USA Legal Abortion Total Since 1973
Abortion Stats for MN & AL
UK: Abortion Numbers Continue to Rise
British Survey Finds Overwhelming Majority of Women Regret Abortions
Health Regulations Convince OH Abortionist to Quit / PA Abortionist Loses License
Australian Abortionist Won't Fight / The Australian Abortion Combo
FL Abortion Site Where Baby Born Alive Awaiting Charges
Rape & Incest Victims Don't Want Abortion, Say It Does Not Help Women
Abortions on Down Syndrome Babies Still as High as 85%
President's Council on Bioethics Concerned About Abortions on Disabled Babies
Abortion & Future Pregnancy
Leading UN Official: UN Pressures Countries to Support Abortion
New Website Lists Thousands of Violent Acts by Abortion Supporters
US LEGAL ABORTION TOTAL SINCE 1973, according to AGI (Alan Guttmacher Inst of PP) has surpassed 47 Million, with 1,293,000 abortions reported in 2002 (last report year). AGI numbers are always above (12%-20%) total reported by CDC, because CDC numbers are voluntarily reported while AGI actively collects reports. [Cincinnati Rt to Life, 4/06]
MN ABORTIONS DECLINE 3% IN 2005 – Lowest Level Since 1975. [MN DOH] There were 13,362 abortions in 2005 (13,791 in 2004). Scott Fischbach [dir, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life] credits the passage of pro-life laws for the decrease. The Woman's Right to Know law had been in place for 2 years. [1July06, LifeNews.com]
AL 2005 ABORTION NUMBERS REMAIN HIGH. With 10 licensed abortion centers, 11,211 abortions were recorded (4788 White, 6127 Black, 296 Other/Not Stated; 802 Teens aged 12-17; 9670 not married). [ADPH, ACHS, 9/06]
ILLINOIS PRO-LIFE GROUPS WANT COURT TO ENFORCE ABORTION LAW HELPING TEENS. A debate in -Illinois confronts an age-old problem high school students learn about in civics class. When a law is passed, the judicial branch is supposed to interpret it — but that's not happening with a measure designed to help parents help their teenager daughters avoid abortions. In 1995, the Illinois legislature passed a law that a parent or guardian should be notified 48 hours in advance of an abortion on a minor teen. But the Illinois Supreme Court has refused to write rules that the law requires for an appeals process and, as a result, the law can't go into effect. The high court is the only state court in the country not to write the companion rules. As a result, Illinois has become a haven for abortions on teenagers in other states and was one of the reasons Congressional lawmakers put forward a bill that would stop adults from taking teenagers out of state for secret abortions. Pro-life advocates want to get the law on the books and several groups, are submitting a petition to the court to get it to write the rules. DuPage County State’s Attorney Joseph Birkett filed a petition last June to Chief Justice Robert Thomas and his colleagues asking for the court to issue the rules. Now, pro-life attorneys Tom Brejcha and Paul Linton, for the organizations, have issued a supplemental petition. [LifeNews.com, 14Sept06]
BRITISH SURVEY FINDS OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF WOMEN REGRETTED ABORTIONS. A British pro-life group placed advertisements in six women's magazines there to gather the experiences of women who had abortions and find out their reaction to their decision years down the road. More than 82 percent of the women who responded indicated they deeply regretted their abortion decisions. Some 248 women replied to the ads sponsored by the group LIFE between April and early July.
Just 26 said they had a few or no regrets about their abortions, including one 74 year-old woman who had three abortions in the 1960s and 70s and another who had aborted twins. Of that small group of women, they indicated they had no other alternative than the abortion or said it was the "right thing" at that moment in their lives. Still, many said they would not want to do it again. Nine other women said they were undecided about their abortion experiences.
However, 204 of the 248 women said they deeply regretted their abortions. LIFE asked 96 women in a follow-up survey whether they would have gone through with the abortion had they known the medical and emotional problems abortions can cause. Sixty-four of the women answered no and most very emphatically. Virtually all of the women said that women considering abortions should be given more information on potential problems. Most said they were only told there would be an inordinate amount of bleeding but were given little or no counseling or information. [LifeNews.com, 13Sept06 http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=51925]
RULES CONVINCE OH ABORTIONIST TO QUIT: Officials reject license renewal request after state regulators uncovered more than a dozen health code violations, including a serious situation that endangered the life of a patient. T
he East Side Cleveland business that performed second-trimester abortions is closing down. The Ohio Department of Health concluded, in an in-depth report on the Center for Women's Health, that the business failed to have agreements with area hospitals for patients to be admitted in case of serious complications [Plain Dealer].
The state report said the clinic had difficulty finding a hospital willing to admit a patient with such complications during a second-trimester abortion, in what appeared to be the most serious infraction. The closure, just the latest in a long list of abortion business closures over run-ins with rules in recent weeks, actually will happen soon, because officials have cited the problems in rejecting the business's request for a new license. A wide range of other routine care requirements also were not met, the state agency concluded.
Cheryl Sullenger, [spokeswoman, Operation Rescue] told WND that these situations are developing more and more: "The more they're inspected, the more stuff we'll find," she said. Sullenger said for many years such businesses have fallen under no oversight, and as states impose rules on such facilities, the abortionists are unable to deal with it.
The Center had been licensed as an ambulatory surgical care facility since 2000, when it obtained the license under an order from the state, but later let it lapse. Dr. Martin Ruddock, who runs the business, believes it is a private medical practice and it should not be regulated by the state. Nearly a dozen other abortion businesses in Ohio, California, Alabama and Florida also have been closed recently over similar issues, such as workers without medical licenses performing medical procedures, the misuse of drugs and others; some of these have reopened following compliance with rules. Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said the implementation of standards for medical facilities is effective at stopping the abortion industry. "Standards are useful tools that are putting abortionist sites out of business," Newman said. "As a result, our land is …a safer place for women…"
In a report by Carrie Gordon Earll, the senior policy analyst for bioethics at Focus on the Family, Ruddock had confirmed that many of the late-term abortions he performed were on unborn children and mothers who were healthy. A business in Hialeah, Fla., where an investigation continues into allegations a baby was born alive, then killed and placed on the roof of the building to avoid detection by police, was shut down. Family Planning Center in Daytona Beach, FL, will no longer provide abortions because abortionist Randall Whitney said he didn't want to meet the required rules. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported Whitney describes himself as a "modified Christian" who isn't concerned over the up to 1,500 abortions he performs annually.
"I sleep well," Whitney told the newspaper. "I have no concerns about what might have been if a fetus lived." Whitney also works part-time for abortionist James Pendergraft, whose medical license was suspended last month because of allegations he performed illegal late-term abortions and was prescribing medication without the proper Drug Enforcement Administration certification. "Whitney's arrogant attitude about complying with regulations is increasingly typical in the abortion industry," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "This story reaffirms that our country faces a crisis of abortion clinics that operate as if they are above the law at the cost of innocent lives." [5Sept06, http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?; 12Sept06, WorldNetDaily.com, http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=51925; N Valko RN]
ABORTIONS ON DOWN SYNDROME BABIES STILL HIGH, MAYBE 85 PERCENT. Abortions on babies with Down syndrome are still high and estimates show that as many as 85 percent of babies with the condition are victims of abortion. "To me it's scary," Andrew Imparato, president and chief executive officer of the American Association of People with Disabilities, told the Tennessean newspaper. "It's like trying to create a master race." Dr. Karen Summar, a pediatrician at the Vanderbilt children's hospital's Down syndrome clinic says she also thinks that more women are probably having abortions when tests show the baby has the condition. Still, she thinks more data is needed to prove it. Research shows only about half the expected number of babies with Down syndrome were born in 2001. The study in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found a nationwide decline in Down syndrome births, even as more women are giving birth later in life, which greatly increases the risk of Down syndrome. [4Sept06, LifeNews.com, TN]
AUSTRALIA ABORTION PRACTITIONER WON'T FIGHT NEW COMPLAINTS. Suman Sood, recently convicted by a court for illegally giving a woman an abortion drug late in pregnancy, won't fight new complaints against her filed by women who say she gave them substandard medical care. Several new complaints have been filed with officials over the way Suman Sood handled abortions done on various women. The New South Wales (NSW) Medical Tribunal will soon hold a hearing on the complaints but Sood won't contest them. Some 11 women who received abortion or other medical care from her since 1998 filed the complaints. "I have decided not to contest the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) at the medical tribunal proceedings," Sood said. "I have accepted my counsel Mr Phillip Boulten and Mr Michael Fordham's advice that it is inappropriate for me to comment on the particulars in the HCCC case whilst the criminal proceedings are continuing," she said. In the illegal abortion case, Sood failed to conduct a medical examination on a patient she gave a dangerous abortion drug to that resulted in a botched abortion. The woman gave birth to a premature baby boy in the toilet in her bathroom at home and by the time paramedics could rush the infant to the hospital, he was dead. Sood was convicted and a court hearing for the sentencing is expected this week. She could be jailed for as much as 10 years as a result. [12Sept06, LifeNews.com]
UK: RISING NUMBER OF ABORTIONS CONFIRM NEED TO CHANGE 1967 LAW. A Department of Health (DOH) 4July06 report for 2005 on abortion in England and Wales indicates the abortion rate rose by 0.4%, up from 186,416, compared with 185,700 a year earlier, and confirms a growing awareness in Parliament that it needs to revisit the 1967 Abortion Act in order to address the ris
e of abortions throughout the United Kingdom.
Last year 7,937 abortions were carried out for non-residents of England and Wales, comprised mostly of women from Ireland, bringing the final tally of abortions in Great Britain to 194,353 for 2005. Scotland also experienced 12,603 abortions in 2005 according to a separate BBC report, a record number of abortions since the practice was legalized throughout the UK in 1967.
However the 2005 data also that 1,083 abortions were performed on girls 14 and younger, a figure that has outraged John Smeaton, the national director of the Society for the Protection for Unborn Children (SPUC). "It is shameful that the government should promote secret abortions for girls under the age of consent and insist that their parents aren't told," said Smeaton, who pointed out that the DOH wrongly tells UK doctors that the law of confidentiality is the same for all regardless whether the minor’s age is under 16.
Official figures also reveal that 1,900 abortions were performed under the eugenic "ground E", which permits abortion if doctors detect that the child would be born handicapped or disfigured. 22% of these “ground-E” cases were babies aborted with Down syndrome.
During the 2003-2005 period, 32% of women undergoing abortions had one or more previous abortions, a statistic that has risen from about 28% since 1995. "The high percentage of abortions — 66% — within the first nine weeks of pregnancy is clear evidence, if any were needed, that abortion is provided on demand in the UK," said Julia Millington of the UK’s ProLife Alliance in a press release July 4, who noted that abortion has become little more than a method of contraception in the UK.
The latest data on abortion has encouraged British politicians to re-open the debate on the 1967 Abortion Act, which was last amended in 1990, placing the restriction on abortion at 24 weeks, the estimated point at which an infant is able live outside the womb. The increasing rates of abortion in the UK have revealed that the government’s millions of pounds spent on sex education programs and massive availability of contraceptives have contributed to the rise of abortion, instead of accomplishing their purported aim to reduce it.
According to a July 3 BBC report, more than 60 British members of Parliament’s House of Commons have signed onto a motion requesting a review of the abortion law, and this review has also garnered the support of Lord David Steel, the original architect of the 1967 law. However, current proposals to limit abortion to 20-22 weeks may affect only 1% of British abortions, since the vast majority of abortions occur before the baby reaches 13 weeks gestation. Only 124 abortions were performed at 24 weeks gestation in 2004. Nevertheless, pro-life organizations and leaders are hailing any advance towards re-igniting the abortion debate in the kingdom.
Blair has been trying to avoid making the debate an election issue. Murphy-O’Connor: “Abortion is the wrong answer to fear and insecurity. As a society we need to look at ways of supporting women who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy…People know, perhaps instinctively, that the goodness of a society is known not by its wealth but by the way which it treats the most vulnerable of human beings, the ones with little or no claim on public attention." According to LIFE [UK pro-life charity] there have been 6 million abortions carried out in the United Kingdom since the 1967 laws decriminalized abortion. [zenit.org; P. J. Smith LONDON, 1Aug06 LifeSiteNews.com]
PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL ON BIOETHICS CONCERNED ABOUT ABORTIONS ON DISABLED BABIES: the advancement of medicine is leading to tests showing disabilities in unborn children that may prompt abortions. Prenatal testing is leading to "eugenic" abortions, several members of the panel said. The panel called the information gathered from such prenatal testing "toxic knowledge" because such a high percentage of pregnancies involving disabled babies end in abortion. Dr. William Hurlbut, a biology professor at Stanford University, called such information "learning more than you want to or more than you can handle" [CNS report]. Hurlbut added that parents who find out their unborn children have a physical or mental disability can develop depression and psychiatric disorders. Some parents even consider suicide, he said. He also said that prenatal testing paves the way for genetic thinking where people began trying to eliminate less than desirable traits in their family. "It's the flavor-of-the-month preference for what people can look like," he said. [12Sept06, LifeNews.com]
PLANNED PARENTHOOD & FETAL TISSUE. “On its website, PPFA gives women info for donating their aborted babies for medical treatment and research. They present this as one other ‘right to choose’ for women. From this site: ‘Decisions about donating human tissue are never taken lightly or made easily. Most agree that such decisions reflect generosity, courage, and the hope that some humanitarian good may come out of an unintended pregnancy.’ No mention of generosity, courage, and humanitarian good of carrying defenseless babies to term and giving them life.” [Cincinnati Rt to Life, 8/06]
LEADING UN OFFICIAL: UNITED NATIONS PRESSURES COUNTRIES TO BACK ABORTION. Dr. Krisztina Morvai of Hungary criticized the international body [early 9/06 meeting] saying that it deviates too often from the text of treaties and resolutions to pressure pro-life nations to legalize abortion. Morvai said there is an inconsistency in the monitoring process the UN uses to check on countries following through on treaties they have adopted at the international level.
Morvai, who has been a member of the CEDAW committee since 2002, made the comments at a UN delegate luncheon sponsored by Focus on the Family. Dr. Susan Yoshihara [exec VP, CFamily & Human Rights Institute] read a statement on her behalf. “What about, for example, 'women’s right to abortion' which is not mentioned in the [CEDAW] Convention?," Morvai asked. "Did State Parties give the authority to the Committee that monitors the enforcement of the Treaty to declare or to create such a right through interpretation? Or did States Parties keep the right to legislate in fields that are not covered by the Convention for themselves, for their own societies," she wondered. [11Sept06, LifeNews.com]
Morvai also wondered about the quasi-judicial character
of the CEDAW Committee. Though the treaty is binding on the government who signs it, the CEDAW Committee is only an advisory body. “Governments as well as local civil societies should be able to clearly differentiate between legally binding international obligations and non-binding advisory opinions.” Morvai concluded by calling for an overhaul of the UN committee system. “The present ‘pro-choice rhetoric’ and practice of most UN bodies, including the treaty monitoring bodies – in areas such as abortion, contraception and sex education for adolescent girls, and prostitution as sex work – should be re-evaluated. The international community should ensure that UN Human Rights Treaties are not used to put pressure on States to introduce value systems, policies and practices that are not only alien to them, but also harmful to women and girls, and therefore should not be conceptualized as women’s human rights through illegitimate, unauthorized ‘creative interpretations’.”
Dr. Fernando Carbone of the Peruvian government, and Mr. Konrad Szymanski, a Polish Member of the European Parliament, also complained about pressure put on their governments by UN committees to legalize abortion, pressure they say is beyond the mandate of the committees. According to Szymanski, in 2004 the Human Rights Committee even went so far as to indirectly support a draft law legalizing abortion in Poland.
Szymanski said, “One can even have the impression that the UN with every subsequent failure to accomplish its primary mission – world peace – is more and more intensively involved in accomplishing other goals.” He continued, “These other goals are far and beyond its primary subject of interest as it promotes law reform on abortion, homosexuality, sexual education or prostitution.”
Szymanski pointed out that since 1996 these committees have expressed support for the legalization of abortion on 56 various occasions towards 44 Member States of the United Nations. He stated, “This situation exists despite the fact that access to abortion, and other issues included in the committees’ recommendations, such as access to sexual education and contraceptives, is not part of any treaty entered into with the UN system.” [7Sept06, LifeSiteNews.com]
STANDING UP TO UN BULLYING ON ABORTION. Last week, a well-respected insider and two stalwart outsiders stood up against the United Nations’ bullying by forcing nations into compliance with non-binding treaties engineered by the left to impose their views on the rest of the world. The UN, through scolding, pressure, criticism and warnings, coerces member nations into supporting actions and ideology that often are contrary to their national interests and, sometimes, even their country's laws. Thus, the UN flaunts national sovereignty and international law in its effort to mandate leftist policies, especially those that are pro-abortion and those that supposedly “empower women.” Over 50 United Nations delegates, ambassadors and embassy officials gathered in a private delegates’ dining room at UN headquarters to hear the presentations about the need to reform UN treaty monitoring committees. Sponsored by Focus on the Family, the three-hour session exposed ways that the UN pressures member nations to legalize and increase access to abortion and documented 44 nations that have been arbitrarily pressured — six of them twice by the same committee and six by two different UN committees.
At a UN luncheon last week, Dr. Krisztina Morvai of Hungary, who has served for four years as a member of the CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) compliance committee, released a powerful statement criticizing the treaty monitoring process at the UN. In Dr. Morvai’s written statement (she missed the meeting because of health reasons), she identified herself as a feminist and framed her critique as concern about whether polices serve “the genuine interests of women and girls.” Instead of increasing the well being of women, Dr. Morvai’s statement asserted that the UN’s policies increase discrimination against women. Her experiences and analyses lead her to conclude that the “legally binding character” of UN treaties is problematic. According to Dr. Morvai, the interpretation of UN treaties “often results in the misconception that certain values, principles, policies and practices must be introduced universally.” Further, she noted, UN treaties should not be used to change a nation's “value systems, policies and practices.” She disagreed, for instance, with the UN’s position on the “right” to an abortion being a “liberating” act for a woman. She also disagreed with the effort to legalize prostitution — an act that she described as “using women as objects as opposed to treating them as human beings with dignity.” Further, she opposes “sex education” that reduces human sexuality to “mere technicality” and separates “sex” from human relationships.
Dr. Morvai also opposes the distribution of condoms as an “almost exclusive response” to the AIDS epidemic. Dr. Fernando Carbone Campoverde, a Peruvian surgeon, professor of medicine, author and official with the Association for Public Health in Peru and former Vice-Minister of Health of Peru, declared that “we have reached the limit of what we can allow” regarding UN pressure and interference in national sovereignty.
He described in detail Peru’s experience with the UN’s strong-arm tactics in 1995 when the nation was falsely accused and falsely sanctioned by the UN for violating a pregnant woman's rights supposedly because of her social and economic status, though Dr. Carbone provided ample evidence that such was not the case.
He declared unequivocally that the right to life is the fundamental right from which all other human rights flow. To illustrate the emptiness of what he called “sentimental abortions” (those instigated simply to end the mother's “anguish”), he gave an emotional account of his wife's miscarriage and his family's experience with having a handicapped child, Benito. He beautifully described their journey with Benito as the joy of “accompanying this child through life.”
The Honorable Konrad Szymanski, a member of the European Parliament from Poland, declared that the UN focuses on abortion, homosexuality and prostitution because it has failed in its primary mission of world peace. Further, he asserted that committee members should not “act in their own name”; instead they should conform to “human rights credibility and accountability.”
Mr. Szymanski also believes that UN pressure on social issues goes far beyond the UN’s appropriate role and such advocacy is not part of any UN treaty. Poland, said Mr. Szymanski, eliminated “social conditions” as grounds for abortion in 1993. That action “significantly narrowed the possibilities for receiving an abortion in Poland.” Thus, most of the legal abortions performed in Poland are because of the “danger to life or health of the mother.”
He cited data supporting the conclusion that Poland's stance about abortion has increased women's well being in that nation. Nevertheless, the European Union and the United Nations have put pressure on Poland to change its pro-life laws.
It is past time for the United Nations to be called to account for ignoring the real concerns of girls and women. It is past time to end what Dr. Morvai called “creative interpretations” of treaties. Last week marked a major step forward in ending the UN’s bullying of nations into policy positions that are harmful to women and nations’ sovereignty. Dr. Janet Shaw Crouse is a spokeswoman for Concerned Women for America and a fellow with the Beverly LaHaye Institute. [Crouse 18Sept06, LifeNews.com]
STANDING UP TO UN BULLYING ON ABORTION. Last week, a well-respected insider and two stalwart outsiders stood up against the United Nations’ bullying by forcing nations into compliance with non-binding treaties engineered by the left to impose their views on the rest of the world. The UN, through scolding, pressure, criticism and warnings, coerces member nations into supporting actions and ideology that often are contrary to their national interests and, sometimes, even their country's laws. Thus, the UN flaunts national sovereignty and international law in its effort to mandate leftist policies, especially those that are pro-abortion and those that supposedly “empower women.”
Over 50 United Nations delegates, ambassadors and embassy officials gathered in a private delegates’ dining room at UN headquarters to hear the presentations about the need to reform UN treaty monitoring committees.
Sponsored by Focus on the Family, the three-hour session exposed ways that the UN pressures member nations to legalize and increase access to abortion and documented 44 nations that have been arbitrarily pressured — six of them twice by the same committee and six by two different UN committees.
RAPE AND INCEST VICTIMS DON'T WANT ABORTION, SAY IT DOESN'T HELP WOMEN. Voters Debating South Dakota Abortion Ban Unaware Abortion Intensifies Victims' Trauma. Abortion creates more problems for rape and incest victims than it solves, according to the Ad Hoc Committee of Women Pregnant by Sexual Assault (WPSA). In an effort to gain a public voice in the contentious abortion debate, the group has written a petition to Congress and state legislatures asking for public hearings at which women who've become pregnant through sexual assault can share their stories and address the real concerns that they have faced. "In virtually every case, those people who claim to represent our interests have never taken the time to actually listen to us or to learn about our true circumstances, needs, and concerns," they wrote. "We are deeply offended and dismayed each time our difficult circumstances are exploited for public consumption to promote the political agenda of others."
The group is particularly concerned about the widespread misconception, even among people who generally oppose abortion, that sexual assault victims generally want or benefit from abortions.
For example, a statewide survey in South Dakota recently found a proposed abortion ban there would receive overwhelming support at the polls as long as it provided an exception for rape and incest cases. Without the exception, the ban is favored by only 39 percent, with 47 percent opposing it and 14 percent undecided.
However, the WPSA members say abortion does nothing to help women pregnant through sexual assault, and in many cases is actually detrimental to them.
"In many cases, we felt pressured to abort by family members, social workers, and doctors who insisted that abortion was the 'best' solution," they wrote. "For many the abortion caused physical and emotional trauma equal to or exceeding the trauma of the sexual assault that our abortions were supposed to 'cure.'"
Dr. David Reardon, who co-authored the book Victims and Victors: Speaking Out About Their Pregnancies, Abortions, and Children Resulting from Sexual Assault, said the results of the South Dakota poll results reflect voters' desire to spare women the hardships often associated with giving birth to a child conceived in sexual assault.
"Typically, most people have accepted the premise that sexual assault victims not only want abortions but will actually benefit from them," said Reardon, a leading researcher on post-abortion issues and director of the Elliot Institute. "They assume abortion will help victims put the assault behind them, recover more quickly, and avoid the problems that might arise with giving birth to the child–who is often described as the 'rapist's child' rather than the woman's child."
But the only two published studies that have actually tracked the choices and experiences of women who have become pregnant after rape or incest, Reardon said, actually lead to the opposite conclusions. Remarkably, both studies found that approximately 70 percent of pregnant rape victims chose to give birth rather than have abortions, even though abortion was readily available.
"Prior to becoming pregnant, many of these woman would have said that they would have an abortion if they became pregnant through rape." said Reardon. "But after the rape, many change their minds because they have a heightened concern about abuse and trauma. They want to break the cycle of violence. Many also sense that an abortion will only add to their emotional suffering."
Furthermore, in the Elliot Institute's survey of 192 women who became pregnant through rape or incest, nearly 80 percent of the woman who had abortions said that they strongly regretted the abortion, with most saying it had caused far more harm than good in their lives. Among women who gave birth to their children, the consensus against abortion was even stronger.
Of the women who reported having abortions, most reported feeling pressured by family members or health care workers to undergo abortions.
"This was especially the case for those who became pregnant through incest," Reardon said. "in almost every case, the abortion was chosen by the girl's parents or tragically, by the perpetrator himself. In some cases the abortion was used to cover up the incest and the girl was returned to the same abusive situation to be victimized again."
According to Reardon, the problem of coerced abortions is a national epidemic. A recent survey found that 64 percent of women who report a history of abortion also report feeling pressured by others to have abortions. Reardon said the percentage is likely higher for those who become pregnant through sexual assault.
In one case described in Victims and Victors, a woman who was impregnated by her father at the age of 15 wrote of being taken to the hospital, where her father demanded that an abortion be performed. When she refused, she was held down by the nurses and drugged before being subjected to the abortion.
"I grieve every day for my daughter," wrote the woman, who asked that her name be concealed to protect her privacy. "I have struggled every day to forget the abuse and the abortion. I can do neither. . . . The trauma of the rape and abuse was only intensified by the abortion."
Abortion, Reardon said, "gives molesters the means to cover up their crime and the opportunity to repeat it, subjecting the victims to repeated ongoing abuse as well as the additional trauma of an unwanted abortion." < /p>
More than a dozen studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals in the past several years have documented psychological problems among women who have had abortions, including higher rates of depression, substance abuse, psychiatric problems, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, sleep disorders, and other difficulties.
"Many of these studies indicate that women with a history of trauma are even more likely to experience traumatic reactions following an abortion," Reardon said. "Sexual assault victims are not immune to post-abortion trauma. Indeed, the best evidence suggests that they may be at the greatest risk of severe reactions to abortion."
But if sexual assault victims aren't offered abortions, what should be the response from those around them?
"The women in our survey said repeatedly that what they needed was time and support to come to terms with the assault and the resulting pregnancy," Reardon said. "While none proposed that there are any easy solutions, well over 80 percent believed that abortion clearly made their problems worse."
For Kathleen DeZeeuw, who raised her son after becoming pregnant through rape at the age of 16, the solution begins with attentive listening. She says abortion advocates have used the issue of sexual assault pregnancy to push for abortion without considering the real needs of the women involved.
"I feel personally assaulted and insulted every time I hear that abortion should be legal because of rape and incest," she wrote in Victims and Victors. "I feel we're being used to further the abortion issue, even though we've never been asked to tell our side of the story."
"Women who have gone through the trauma of rape or incest need to be counseled, cared for, and listened to," she added. "A woman is most vulnerable at a time such as this and doesn't need to be pounced on by yet another act of violence. She needs someone to truly listen to her, care for her, and give her time to heal."
[7Sept06 LifeSiteNews.com; For more information: http://www.unchoice.info/resources.htm]
FL ABORTION SITE WHERE BABY BORN ALIVE AWAITING CHARGES. Prosecutors are still gathering evidence in the case of a baby who was apparently born alive following a botched abortion at a Florida abortion business. The GYN Diagnostic Center in Hialeah closed for good last month when it turned over its state-issued medical license. Charges against the abortion business depend in part on whether the unborn child was past viability at the time of birth.
According to the Miami Herald, the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner believes the baby was at 22 weeks gestation at the time. Assistant State Attorney Kathleen Hoague is still gathering evidence in the case, which will include two sonogram photos done on the mother before the baby was born. 'There are lots of questions that medically I don't have the answer to yet,'' Hoague told the Herald. "You're talking about a fetus that could be aborted legally.'' According to witnesses, an unnamed young woman went to the A Gynecologists Diagnostic Center abortion facility for an abortion. Police say the 18 year-old returned the next day complaining of severe stomach pains. Abortion facility staff told her the abortion practitioner was not available and that she would have to wait. After being taken to a waiting area, the woman allegedly gave birth to the baby that she thought had been aborted the day before.
Officials say an anonymous caller, who they believe is an employee at the abortion business, alerted them to the birth and the infanticide of the child afterwards. However, when police arrived at the abortion facility, the baby's body was missing. They came back a second time and found the dead baby in a biohazard bag. Detectives say abortion facility staff likely moved the baby's body the first time to avoid detection.
Hialeah police Deputy Chief Mark Overton told the Herald "'They hid the body from us for eight days," and there is suspicion that abortion facility staff hid the body of the baby on the roof for eight days. Overton said homicide or manslaughter charges could be filed and Hialeah police are pushing for charges saying the staff should have called 911 or sent the teen to a hospital. ''This has to be a homicide, an unlawful killing. It could be manslaughter, but we believe it falls in that realm,'' Overton said.
But Hoague needs at least three weeks to compile the medical information and there may be no conclusion as to whether the baby was in fact born alive because the body of the baby is so badly decomposed. If the baby wasn't likely to survive, then there may be no charges in the case.
Lesser charges related to the disposal of babies who die from abortions or state health and safety codes could come into play against the owner or staff.
Regina DeMoraes-Millan, a lawyer for the abortion business, told the Miami Herald at the time that no crime was committed and that the teen had a successful abortion and no complications. ''It's a legal business,'' she said.
The city was preparing to take action on the license suspension but before it could do so the owners of the abortion facility surrendered its license to operate to the state's Agency for Health Care Administration, according to the Miami Herald.
Giving up the license means the abortion facility cannot practice medicine in the state John Travers, the city's licensing administrator, told the Herald.
Belkis Gonzalez of Miramar, Florida, owns the abortion facility and another in Miramar, which has run afoul of state regulations on numerous occasions. It was closed last year after three employees were found to be unlicensed. [18Sept06, Hialeah, FL LifeNews.com]
NEW WEBSITE DETAILS THOUSANDS OF VIOLENT CRIMES BY ABORTION SUPPORTERS. Human Life International–the world’s largest pro-life, pro-family civil rights organization with over 90 affiliates in 75 countries around the world–announced the launch of its newest web-based informational resource: ProchoiceViolence.com. “This website exposes the pro-choice movement as the most violent political movement in United States history. In fact, we have documented over 7,00
0 acts of violence and illegal activities by those who support or practice abortion,” stated Brian Clowes, Ph. D., senior analyst for HLI. “We have launched this site to expose this troubling truth and to draw attention to the fact that this violence is escalating at a very disturbing rate. Since 2000, there have been an astonishing 269 homicides and other killings committed by the pro-abortion movement.”
ProchoiceViolence.com also exposes how the pro-abortion movement has systematically targeted minorities and had a devastating impact upon the African-American community. “Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, was a known eugenicist who bragged about speaking before meetings of the KKK and at one time wanted the organization’s slogan to be ‘to breed a race of thoroughbreds,’” explained Clowes. “Sanger’s vision has set the agenda for Planned Parenthood and much of the pro-abortion movement to this very day.”
This fact was drawn into clear focus in the recent story that detailed how a Maine couple had abducted their 19-year old daughter, bound her hands and feet and were transporting her to New York for a late-term abortion because the child’s father was black.
“This was not an act of compassion, this was not an act of concern and it was certainly not an act of love on the part of this couple from Maine,” observed Clowes. “Abortion is one of the most violent acts known in the history of mankind and its acceptance into our otherwise civil society has served to breed more and more violence to the point where we are now witnessing parents who physically subdue and kidnap their own children in an effort to force them to abort their unborn grandchildren.”
[FRONT ROYAL, 20 Sept06 LifeSiteNews.com]
SENATOR VOWS TO BLOCK FDA NOMINEE OVER RU-486. Pro-life US Senator DeMint (SC-R) has vowed to block Bush’s nomination of acting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Von Eschenbach, until the agency pulls the medical abortion drug RU-486 [Mifeprex] off the market, demonstrating real concern for women’s health. The abortion inducing drug has caused death in at least 8 women, besides hundreds of severe life-threatening complications. DeMint: "Any other drug would have been removed from the market. Since this drug was approved, the FDA has removed 9 products from markets where there were adverse reactions, not even deaths." The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is expected to approve von Eschenbach's nomination today and send it to the full Senate for a vote, although any senator may place a hold on full consideration by the Senate.
Since the drug’s approval 4 years ago, the FDA’s “adverse event reporting” for RU-486 (Mifepristone) reveals at least 607 serious adverse events from use of the drug.
Complications from the abortion drug have resulted in at least 8 deaths and 513 cases of women requiring surgery with 235 emergency surgeries due to complications from the chemical abortifacient. Mifepristone is also suspected in the deaths of four California women, who died from a bacterial infection of C. sordelli, a generally harmless bacterium.
DeMint raised another serious issue: that the FDA holds a double standard for abortion drugs substantially at odds with its standard regulation of other drugs:
"[RU-486] is manufactured in a plant in China that has not been inspected by the FDA since the product was first approved, and yet the same FDA says we cannot import from Canada safe drugs that are made in this country to lower the price of drugs for seniors."
Recently, Senate Democrats dropped their opposition to von Eschenbach after the FDA approved “Plan-B”, an abortifacient “emergency contraceptive” for dual over-the-counter and prescription status. The move caused an outcry that von Eschenbach showed a willingness to play politics with women’s lives by permitting high doses of contraceptive hormone, far higher than prescription doses requiring doctor’s supervision.
"Sen. DeMint believes that a qualified FDA nominee would publicly discourage [Mifeprex's] use and take immediate steps to remove it from the market," said DeMint’s press secretary, Wesley Denton according to the New York Times. "We've reached a breaking point here, and the senator's not going to budge until they wake up over at FDA."
FDA Reveals 607 Adverse Events Related to RU-486 Abortion, Including Five Deaths
FDA Defends Response to Deadly RU-486 Abortion Drug
[19Sept06, Jim Rosen, Washington Bureau, interview at Capitol; P. J. Smith, 20Sept06 LifeSiteNews.com]
AUSTRALIANS USING DEADLY DRUG COMBO FOR ABORTIONS INSTEAD OF RU 486, even after the nation's drug regulatory agency authorized its use. Instead, they are using a combination of 2 "off-label" drugs to produce abortions despite the fact that the drugs are intended for other purposes. Caroline de Costa [Australia-based abortion practitioner] and one of the few who have been licensed to sell the abortion drug, discussed what other doctors are doing in a letter to the editor in the Medical Journal of Australia: "several hundred [physicians] annually" are using a combination of methotrexate, a drug licensed to treat cancer patients, and misoprostol, a medicine for stomach ulcers, or just misoprostol alone "under the radar", to produce abortions up to 13 weeks into pregnancy.
It's being done in cases when the unborn baby supposedly has severe physical or mental "deformities." They're apparently doing so because the approval process to sell the mifepristone (RU 486) abortion drug is so complex despite the Therapeutic Goods Administration authorizing a handful of abortion practitioners to sell it.
Christine Tippet [pres-elect, Royal Australian & New Zealand College of OBGs] confirmed de Costa's claims: "There do seem to be more people out there using methotrexate and misoprostol than we were aware of." Both drugs are licensed in the country, and physicians are perm
itted to use the drugs for purposes for which they are not licensed as long as they are effective and safe.
This isn't the first time abortion practitioners have misused the drugs to cause abortions. British-based abortion business Marie Stopes International announced in July that it would misuse methotrexate as an alternative to RU 486 in a pilot program involving 100 women in Sydney in August. The abortion business said if the trial was successful it would begin giving the cancer drug to women for early-term abortions at its eight Australian abortion centers in NSW, the ACT, Queensland and Western Australia. MSI also plans to open a new abortion center in Melbourne this year.
Goldstone, a senior Marie Stopes abortion practitioner heading up the trial, told The Age at the time that the mifepristone abortion drug is slightly more effective than methotrexate but he said the process of getting the RU 486 abortion drug approved nationwide was "very long-winded."
However, the Australian government and medical experts disagree. Australian Medical Association president Mukesh Haikerwal says he is concerned about the off-label use of the drug. "A drug that's being used for a purpose that it's not registered, it would certainly cause significant concern," he said. "Because obviously there is a license for which the drug is there to be used for, and if it's used for other things it then becomes problematic. You've got to have a scientific basis for using it and need to make sure processes are properly adhered to because then that gives patients some degree of security about what's going on and it gives some protection for the doctor who's using that medication," he explained.
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists president Ken Clark said methotrexate is an "experimental option" and needs to be approved before its used and [Monash University chairman, OBG] David Healy said that methotrexate was "best left as a cancer medicine."
Meanwhile, Geoff Brodie [medical dir, Australian Birth Control Services] did 60 abortions using the methotrexate drug and reported earlier this year that 2 of the women needed surgical abortions because the drug failed to work properly. [The Age newspaper; Ertelt, LifeNews.com, 19Sept06, Canberra]
PA ABORTIONIST LOSES MEDICAL LICENSE OVER ABUSES. An embattled abortion practitioner in Pennsylvania who has had numerous run-ins with state health officials has lost his medical license and been fined $50,000.
Harvey Brookman of Yardley had been doing abortions at four locations in King of Prussia, Pittsburgh, State College and Erie. The state health department said it revoked Brookman's license for “unprofessional conduct due to actions that departed from the quality standards of the profession.”
According to the state, Brookman's unprofessional conduct included injuring one woman when an abortion perforated her uterus and colon. The woman later was forced to undergo emergency surgery at a hospital in Philadelphia. Last year, Brookman was charged with unprofessional conduct and negligence. He was accused of not having medical malpractice insurance to cover cases of botched abortions that injure or kill women. His Erie abortion business, American Women's Services, reopened in March after being closed since April 2005 following a previous suspension of his license. Brookman was charged by the state with practicing without malpractice insurance, giving expired drugs to patients, permitting unlicensed staff to administer drugs, failing to check his patients’ age and identity, and conducting abortions without a licensed registered nurse present. [15Sept06, LifeNews.com, PA]
CONSCIENCE ISSUES THE LATEST ABORTION BATTLEFRONT. With health care professionals more routinely forced to participate in anti-life activities that violate their moral or religious beliefs, a leading pro-life attorney says rights of conscience issues are now at the top of the list of issues pro-life advocates should monitor. Jay Sekulow, the top attorney at the pro-life American Center for Law and Justice, says "the front line fight for life includes doctors and medical professionals who refuse to participate in abortion procedures." "We have received calls across the country from medical professionals who were being compelled by their places of employment to participate in abortion procedures," Sekulow explains. "Nurses, doctors and pharmacists have all contacted us seeking help. We’ve gone to federal court in several of these cases and, in fact, have obtained a jury verdict, including punitive damages on behalf of nurses in California who were forced to dispense the morning after pill," he said. In the latest victory, a federal court rejected an attempt by pro-abortion Illinois Gov, Rod Blagojevich to dismiss a lawsuit against him filed by seven pharmacists who object to his executive order forcing all state pharmacists to dispense the morning after pill. The pharmacists say the order violates their first amendment religious freedoms. [15Sept06, LifeNews.com, DC]
WOMEN HAVING ABORTIONS IN BRITAIN HAVING HARD TIME GETTING PREGNANT. Women having abortions in England are finding it increasingly difficult to get pregnant afterwards. The phenomenon points to one of the medical consequences of having an abortion — infertility problems — which studies show is a risk factor in induced abortions. Professor Bill Ledger, an abortion practitioner who also operates a fertility clinic in Sheffield, England has noticed a trend there that the European nation has high levels of abortions but equally high levels of women having problems conceiving.
According to Deveber Institute in Canada, "No previous births and an earlier abortion put a woman at significant risk of post-abortion complications leading to possible infertility." A 1986 report, "Post-Abortal Endometritis and Isolation of Chlamydia Trachomatis," published in the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology says that not only is it possible to contract endometriosis from an abortion, but that the risk is higher for teenagers. The report says teenagers are 2.5 times more likely than women 20-29 to acquire endometriosis following abortion. Abortion businesses also acknowledge the risk that abortions can have in causing problems for women. In a factsheet "Abortion: Questions and Answers" prepared by the Planned Parenthood of Edmonton, Canada for prospective patients, the abortion business acknowledges the endometriosis risk.
"Infections can occur from an abortion," PPE writes. "At worst the infection can become a case of endometriosis (the pelvic area becomes inflamed) and the uterus has to be removed surgically."Serious if treated early," PPE concludes — which leads to another post-abortion risk.
Research also shows that abortion can lead to infertility by increasing the risk of miscarriages.
A 1986 report in the medical journal Epidemiology reveals women with a history of abortion have a greater risk of fetal loss than women who had no previous abortions. Women with two prior pregnancies carried to term and no abortions had the lowest risk, while women with two prior abortions had the highest risk.
Meanwhile, a 1991 British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology article revealed that women with a history of abortion had a 1.5-1.7 times higher risk of ectopic pregnancy than women who had previously carried a pregnancy to term. [Daily Mail; Ertelt, LifeNews.com 30June06, London]