Thursday, October 15, 2009

Unsafe Abortion Killing 70,000 Women a Year?

A new report by Allan Guttmacher Institute, which is part of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, has released a study that shows a staggering 70,000 women each year are killed each year by unsafe abortions.


The study indicates that countries that limit access to abortion have equal numbers of abortion as those countries that legalize it (in other words, legalizing abortion does not increase abortion).  In those countries where abortion is illegal, it is deemed to be unsafe.


The study goes on to show that those countries that accept contraception with open arms have decreased need for abortion while those stubborn countries, especially in Africa, that don't like contraception have higher abortion rates.


That's weird since the abortion rates in Britain, the poster-child from easy access to all imaginable types of birth control, have skyrocketed since abortion became legal there in 1967; and the rate continues to rise. 


It's also weird since that trend is repeated in many other European countries.  When contraception goes up, abortion goes up.


How strange that a research organization that is funded by an abortion and contraception provider would discover that contraception and legalization of abortion is the way to prevent these women from needing unsafe abortions.


It reminds me of the old adage, consider the source.


The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children is currently creating a response to the report and I'll make sure to post that here as soon as I get it.

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