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‘Unsafe’ Abortions Kill 70,000 Each Year

From the protectors of life at the Associated Press:

An Afghan woman holds her baby after watching an informative documentary about the prevention of unwanted births at Marie Stopes International Clinic in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009.

Report: Unsafe abortions kill 70,000 annually

By David Crary, AP National Writer Tue Oct 13

NEW YORK – Increased contraceptive use has led to fewer abortions worldwide, but deaths from unsafe abortion remain a severe problem, killing 70,000 women a year, a research institute reported Tuesday in a major global survey.

More than half the deaths, about 38,000, are in sub-Saharan Africa, which was singled out as the region with by far the lowest rates of contraceptive use and the highest rates of unintended pregnancies.

The report, three years in the making, was compiled by the New York-based Guttmacher Institute, which supports abortion rights and is a leading source of data on abortion-related trends

The survey concluded that abortion occurs at roughly equal rates in countries where it is legal and where it is highly restricted. The key difference, according to the report, is the high rate of deaths and medical complications from unsafe clandestine abortions in the restrictive countries.

"Legal restrictions do not stop abortion from happening. They just make the procedure dangerous," [Guttmacher Institute’s president] Camp said. "Too many women are maimed or killed each year because they lack legal abortion access."

In one example, the report told of a Nigerian woman named Victoria who first tried to induce an abortion by drinking an herbal concoction, then consulted a traditional healer who inserted leaves in her vagina that caused internal injuries.

The report estimated that 19.7 million of the 41.6 million abortions in 2003 were unsafe — either self-induced, performed by unskilled practitioners or carried out in unhygienic surroundings.

"Almost all of them occurred in less developed countries with restrictive abortion laws," said the report, which estimated that — beyond the tens of thousands of women killed annually from unsafe abortions — another 8 million women suffer complications because of them.

The report makes three major recommendations:

— Expand access to modern contraceptives and improve family planning services.

Expand access to legal abortion and ensure that safe, legal abortion services are available to women in need.

— Improve the coverage and quality of post-abortion care, which would reduce maternal death and complications from unsafe abortion.

Camp, in an interview, said sub-Saharan Africa is the area of greatest concern to Guttmacher and like-minded groups. The status of women remains low in many of those countries, she said, while political and religious conservatives block efforts to liberalize abortion laws

Overall, the report is "a good news/bad news story," said Susan Cohen, the Guttmacher Institute’s director of government affairs, who hailed the decline in abortions and unintended pregnancies.

"The bad news is that where most of the poor women live, throughout the developing world, unsafe abortion remains high, and women are dying as a result of it," she said. "It’s so preventable, and that’s the tragedy."

Notice that this article is simply a press release from the abortion champions at the Guttmacher Institute, the “research division” of Planned Parenthood. This is what passes for objective news gathering at the Associated Press.

But begins (or rather, continues) the drumbeat to remove any and all restrictions on foreign aid about money going for abortion.

And if by some miracle government funding for abortions is in any way actually restricted in the upcoming ‘healthcare reform’ legislation we can count on hearing a litany of similar horror stories about ‘unnecessary deaths’ in the US.

By the way, notice that the AP article fails to tell us how many are killed by "safe" abortions.

(Thanks to Rusty Shackleford for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 14th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “‘Unsafe’ Abortions Kill 70,000 Each Year”

  1. BillK says:

    A skewed view of life, from the Los Angeles Times:

    Memoir of a former abortion addict

    By Robin Abcarian

    Reporting from Denver – Irene Vilar’s house, a charming old place on a leafy block outside Denver, is a monument to her mothering. Half the downstairs has been transformed into a preschool, with picture books, educational toys and art supplies in organized disarray.

    Outside, her little girls, 3-year-old Lolita and 5-year-old Loretta, are decorating the walkway with brown-eyed susans plucked from the garden. It is a scene of almost magical domesticity.

    Inside, their mother, a striking 40-year-old literary agent with big, brown eyes, long, straight hair and a Spanish-inflected lilt that gives away her Puerto Rican roots, is describing how, from the age of 16 to 33, she could neither stop herself from conceiving, nor from terminating her pregnancies. Fifteen of them.

    She explores her history in a brutally frank new memoir, “Impossible Motherhood: Testimony of an Abortion Addict.”

    Even before it was published last week, Vilar’s story unleashed a wave of emotion in the anti-abortion community. Reactions have included pity and — at least in one blogger’s case — a call to put her behind bars.

    On the abortion rights side, reaction has been muted.

    The majority of pro-choicers — and I don’t blame them — are somewhat confused,” said Vilar. Vilar believes that access to legal abortion saved her life because she would have found a way to end her pregnancies no matter what.

    “Abortion exists everywhere, legal or not,” she said. Latin America, she noted, has a relatively high abortion rate and stringent anti-abortion laws. Most abortions in the region are considered “unsafe” by health authorities, who estimate that up to 5,000 women in the region die each year from abortions.

    Vilar, whose pregnancies were punctuated by several suicide attempts, is aware of the horrific reaction her story may inspire. (Worried about the safety of her family, she asked that her neighborhood not be identified.) …


    Note how once again the press goes out of their way to honor the privacy of a liberal.

    • But when it comes to Michelle Duggar (currently expecting her 19th child), liberals have no sense of privacy. They will belittle and bemoan her choices, say she can’t possibly love or want that many kids, that something must be wrong with her…

      Is the lesson clear?

      Have 15 abortions, you’re a hero. Have 15 kids, you’re a freak.

    • caligirl9 says:

      And this is a prime example of a woman who should have gotten her two or three abortions on welfare or whatever service she got, and during the third one, had her tubes tied or her uterus removed.
      There is no reason for 15 abortions. Ever.
      (My sister was just like this gal, except it was drug use clouding what little judgment she had. She kept the sixth pregnancy [I knew of six, could have been more] and lost custody of that one four years later ’cause of drugs. Some women just aren’t made to be mothers …)

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    This is some crack reporting. Or…the reporter is on crack. You decide:

    From the relativistic AP:

    Report: Unsafe abortions kill 70,000 annually

    A ridiculous headline at best. I mean, think about it.



    NEW YORK – Increased contraceptive use has led to fewer abortions worldwide, but deaths from unsafe abortion remain a severe problem, killing 70,000 women a year, a research institute reported Tuesday in a major global survey…

    Except for one person, who it’s not safe for, ever.

    “But in much of the developing world, abortion remains highly restricted, and unsafe abortion is common and continues to damage women’s health and threaten their survival.”

    Yes, survival of the mother is key.

    The report calls for further easing of developing nations’ abortion laws, a move criticized by Deirdre McQuade, a policy director with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities.

    “We need to be much more creative in assisting women with supportive services so they don’t need to resort to the unnatural act of abortion,” she said.

    Yes, we wouldn’t want to have to resort to that unnatural act. And creativity is the key there. Honestly, how does ‘creativity’ factor into it at all? Abstinence isn’t very creative. Neither is condoms. Unless we’re talking about sewing the damn thing up. Now THAT’s creative.

    Guttmacher estimated previously that the number of abortions worldwide fell from 45.5 million in 1995 to 41.6 million in 2003 — the latest year for which global figures were available.

    A key reason for that drop, the new report said, was that the portion of married women using contraception increased from 54 percent in 1990 to 63 percent in 2003 as availability increased and social mores changed. Guttmacher’s researchers said contraceptive use had increased in every major region, but still lagged badly in Africa — used by only 28 percent of married women there, compared with at least 68 percent in other major regions.

    Well, I guess it’s progress….of a sort.

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    “Report: Unsafe abortions kill 70,000 annually”

    If we allow the report title as correct, they need to double the death count. The child ALWAYS dies! But of course to these morally bankrupt fools, that’s not the issue nor does it fit their agenda and template.

    Question Mr or Mrs/Ms Report Writer: How many infants die worldwide annually from your “safe” or “unsafe” abortions?

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    God will have the ultimate say, “Thou shalt not kill.”

    Eat that……if you can!

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