The “human rights” group Amnesty International urged government leaders this week to make abortions a priority during the global coronavirus crisis.
In a blog post full of classic double-speak, the pro-abortion group not only claimed that abortions are basic health care, it also argued that the life-destroying practice “save lives every day.”
Amnesty argued that politicians need to act quickly because the world’s focus on saving lives from the coronavirus is getting in the way of abortions.
“A health crisis on this scale means governments are having to make difficult decisions about where to target limited health resources,” the group wrote Wednesday on its website. “Already, in some countries, including Nepal and South Africa, providers of abortion and contraception have been forced to reduce or suspend their services.”
To bolster its claim, Amnesty argued that abortions “save lives every day.” It cited an estimate that about 22,000 women die every year from unsafe abortions across the world, though some experts dispute those numbers.
Amnesty did not mention that about 42 million unborn babies also were killed in abortions in 2018 across the world, many of them in legal abortions. Nor did it mention that hundreds of women have died along with their unborn babies in legal abortions in the United States alone – evidence that legalizing abortions does not save women’s lives.
Later, the pro-abortion group made another claim with little evidence to support it: “when women are denied access to contraception and safe abortion, maternal mortality rates rise.” Abortion activists in the U.S. made this claim after Texas passed pro-life legislation several years ago, but a fact-check by the liberal Washington Post found this claim to be completely false.
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Abortions are not safer than childbirth either, though abortion activists claim it is so. Abortions are never safe because their very purpose is to destroy a human life inside his/her mother’s womb. But it is not accurate to say that abortion is safer for the mother, either. At the very least, researchers point out that the U.S. does not receive enough data from abortion facilities to make that conclusion. Several European studies found the opposite, that more women die after abortions than childbirth.
What’s more, many doctors have confirmed that abortions are not necessary or essential health care for women.
Dr. Christina Francis, who practices in Indiana and chairs the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists, recently pointed out that abortions are a “social solution,” not a medical one.
“Abortion is not essential healthcare; it doesn’t treat a disease process,” Francis said. “There are other solutions that we can provide to women who find themselves in very scary and uncertain circumstances right now.”
Recently, medical groups representing more than 30,000 doctors in America, including Francis’s organization, emphasized that abortions are not “essential” or “urgent,” and abortion facilities that continue to operate during the pandemic are being “medically irresponsible.”
Common abortion complications include infections, blood clots, hemorrhaging and an incomplete abortion. Abortion risks include future preterm births, breast cancer, suicide, anxiety/depression, and death.
Still, Amnesty claims abortions are needed, and politicians must act quickly to expand them.
“The sooner they act, the more lives will be saved,” the group wrote, adding that “in times of crisis there is even greater demand.”
The “demand” part may be true, but it is the result of the crisis, not the unborn child. The solution to any crisis should never be to kill another innocent human being. Instead, society should be working to meet families’ basic needs during the crisis so that mothers and babies can both live and thrive.