Abortion Killed One Woman in the UK Last Year and Injured 294 Others, But the Media is Silent

The Westminster Department of Health released its report on abortion statistics in England and Wales for 2015 today. Statistics revealed that 833 women traveled from Northern Ireland to have an abortion in England and Wales. This is a slight decrease from last year’s 837 figure. 3,451 women traveled from the Republic of Ireland for an abortion in England and Wales in 2015. This is a significant decrease from the 3,735 women who traveled last year. Of the 185,824 abortions carried out on women resident in England and Wales, there were complications reported in 294 cases. Most disturbingly, one woman is reported to have died after an abortion. Bernadette Smyth, the director of Precious Life, the leading pro-life group in Northern Ireland, commented on today’s statistics: “Considering last year’s and this year’s intense media coverage of calls for a change in the law on abortion in Northern Ireland, Precious Life are relieved to find that the number of women travelling from Northern Ireland to England and Wales for an abortion has once again decreased from the previous year. We also welcome that there has been a significant drop in the number of women travelling from the Republic of Ireland to England and Wales for an abortion. “But a lot more work needs to be done to support life-affirming pregnancy care centres here and the counselling and practical support available to women facing crisis pregnancies in Northern Ireland. Precious Life are calling on the Department of Health in Northern Ireland to ‘step up’ and promote these centres and the wonderful services they have to offer. “The reported 294 cases of ‘complications’...

Pro-Abortion Media Tout Debatable Abortion Safety Numbers (Commentary)

We often hear from abortion advocates that abortion is safe. They’re talking about how it’s safe for women, of course, since an abortion always causes the death of at least one human being. Recently, at least two media outlets have touted abortion’s safety. On June 30, Dr. Dan Grossman (VP of a ‘reproductive health’ organization) opined on the Supreme Court’s stay on the Texas omnibus pro-life bill, HB 2. His cheeky title asks, “How Do You Make a Safe Abortion Any Safer?” In his piece, Dr. Grossman discusses the abortion deaths in Texas, and his work at the pro-abortion Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP). He does admit that second-trimester abortions carry more risks, but also claims that HB2 and the closure of abortion businesses will lead to an increase in such abortions. The most questionable part of the piece, though, is that Grossman would repeat the oft-mentioned, but nevertheless false, claim that abortion is much safer than childbirth: “All of this evidence points in the same direction: Abortion as currently practiced in the United States is very safe—and certainly safer than continuing the pregnancy to term. An analysis of national data found that the risk of death associated with childbirth was 14 times higher than the risk associated with abortion.” That study was notably criticized for failing to look at long-term effects. It also relied on information from the CDC, even though the data may not be complete as states are not required to report their abortion statistics. [Ed. Most states also do not indicate on the death certificate if the death was abortion-related. It is also important to...

USA Ranks Worst (2015)

A recent study found that the United States ranks worst in the developed world for maternal deaths. Women in the United States are more likely to suffer from maternal death than any other country in the developed world. That is the main finding from the annual State of the World’s Mothers 2015 report by charity Save the Children. The study also found that American women are ten times as likely to die during pregnancy when compared to those in Austria, Belarus and Poland. The research acts as a global index that ranks the best and worst places to be a mother based on data indicators like political status, economy, education, well-being and maternal health. The United States was ranked 33 overall out of 179 surveyed countries, down from two places last year. It was ranked 42nd on children’s wellbeing, 61st on maternal health and 89th for political status. (13 May 2015, http://www.figo.org/news/usa-ranks-worst-developed-world-maternal-deaths-0014947) Find out how you can help combat maternal death in the United States by visiting...

World Health Organization Falsely Claims Legalizing Abortions Reduces Maternal Mortality (2015)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released a report concerning the global problem of maternal mortality. The document correctly notes that while maternal mortality ratios (MMRs) have declined, this issue “remains an unfinished agenda and one of the world’s most critical challenges.” Unfortunately, however, WHO states in its report that “treaty monitoring bodies have … linked elevated rates of maternal mortality to … restrictive abortion laws [and] unsafe or illegal abortion.” But WHO cites only old, and flawed, reviews. The truth is that maternal mortality depends on the quality of maternal health care, not the legal status of abortion. Some countries prohibit abortion and have very low MMRs; others permit abortion and have very high MMRs. Legalizing abortion is demonstrably unnecessary to improve maternal health and save women’s lives. WHO also asserts that maternal deaths from abortion “are likely to be under-reported or misclassified” and have recently “increased significantly in sub-Saharan Africa.” The problem, however, is that we lack accurate data about the number of women’s lives lost to abortion. As the WHO report acknowledges, “Only an estimated one third of countries have the capacity to count or register maternal deaths.” That’s why “estimation is necessary to infer MMRs in many countries where little or no data are available.” Such estimates have too often proved inflated and unreliable. No one knows exactly how many unborn children and mothers die from abortion worldwide each year. We do know that providing adequate care—before, during and after childbirth—and establishing a robust and accessible health care system can prevent maternal deaths. That’s how lives are saved. Abortion doesn’t save anyone. It poses...

Abortion Shop That Killed Woman in Botched Abortion, Botches Two More Abortions (2015)

Operation Rescue has received two 911 audio recordings related to two separate abortion-related medical emergencies that took place at Preterm Clinic in Cleveland on March 20 and April 24, 2015. During both incidents, abortionist Lisa Perriera was on duty according to eyewitnesses who tell Operation Rescue she was seen at Preterm at the time of the emergencies. Perriera is known for having conducted the second-trimester dismemberment abortion that led to the death of 22-year old Lakisha Wilson last year. The March 20, 2015, recording indicated that a medical assistant employed by Preterm placed a call to 911 at 2:57 p.m. and asked for the transport of a 15-year old patient that was suffering issues with her heart following an abortion. The teen was said to be tachycardic and suffering from atrial fibrillation, which means in layman’s terms that she had an abnormally accelerated and irregular heartbeat. The patient had no reported previous history of heart disease. The Preterm caller told the 911 dispatcher that the patient’s last pulse rate was 123 beats per minute. The average 15-year old female should have a resting heartbeat between 70 – 100 beats per minute. The Preterm caller told 911 that the patient was ambulatory and would be waiting for them on the first floor, even though abortions are only done on the third floor, which is accessible to a gurney via an elevator. The elevator repair truck was later spotted at the abortion facility. This has led to concerns that the patient, who was immediately post-abortive and required emergency care, may have been forced to walk down two flights of stairs to...