WHO Tells Countries to Legalize Abortions Up to Birth Without Limits

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 9, 2022   |   10:58AM   |   Washington, DC

The World Health Organization issued new abortion guidelines Thursday that urge countries to legalize abortions without limits up to birth and promote dangerous “telemedicine” abortions.

The WHO guidelines are about as extreme as they can be, calling for no gestational limits on abortion, an end to requirements that only doctors do abortions, no parental consent for minors, no waiting periods, and active promotion of abortion – including do-it-yourself abortions — by governments.

“Being able to obtain safe abortion is a crucial part of health care,” said Craig Lissner, acting director for sexual and reproductive health and research at WHO. “Nearly every death and injury that results from unsafe abortion is entirely preventable. That’s why we recommend women and girls can access abortion and family planning services when they need them.”

In a press release, the international agency claims abortion is “lifesaving care.” Yet, in its actual report, it inadvertently admits that this is not true. In several places, the guidelines mention “fetal death,” an acknowledgment that an unborn baby is a unique, living human being who dies in an abortion, making it the opposite of safe.

Women’s lives matter and not their unborn babies, or so the WHO would have society believe. However, its own recommendations for expanding abortions likely would put more women as well as their unborn babies in jeopardy.

The WHO press release decries “unsafe abortions,” claiming 39,000 women die from them every year. But this is an exaggeration. According to its own report, 38,940 is the high estimate, and the number of women’s deaths to abortion likely is much lower, about 13,865 a year.

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Supposedly to protect women, the agency is advocating for unregulated, unlimited abortions across the world. According to the WHO, abortions are “extremely safe” when governments allow them to be done without limits or safety regulations.

Among its “safety” recommendations, the WHO wants countries to stop requiring that only doctors do abortions, describing it as “task sharing by a wider range of health workers.”

This recommendation more likely would endanger more women’s lives. A 2013 study from the University of California San Francisco found that abortions done by non-physicians were twice as likely to have complications as those done by licensed physicians.

Other recommendations by the WHO include “ensuring access to medical abortion pills, which mean more women can obtain safe abortion services” and, for the first time, “telemedicine.” This means the woman never may see a doctor or other medical worker in person; instead, they schedule a phone or video chat and then mail her the abortion drugs, no check-up and no doctor available locally to help should she suffer emergency complications.

Here’s more from the WHO:

Alongside the clinical and service delivery recommendations, the guidelines recommend removing medically unnecessary policy barriers to safe abortion, such as criminalization, mandatory waiting times, the requirement that approval must be given by other people (e.g., partners or family members) or institutions, and limits on when during pregnancy an abortion can take place. Such barriers can lead to critical delays in accessing treatment and put women and girls at greater risk of unsafe abortion, stigmatization, and health complications, while increasing disruptions to education and their ability to work.

In 2021, 42.6 million unborn babies were aborted across the world, but the WHO did not mention that in its report. Nowhere in its press release did it mention working to reduce abortions either. Quite the opposite, “improving access” was its repeatedly stated goal. In other words, more abortions, more “fetal deaths,” more unborn babies being killed and mothers being put in jeopardy by a totally unnecessary and unsafe procedure that ends her baby’s life before birth.