Did You Hear? Abortion Not Needed to Save a Mother’s Life

chart - abortion deathsby Nathan A. Cherry, 09/20/2012

There’s a “pro-life” position which says that abortion in the case of the mother’s life is acceptable. It goes along with the position of abortion in the case of rape being acceptable. I spoke about my “evolving” (now completely evolved) position on abortion in the case of rape not long ago. You can read my comments here. So now let’s talk about the recent news that abortion in the case of the mother’s life may no longer be necessary.

No doubt these positions were established some years ago when science and medicine were not where they are today. Pregnancy had a certain level of risk 25 years ago that no longer exists today. The advancements in medicine and maternal care are so advanced that even high risk pregnancies are cared for with little harm to the unborn child.

This was the topic of a recent symposium in Ireland where the groups of medical experts concluded by sharing the Dublin Declaration on Maternal Healthcare, which says:

-“As experienced practitioners and researchers in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, we affirm that direct abortion is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman.

-“We uphold that there is a fundamental difference between abortion, and necessary medical treatments that are carried out to save the life of the mother, even if such treatment results in the loss of life of her unborn child.

-“We confirm that the prohibition of abortion does not affect, in any way, the availability of optimal care to pregnant women.”

In other words, it is outdated and unnecessary to support abortion in the case of the mother.

This is wonderful and welcome news in light of another recent study that suggests women who have an abortion are 45% more likely to die in a future pregnancy. The study concludes:

 “A single induced abortion increases the risk of maternal death by 45 percent compared to women with no history of abortion…each additional abortion is associated with an even higher death rate. Women who had two abortions were 114 percent more likely to die during the period examined, and women had three or more abortions had a 192 percent increased risk of death.”

What is evident from these two studies is that maternal health, women’s health, or anything else related to health as a reason for abortion is not only false but is actually far more dangerous than pregnancy. Groups like Planned Parenthood say we need abortion because it is a women’s health issue, and yet the research shows that abortion causes the death of women rather than protecting their health.

This is a stunning turn of events as provisions for abortion in Obama’s HHS mandate are being hotly contested by those with a religious objection to abortion. And we can all imagine the health risks women in China are now living with as a result of their forced abortion policy. (Thankfully that part of the one child policy may be coming to an end.)

Now, as pro-lifers, our position is not simply one that is moral in nature; our position is one that is vastly more beneficial for women. Pro-abortion advocates would have us believe that they care far more for women and desire more “choices” for women by advocating for “abortion on demand and without apology.” Yet such does not seem to be the case.

How can it be said that someone cares for another person when they advocate for a position that would cause danger to their health (abortion is also linked to breast cancer and mental health issues)? It’s a smoke and mirrors game being played by groups like Planned Parenthood that has deceived women into believing abortion is “no big deal” and that it should be accepted by everyone as a viable “option.” However abortion is far more about money, racism, and eugenics than anything else. It’s the dark side few are willing to talk about.

What is for certain is that pregnancy is a healthier option than abortion. And abortion is almost never needed in order to save a mother’s life. These facts are powerful weapons in our fight against those that would deceive women and push a dangerous alternative to life.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

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