13 October 2009


Repressive abortion laws put women's lives at risk. In The Guardian today this story reports on a new study by the Guttmacher Institute. Here is the dismal news:
"About 70,000 women die every year and many more suffer harm as a result of unsafe abortions in countries with restrictive laws on ending a pregnancy, according to a report.

The total number of abortions across the globe has fallen, the influential Guttmacher Institute says, but that drop relates only to legal abortions and is mostly the result of changes in eastern Europe.

There were 41.6m terminations worldwide in 2003, compared with 45.5m in 1995. But in 2003, says the report, 19.7m of these were unsafe, clandestine abortions. The numbers of those have hardly changed from 1995, when there were 19.9m.

Almost all the unsafe abortions were in less developed countries with restrictive abortion laws."

The deaths here are of real, live women - not embryos, fetuses, "unborn babies"; what ends in each case is not a "potential" life, but an actual one. The most obvious lesson is that prohibitions do not cut the rate of abortion. They simply insure that abortions are unsafe to women.

Of course, the best way to prevent abortions is to prevent unplanned pregnancies. And the best way to do that is via safe, effective, accessible birth control. Ooooppps! How many pro-life types support policies to make birth control accessible?



Blogger beatriz said...

thank you for posting this. The disconnect between the lack of sex education, accessible birth control and the anti-abortion groups is mindless and obviously a political, rather than public health issue. It is also an economic-class issue...wealthy women can find safe abortions. Pro-life seems to only refer to "pre-natal" life. A post-natal life of deprivation, lack of health care, war, poverty, drug addiction etc. etc. seems to be ok with the "lifers."

14 October, 2009 12:07  
Blogger rgodden said...

On this subject, I thought you may be interested in this - 'Behind the Scenes: Picturing Fetal Remains' - NYTimes http://bit.ly/1JhX1.


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14 October, 2009 23:47  

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