Less than four months after Argentina legalized abortion and just one day after Joe Biden announced he was scrapping rules protecting women from the dangerous abortion pill, a woman died along with her unborn baby after a supposedly “safe, legal” abortion.
ACI Prensa reports the woman, María del Valle González López, 23, died April 11 after taking abortion drugs that she was prescribed at the Arturo Illia hospital in La Paz.
On April 7, the young woman, a college student, requested an abortion at the hospital, and two days later, she “began to feel ill. She was referred to the main healthcare facility in the eastern area of Mendoza, Perrupato Hospital, where they diagnosed a general infection that may have caused her death,” the Argentine newspaper Clarín reported.
Local authorities are investigating her death, and an autopsy is being completed, according to the report.
Abortion activists claim that abortion drugs are extremely safe and effective – so much so that Joe Biden’s administration just lifted FDA safety regulations on abortion drugs this week, allowing them to be sold through the mail without even a doctor’s visit.
Doctors and pro-life leaders warned that the change will put women’s and babies’ lives at risk and expose them to a greater risk of abuse.
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In the United States, the abortion drug mifepristone has been linked to at least 24 women’s deaths and more than 4,000 serious complications. Risks include excessive bleeding, severe abdominal pain, infection and hemorrhage.
A 2009 study “Immediate Complications After Medical Compared With Surgical Termination of Pregnancy” in the journal “Obstetrics and Gynecology” found a complication rate of approximately 20 percent for the abortion drugs compared to 5.6 percent for surgical abortions.
Many doctors in Argentina also are pushing back against the new abortion law, which passed the legislature on Dec. 31. Dr. Luis Durand, an Argentine surgeon, told ACI Prensa that aborting an unborn baby is not health care.
“A medical act must always seek to improve the situation of whoever undergoes the intervention, although circumstantially it may fail and be unsuccessful, but ‘interrupting the life’ of any human being in an intentional or premeditated way can never be considered a medical act,” Durand said.
It is not clear how many unborn babies have been aborted so far under the new law, but Durand said these babies suffered violent, unnecessary deaths.
“The baby always dies a violent death,” he said. “Either substances are injected into the uterus that burn the baby, or it is removed by dismemberment, or it is torn off by extreme uterine contractions and dies from asphyxiation.”
For years, abortion activists pressured Argentina to legalize abortion, claiming that doing so would protect women from unsafe abortions. But abortions are never safe for unborn babies and frequently not for the mother either.
Pro-life leaders in the country mourned the news of the young woman’s death while questioning abortion activists’ silence on the tragedy.
“María del Valle was 23 years old and had her whole life in front of her. She was a student and had become president of Radical Youth in Mendoza. She had a legal abortion on Wednesday and by the weekend she was already dead. I’m telling you because the feminists remain silent. #MurioPorAbortoLegal,” pro-life leader Guadalupe Batallán responded on Twitter.
Belén Lombardi, a young mother and pro-life activist, also noted abortion activists’ hypocrisy, writing, “If María had died from a clandestine (illegal at the time) abortion, feminists would be tearing the whole city apart, but since María died from a legal abortion and that doesn’t suit (their cause), it’s scrubbed,” according to the report.
Prior to the vote in December, some abortion advocacy groups claimed as many as 40,000 women in Argentina have been injured or killed in illegal abortions.
But the claim is dubious. Pro-abortion groups often overestimate the number of illegal and unsafe abortions that occur in countries across the world, and some have admitted to lying about the numbers.
Growing evidence indicates that access to basic health care, not abortion, is what really helps improve women’s lives, and increasing access to abortions only leads to more deaths.