Catholic Pro-Life Group: Abortion is Dangerous, Self Magazine Article Wrong

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 29, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 29, 2004

Staten Island, NY ( — A Catholic organization that focuses on pro-life issues says the recent decision by an Alabama state medical board to revoke the license of an abortion practitioner who had injured several women from abortions shows how abortion is dangerous for women.

Earlier this month, the Medical Licensure Commission of Alabama stripped Malachy DeHenre of his medical license.

In November 2003, a Birmingham woman died just 10 hours after DeHenre performed an abortion. In February 2001, a 22-year-old woman required a hysterectomy after an abortion he performed, and three other cases of injured women were noted from 2001-2003.

"The death of this woman is yet another addition to the overwhelming mountain of evidence that abortion is unsafe for women," said Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life.

Pavone’s group "commends the action" taken by the medical board.

He said the Catholic group is dedicated to exposing the danger of abortion to women, especially through the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, which helps women who have had abortions and regret their decision to speak out.

Priests for Life also encourages women who have been hurt by abortion to take legal action against the abortion practitioner, Pavone said.

Meanwhile, Priests for Life is also upset by a recent article appearing in Self Magazine that blasted the thousands of pregnancy centers across the United States that provide resources for pregnant women and help them choose abortion alternatives.

The magazine profiled on women who had a negative experience at a pregnancy center and claimed it applied to centers nationwide. The magazine encouraged readers, mostly women, to visit abortion facilities if they find themselves pregnant unexpectedly.

"The claims made by Self Magazine show that the pro-abortion movement does not provide for the needs of women," Father Pavone said.

"So many women resort to abortion precisely because they feel they do not have the resources and support necessary for them to continue their pregnancy," Pavone added. "Pregnancy care centers provide honest support and encouragement for these women."

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