Authorities in Indonesia are investigating a young woman’s death from a botched late-term abortion this week.
Police said the 23-year-old college student’s body was found inside her room Tuesday in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia, according to a local news report. Her body reportedly was found after people in neighboring rooms began to smell a bad odor.
An autopsy revealed that the young woman died from blood loss after an attempted abortion, the report states. Investigators said they also found her aborted baby’s body after removing a diaper that she was wearing. They estimated the baby was about seven-months gestation, which is post-viability.
According to police, a number of different drugs were found near her body, including one often used for stomach ulcers. Some abortion activists tell women that they can use stomach ulcer drugs to abort their unborn babies.
Police estimated that the young woman was dead three days before her body was discovered, according to the report.
Indonesia prohibits abortions in most circumstances. Exceptions are allowed for rape and risks to the mother’s life.
Abortion supporters often use such cases as evidence to claim that abortions should be legal. But even when abortions are legal, some women do die along with their unborn babies in abortions.
LifeNews has documented many cases where women died after legal abortions. These include Tonya Reaves, Cree Erwin, Diana Lopez, Holly Patterson and others. As of 2008, the Centers for Disease Control reported more than 400 women died from legal abortions in the United States, including 12 that year. Four more women died in 2013, according to the CDC. Thousands more have been injured in legal abortions in the U.S. alone.
The solution to women dying should never be to take the lives of their own children. The answer is to protect women and their children by supporting them both, as the pro-life movement does. If a woman is poor, her problems are not solved by aborting her unborn baby. Instead, society should provide material resources, including food, shelter, clothing, education, and more, to help them. If she is being abused, society should punish the abuser, not the unborn child.
Every human being deserves to be protected and valued, and abortions do not solve the world’s problems. They only lead to more heartache and death.