better antibiotics, better surgical procedures, and the establishment of intensive care units in hospitals.   By 1972, the year before Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision (1973) allowing legal abortion on demand in all 50 states, maternal deaths from illegal abortion had fallen to 39; there were also 25 additional deaths that year resulting from legal abortions (in 16 states that had limited abortions, such as California and New York). Thus, according to U.S. statistics, legalization of abortion did not save thousands of lives, as is...

The Difficulty of Calculating Maternal Mortality

Limitations of Maternal Mortality Measurement Worldwide, measuring maternal mortality is difficult because information is needed about pregnancy status at or near the time of death. Autopsy findings may or may not be available. Some maternal deaths are missed or misclassified. The quality of cause of death information of the death certificate may vary tremendously. Lack of physician knowledge about the correct way to complete a death certificate is one of the difficulties in correctly measuring the number of maternal deaths. In other less developed places deaths (and births) just are never recorded. The World Health Organization states that registered maternal deaths should be adjusted upwards by 50 percent, on average.11  CDC states that the misclassification of deaths underestimates maternal death such that, in the US, the true number of maternal deaths is 1.3 to 3 times higher than reported by vital statistics records.20 Additionally when maternal deaths are relatively rare, they are subject to measurement error. It has been estimated that more that half of US maternal deaths are not identified through the routine use of cause of death codes on death certificates. [Pregnancy-Related Mortality in Alabama, December 2005, page 17, by Kathryn L. Chapman, Dr.P.A. Center for Health Statistics, Division of Statistical Analysis, http://ph.state.al.us/chs/index.htm;...

Rosa: "Rape" Victim Used to Advance Abortion

Rosa's Case: Lies of a Feminist Network Exposed in Nicaragua "Rosa" was the name the feminists of the Red de Mujeres Contra la Violencia, or Network of Women Against Violence (WNAV) gave to a 9-year-old Nicaraguan girl, who was raped and later became pregnant in the beginning of 2003 in Costa Rica.  Accusations laid at the doorstep of the girl's neighbor are now being challenged by a more in-depth investigation, one that not only clears his name, but points to far more sinister forces at work. WNAV used Rosa as a poster child to promote the decriminalization of abortion internationally, repeating the tired line that abortion is essential to save the lives of thousands of women. They produced videos, essays, books and organized several events in many American and European cities. At these events, the stepfather and the mother of Rosa were present, supported by the WNAV and demanding justice for Rosa, and a severe punishment of the rapist. On one of these occasions, egged on by the feminists, the girl's stepfather even said he would kill the neighbor with his own hands. In a series of moves reminiscent of young children going to the right parent for the answer they want, some key case members of the WNAV traveled to Costa Rica with officials (ideologically pro abortion) of the Attorney General Office on Human Rights of Nicaragua. They advocated the "right" of Rosa to abort her baby, with the full approval of the stepfather and mother. Upon learning that the Costa Rican government refuses to permit abortion, they promptly rushed Rosa to Nicaragua. Once there, authorities established that...