Dr. Monique Wubbenhorst, a renowned medical professor and researcher, asked a poignant question of pro-abortion lawmakers Wednesday that exposed the false claim that killing unborn babies is part of good medicine.
“If abortion is health care, my question is: what disease are you treating?” Wubbenhorst asked U.S. Senate lawmakers who want to legalize abortion on demand nation-wide.
A senior research associate at the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame and a former professor at Duke University School of Medicine, Wubbenhorst frequently testifies to lawmakers about the humanity of unborn babies and debunks false claims about abortion.
On Wednesday during a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, she urged lawmakers to recognize how the overturning of Roe v. Wade has given Americans a new opportunity to help mothers and babies.
“The Dobbs decision presents an opportunity to mitigate abortion’s many harms to women, unborn children, families and community,” Wubbenhorst said. “Abortion not only poses risks to the mother, it is also by definition always lethal to an embryo or fetus, an unborn child who is a human being, a member of the human family, not a clump of cells or a potential child.”
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“If abortion is healthcare, my question is: what disease are you treating?”
–Dr. Monique Wubbenhorst, Senior Research Associate, @ND_EthicsCenter testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee today pic.twitter.com/n3lCc8OW3g
— Charlotte Lozier Institute (@LozierInstitute) April 26, 2023
She said the goal of an abortion is to kill a human being, which is not health care. Abortions do not treat or prevent diseases, and most OB-GYNs do not abort unborn babies, Wubbenhorst continued, citing research showing the number is between 7 and 24 percent.
Last year, she told a U.S. House committee that legalized abortion does not help reduce maternal mortality either. On the contrary, countries with pro-life laws have some of the lowest maternal mortality rates in the world, she said.
“… until recently in countries where abortion was criminalized and prohibited, I’m thinking particularly of Chile, Ireland and, I think, Cyprus had the lowest rates of maternal mortality in the world. For several years consecutively, Ireland had zero maternal mortality at a time when abortion was completely illegal,” Wubbenhorst said at the time.
Some studies suggest the widespread legalization and availability of elective abortions harm women as well as their unborn babies. In a column at The Federalist in October, Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie, a radiology specialist in Florida, pointed to studies that show abortions are more dangerous than childbirth for mothers.
Pro-life laws save lives: mothers and babies. Tens of thousands of American doctors confirm that killing unborn babies is not health care, and studies show that there are many physical and psychological risks of abortion to mothers.
The overturning of Roe will lead to more lives being saved – a fact that abortion activists desperately want Americans to ignore. Currently, 15 states are enforcing pro-life laws that ban or heavily restrict the killing of unborn babies in abortions, and more are fighting in court to do the same.
New research suggests as many as 32,000 unborn babies were saved from abortion in the first six months after the Dobbs ruling.
However, the Biden administration and most Democrats in Congress have been working aggressively to expand abortions in the wake of the June ruling. Their agenda includes forcing taxpayers to fund elective abortions, allowing mail-order abortion drugs without ever seeing a doctor, and passing a bill to force states to legalize abortion on demand nationwide.