LIFEalerts – Abortion


Malawi – Seeks to introduce extreme abortion bill up to birth

An extreme abortion Bill, which would allow abortion on demand, with no age restriction or parental consent, right up to birth is being introduced in Malawi. Malawi’s Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship expressed ‘grave concern’ saying, those supporting the legislation have founded their arguments mainly on the premise that it will protect women and reduce maternal mortality which is high in the country. However, abortion is not needed to achieve low maternal mortality rates. “At Nkhoma Hospital in rural Lilongwe, maternal mortality rates fell from 1518/100,000 to 109/100,000 between 2008 and 2015 by improving obstetric care within the confines of the current restrictive abortion law.”

“An in-depth review of 58 maternal deaths at the same hospital, from 2007 to 2011, showed that only 3 maternal deaths were related to abortion complications. Most patients experienced a delay in seeking care (63.8%), a transport delay (74.1%), or a delay in receiving adequate care. Similarly, a study in Mexico found that differences in maternal deaths between states with restrictive and permissive abortion laws were not explained by abortion legislation, but by other factors, such as literacy rates among women, maternal healthcare, access to clean water, proper sanitation facilities, fertility rates, and the level of violence against women.” “The study suggests that developing countries do not need to relax abortion laws to reduce maternal mortality rates.”

“Many health workers in Malawi are not skilled in patient-centred counselling. This brings about the risk that vulnerable women and girls will be advised to a certain course of action without fully understanding either what is happening to them, or the potential physical and psychosocial consequences (including the risks of bleeding and infection).” Read more CMDF Statement, Article.

USA – Abortionist’s medical license revoked for shameful conduct

The Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners has suspended the temporary medical license of abortionist Leah Nicole Torres after it found she had lied repeatedly on her permanent medical license application by denying disciplinary action, medical malpractice claims, denied history of mental health conditions, etc. Torres on her twitter account with 26,900 followers, is known for unashamedly and unapologetically stating that she cuts the vocal cords of babies during abortions so that they do not have the opportunity to scream. Torres began working at the West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in early August 2020, after the retirement of 82-year old abortionist Louis Payne, who left in the wake of an investigation into the death of a woman. Read more

USA – Group of senators asks FDA to classify abortion pill as hazard to public health

20 Republican senators sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), calling on them to remove the abortion pill from the U.S. market, and to classify the pill as an “imminent hazard to the public health” that poses a “significant threat of danger”. The letter notes that President Bill Clinton’s administration rushed the abortion pill through the FDA approval process under political pressure, saying it is “nakedly obvious that the abortion industry and its allies in the media, billionaire philanthropic circles, and special interest groups, have wanted an unregulated and de-medicalized abortion pill since the moment the FDA first approved it in 2000.”

Finally, the letter points out that Mifepristone poses a higher risk of complication than surgical abortion in the beginning of pregnancy, and somewhere between 5% and 7% of women require follow-up surgical abortions. “While we support the FDA’s continued fight to defend the Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategy, to monitor dangerous clinical studies, and to shut down illegal websites,” the senators write, “these measures alone fail to protect the thousands of women harmed even by compliant usage of this drug – or the millions of children killed.” In the House, Representative Jody Hice led more than 70 congressmen in sending a similar letter to the FDA. Read more

USA – 100 Black pro-life leaders call out racist legacy of abortion industry

More than 100 Black pro-life leaders urged the Planned Parenthood (PP) abortion chain to denounce its racist founder’s views in a letter. One affiliate of the abortion chain has already done so – in word, though not in deed. The Greater New York branch removed Sanger’s name from its abortion facility in Manhattan and distanced itself from her eugenics beliefs after hundreds of its own employees accused it of “systemic racism.” “Since George Floyd’s tragic death in police custody, Planned Parenthood has openly voiced its support of the Black Lives Matter movement and its commitment to combating racism in all its forms,” the letter states. Yet, the abortion chain has refused to acknowledge “the iniquity that your abortion practices perpetrate against Black lives,” it continues.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, the abortion rate among Black women is almost five times higher than it is among white women. And in New York City, health data indicates that more Black babies are aborted than are born alive annually. While abortions harm families of every race and culture, they disproportionately harm Black families. Read more

UK – New survey shows global increase in opposition to abortion

A new survey by Ipsos MORI, a market research company in London and a member of the British Polling Council and Market Research Society, shows a growing number of people around the world are opposed to abortion. The poll questioned 17,500 people from 25 countries and found a 5% decrease between 2016 and 2020 in the number of people supporting abortion either when the woman decides she wants one or in certain situations like when a woman has been raped. Of the 25 countries, 56% (14) showed a decline in abortion support and just 32% (8) countries showed growing support. Despite the change in attitudes towards abortions, members of parliament around the world have ignored the people. Read more: survey, article

USA – 14 Texas Towns have outlawed abortion

Lubbock may soon be the 15th and largest city in Texas to become a “sanctuary city for the unborn” and outlaw abortion. The proposed ordinance says that “It shall be unlawful for any person to procure or perform, or knowingly aid an abortion of any type and at any stage of pregnancy in the City of Lubbock, Texas,” It also defines abortion as “the act of using or prescribing an instrument, a drug, a medicine, or any other substance, device, or means with the intent to cause the death of an unborn child of a woman known to be pregnant. Read more

USA – New study: first child abortion makes woman more likely to abort future pregnancies

A new longitudinal study that has been published in the Journal of Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology, claims that women who abort their first child, are more likely to abort future pregnancies. The study looked at 7.3 million pregnancy outcomes of Medicaid-eligible women over 13 years of age occurring from 1999-2014 in 17 states which allowed for the use of state taxpayer funds to pay for abortions. According to the authors, low-income women who have abortions are more likely to have subsequent abortions, [and this] would support the body of evidence indicating that abortion is associated with greater reproductive health risks. The authors also wrote. “The hope that easier access to abortion would decrease maternal mortality has been rebutted by evidence to the contrary.” Read more: Study