Pro-Abortion Group to Issue Bogus Global Report Saying Abortion Helps Women

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 25, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Group to Issue Bogus Global Report Saying Abortion Helps Women

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 25
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — A pro-abortion group regarded as a nonpartisan analytical group is expected to issue a new report by the end of the year saying that abortion helps women worldwide. The Alan Guttmacher Institute report will likely make the false claim that legalizing abortions reduces maternal mortality.

In a recent fundraising letter for the former Planned Parenthood affiliate, AGI president Sharon L. Camp requests contributions to complete “Abortion Worldwide: A Decade of Uneven Progress.”

Scott Fischbach, who heads up Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life and its global outreach program, tells the report will be issued in the coming months "with the sole purpose of promoting abortion globally."

“This document is going to be presented to policy experts and the general public as a legitimate report on the status of abortion and maternal mortality around the world," he says. "In reality it is just more pro-abortion propaganda funded by pro-abortion donors."

Fischbach says the letter reveals the true agenda behind the misleading report.

“Our evidence has paved the way for major policy reforms, from the liberalization of abortion laws to the introduction of new programs bringing post-abortion care to women," Camp writes.

The pro-life advocate says the Guttmacher report is reminiscent of the days when U.S. tobacco companies would hire “researchers” to produce self-serving “studies” that showed smoking would not cause cancer.

"Guttmacher is involved in the same type of deception today regarding women’s and babies’ lives," he says.

"The simple, verifiable facts concerning abortion and maternal mortality" are "the more abortions are performed, legal or illegal, the more women will die," Fischbach explained. "Maternal mortality reduction is achieved through adequate health care infrastructure, clean water and a clean blood supply and abortion-on-demand laws do not reduce maternal morbidity rates."

Evidence from a UN report issued by the World Health Organization bears that out.

The nation with the lowest African maternal mortality rate is Mauritius even though Mauritius’ laws are among the continent’s most protective of the unborn. On the other hand, maternal deaths increased by twenty percent in the period 2005-2007 in South Africa, a country that since 1996 has had one of the most permissive abortion laws on the African continent.

According to WHO, the country with the lowest maternal mortality rate in South America is Chile, which protects unborn life in its constitution. The country with the highest is Guyana, with a maternal mortality rate 30 times higher than in Chile.

Guyana has allowed abortion without almost any restriction since in 1995.

Worldwide, the country with the lowest maternal death rate is Ireland, a nation that prohibits abortion and whose constitution explicitly protects the rights of the unborn.

“The various health policy experts around the world, including the World Health Organization, United Nations, and distinguished health ministers, must reject this coming report from the Guttmacher Institute," Fischbach concludes. "It smacks of the impropriety of pro-abortion donors buying pro-abortion statistics to advance a pro-abortion agenda."

“Women and their babies deserve more from those who claim they want to build a better world for them," he said.

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