Sunday, September 18, 2011

Abortion in the Third World

From SPUC, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children:

Pro-abortion ideology is costing lives

A few months ago, Stephen Harper the Canadian Prime Minister, was the recipient of a lot of criticism for his refusal to include abortion in his efforts to reduce maternal mortality in the third world. This article shows him to be absolutely right.

How many women around the world are dying in childbirth every year? Accurate numbers are very difficult to calculate for a number of reasons. So we need to be aware that we are looking at estimates and these estimates vary from between 350,000 and 600,000 maternal deaths a year, 99% of which are believed to occur in developing countries. In Britain, the maternal mortality rate is 8.3 per 100,000 live births – and incidentally, Britain does not have the lowest maternal mortality rate by any means. Pro-life Ireland and Malta have a rather better record.

The two biggest causes of maternal death (and this is very well established) are haemorrhage and sepsis.

In many cultures around the world, the mother is the lynchpin of the family and if she goes, the entire family is shattered. We need always to be aware of the human face of this tragedy.

Maternal mortality has been rightly described as 'an international disgrace' but almost as grave a disgrace is the determination by pro-abortion groups to hijack the issue in order to promote abortion around the world. The abortion lobby has a long history of exploiting the suffering of women whilst claiming to act in their best interests. Abortion has nothing to do with saving women's lives. As far back as 1992, a group of Ireland's top obstetricians and gynaecologists signed a letter in which they wrote: "We affirm that there are no medical circumstances justifying direct abortion, that is, no circumstances in which the life of a mother may only be saved by directly terminating the life of her unborn child.”

Countries such as Ireland and Malta where abortion is banned have some of the lowest maternal mortality rates in the world. Any medical procedure which involves the ending of one or both human lives involved is by definition unsafe and it is unsafe whether it occurs in Nairobi or New York. The abortion lobby has been very successful in creating a false association between ‘safe’ and ‘legal’ abortion

South Africa, which has had abortion on demand for years, has witnessed a fourfold increase in maternal mortality since a UK-funded abortion organisation set up clinics around that country. As SPUC’s Peter Smith commented: "It is farcical for the government to talk about safe abortions in situations without sterile surgical facilities, safe blood transfusion or emergency back-up. Running abortion clinics in slums, shanty towns and the bush will harm or kill women as well as killing babies."

The western obsession with promoting its own vision of sexuality onto the rest of the world is not only costing the lives of the unborn; it is costing the lives of women through neglect.

Years ago, my husband and I spent a year in Africa, in one of the poorest countries in the world - Malawi. The very thought of opening clinics to do abortions in areas where there was not clean water or the very basics of hygiene is appalling to me. Many Africans cannot wash themselves daily, many never brush their teeth - do you really think they can operate a clinic with sterile conditions and do abortions on women, then send those women back to conditions where they will be more susceptible to infection and subsequent death?

Abortion is being exported by the western world onto the rest of the world, precisely because of the west's worldview of sexuality: i.e. sexuality divorced from procreation.

I recall an African teacher once saying that he saw a photograph of an American family, a mom and dad and two children, standing in front of a middle class home with a car. This was shown as the American ideal. Then he said, to an African, the picture of a happy family is the mom and dad and numerous children, the house and car simply did not matter. Africans love their children; imposing abortion on them in the name of maternal health care is a complete disregard for their values of family and happiness. Perhaps the push to bring abortion is just an attempt to rationalize the acceptance of this evil amongst ourselves. Misery always did like company.

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