Pro-life laws save lives, and legalizing abortion does not make anything “safer” for unborn babies or mothers.
But Democrat leaders, unsatisfied with pushing abortion on demand in the U.S. alone, are using claims about unsafe abortions to demand that Americans pay for the killing of unborn babies in abortions all across the globe.
On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, introduced a bill to repeal the Helms Amendment and start using foreign assistance money to pay for abortions, according to Common Dreams.
“Unsafe abortion is a global health crisis,” Schakowsky wrote on Twitter. The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research group, “estimates the U.S. could prevent 19 million unsafe abortions a year if it repealed the Helms Amendment.”
If it passes, her Abortion Is Healthcare Everywhere Act would remove the Helms Amendment from the Foreign Assistance Act and add “language stating that U.S. funding shall be used to provide comprehensive reproductive healthcare services and information, including abortion services, training, and equipment,” according to the report.
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Co-sponsors include Democrat Reps. Barbara Lee, Jackie Speier and Norma Torres, all of California, Ayanna Pressley, of Massachusetts, Diana DeGette, of Colorado, and Marilyn Strickland, of Washington. The pro-abortion bill has more than 140 co-sponsors, the report states.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, “racism” was a main focus of their criticism. Supposedly, the Helms Amendment is racist because Americans are not paying for women in impoverished countries to abort their unborn babies.
“[It’s] nothing more than an attempt to control black and brown people all over the world by making it impossible for millions to access abortion,” Schakowski said.
Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson made similar claims in her statement about the bill.
The Helms Amendment “has always been a coercive policy, pushing the extreme ideology of a vocal minority in the U.S. on people in many of the lowest-income countries in the world—people in need of healthcare,” Johnson said. “The policy is a stark example of neocolonialism, taking advantage of the uneven relationship between the U.S. and the countries that receive aid.”
But Johnson is wrong on multiple points. Most Americans, including Democrats and pro-choicers, do not want their tax dollars to be spent on abortions overseas. According to a Marist poll in January, 77 percent oppose using tax dollars for abortions in other countries. Significantly, this includes a majority of Democrats (55 percent) and pro-choice Americans (64 percent).
It is abortion activists who hold the minority position and are trying to force their deadly “neocolonialist” abortion agenda on pro-life countries. In their twisted logic, more African and South American babies equals “racism,” while “equality” means killing more of these babies before they are born.
For years, people all across South America and Africa have been crying out against rich western countries and billionaire “philanthropists” who are pushing abortion on their people.
In December, Obianuju Ekeocha, the founder and president of Culture of Life Africa, slammed western nations for using the coronavirus pandemic to pressure pro-life countries to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
“Strengthened by this new infusion of donor funds at a time when many communities are weakened and vulnerable under the burden of a global pandemic, abortion advocacy groups are pushing their ideology of legalized abortion, and yet, none of this makes it into the daily news cycle,” she said.
Ekeocha and others said poor women in their countries do not want abortions; they want basic necessities like clean water, food, education and health care.
And abortion, the intentional destruction of an unborn baby’s life, is not health care.
Abortion advocacy groups often bring up frightening estimates about millions of unsafe abortions across the world each year – neglecting to mention that they are the ones providing many of these abortions.
Legalizing abortions does not protect women from unsafe abortions. In the United States, for example, statistics and other research indicate that modern medical advances — not legalized abortions – were what really improved women’s health and led to a drop in maternal deaths. Even the leftist Washington Post slammed abortion activists’ “shoddy” claims about thousands of women dying from illegal abortions annually prior to Roe v. Wade.
Significantly, evidence from pro-life countries also indicates that millions of women are not dying from unsafe abortions.
In a 2018 piece at The Atlantic, Michelle Oberman, a Santa Clara University law professor, said she was surprised when she began doing research on abortion in El Salvador. Abortions are illegal there, and she said she expected to find hospitals full of women dying from botched abortions, but she did not. According to Oberman’s research, better medical care, along with an increased availability of abortion drugs online, are leading to fewer maternal abortion deaths.
Prominent pro-abortion researchers also admit that pro-life laws do prevent abortions and save lives.