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May 8, 2012

Medical Study: restricting abortion does NOT lead to increased maternal mortality

“In Chile, therapeutic abortion was prohibited in 1989 ...  While over 50% of all abortion-related hospitalizations were attributable to complications of clandestine abortions during the 1960s, this proportion decreased rapidly in the following decades.  Indeed, only 12-19% of all hospitalization from abortion can be attributable to clandestine abortions between 2001 and 2008. These data suggest that over time, restrictive laws may have a restraining effect on the practice of abortion and promote its decrease. In fact, Chile exhibits today one of the lowest abortion-related maternal deaths in the world, with a 92.3% decrease since 1989 and a 99.1% accumulated decrease over 50 years.”

Significant research.  Again and again, science itself refutes the lies needed to prop up abortionist ideology.  Have this study on hand next time somebody says, “But if you restrict abortion, women will die by millions in back alley coathanger abortions!”

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I’m not at all surprised to hear that, because here in Ireland we have one of the lowest maternal mortality rates in the world, and we have never (to date) had legalised abortion.

But beware - the pro-choice crowd will shift their arguments so that it’s not about lack of abortion killing women, it’s about something else which is equally killing women if they don’t have it.  To quote this Irish pro-choice blogger, a fair representative of those who are constantly trying to get our abortion laws liberalised:

The latest mantra that seems to pop up whenever they speak has to do with Ireland’s maternal mortality rate (MMR). It’s the lowest in the world, apparently, and they consider this crucially significant in the abortion debate. The first few times I heard them mention it, I dismissed it as being too obviously irrelevant to merit further discussion – after all, who ever suggested that our abortion ban was killing women? Pro-choicers have always pointed to the numbers of women travelling to Britain or further afield (statistics, incidentally, which the anti-choice movement prefers to ignore) as demonstrating our hypocrisy in using another country’s laws as our safety net so that Irish women don’t die from illegal abortions. We have never claimed that they are somehow dying anyway. So what exactly is their point?

The argument here has not been “Women will die in back-alley abortions if abortion is not legalised!” because we have had back-alley abortionists - the most infamous in recent times being Mamie Cadden - and we responded to this not by making abortion legal but by enforcing the laws.  Yet somehow we manage not to have pregnant women dying due to unwanted pregnancies.

So while the article heartens me, I don’t think it will do anything to convince the zealots: if you show that women don’t necessarily die from pregnancy in the absence of abortion, they will merely shift their grounds to “Women are being oppressed, repressed and suffering because…”.  They will take the lead of this woman and argue “We have never claimed that (women) are somehow dying anyway.  So what exactly is (your) point?”

[1] Posted by Martha on 5-8-2012 at 11:24 AM · [top] Roe vs. Wade they MADE UP ALL THE STATISTICS, so this shouldn’t be a surprise.

[2] Posted by B. Hunter on 5-8-2012 at 12:22 PM · [top]

1 & 2 both good points.  I think that both lead to the conclusion that we need always to wear a vest full of the science and statistical facts, because the abortionists will always be flinging arguments and deceptions to refute.

[3] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 5-8-2012 at 01:21 PM · [top]

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