OBGYN Tells Congress “Abortion is Not Health Care. It’s Always Lethal to an Unborn Child”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Sep 30, 2022   |   9:45AM   |   Washington, DC

Prominent OB-GYN Dr. Monique Chireau Wubbenhorst pushed back against Democrats’ claims that abortion is health care Thursday, telling Congress the overturning of Roe v. Wade will help save women’s and children’s lives.

Her testimony contradicted the core focus of the Democrat-led hearing, “Examining the Harm to Patients from Abortion Restrictions and the Threat of a National Abortion Ban” in the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee, CNS News reports.

“Abortion not only poses risk to the mother. It is always lethal to an unborn child. It is my opinion that abortion is not health care,” Wubbenhorst told lawmakers, adding, “The goal of any abortion is … to kill the embryo or fetus, which is a human being.”

Wubbenhorst has an impressive resume, having graduated from Harvard University and worked as a professor at Duke University School of Medicine before becoming a deputy assistant administrator in the Bureau for Global Health at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She also has more than 30 years of experience as an OB-GYN.

Speaking alongside abortionists and abortion activists Thursday, she refuted claims that aborting unborn babies is somehow health care.

Wubbenhorst said the overturning of Roe in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health presents a great opportunity to “mitigate abortion’s many harms to women in communities and to unborn human beings.”

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“Abortion neither prevents, treats, or palliates any disease. It has instead as its goal the death of a human being. It is therefore not health care for the mother or her fetus, and research confirms this because the majority of OB-GYNs do not do abortions,” she said.

She referred to two recent surveys from 2018 and 2019, which found between 7 and 23 percent of OB-GYNs do abortions, and most of those do fewer than ten a year, according to the report.

Pregnancy always involves caring for two patients: the mother and her unborn child “because the fetus is indeed a patient,” Wubbenhorst continued. She mentioned fetal surgeries as one example, noting how physicians have performed surgeries on babies in the womb as early as 15 weeks gestation.

Addressing claims that link abortion restrictions to maternal mortality, Wubbenhorst said some studies show the opposite to be true, and the collection of abortion data is “extremely flawed” in the U.S.

“For many years, there’s been an assertion that abortion is safer than childbirth, and this has been used to defend the right to abortion. Because of the incompleteness of data, it is not possible to make this assertion with any certainty,” she said. “Indeed, there are some studies that suggest that abortion-related mortality is equal to or almost equal to maternal mortality when abortion is conducted at later gestational ages.”

She also questioned the link, given that African Americans have both high abortion and maternal mortality rates in the U.S.

“It seems to me to be difficult to reconcile the fact that black women have the highest rates of maternal mortality and the highest rates of abortion at the same time,” she told lawmakers.

Democrat leaders in Congress want to pass a radical pro-abortion bill that would force states to legalize the killing of unborn babies for basically any reason up to birth and force taxpayers to pay for abortions.

But polls consistently show Americans support legal protections for unborn babies, especially after the first trimester or once their heartbeat is detectable. LifeNews recently highlighted 14 recent polls here.

This month, a new national poll from the Trafalgar Group found stronger public support for Republican-led pro-life legislation to ban abortions after 15 weeks than for a Democrat-backed bill that would allow abortions “at any time during pregnancy.”