A new study of abortion rates around the world finds that the rates are higher in countries where the procedure is illegal, and those abortions are, of course, unregulated and far less safe and a lot of women die as a result of botched illegal abortions.
Abortion rates are highest where the procedure is illegal, according to a new study. The study also found nearly half of all abortions worldwide are unsafe, with the vast majority of unsafe abortions occurring in developing countries…
The new global abortion study – that’s published in the Jan. 19 issue of The Lancet – is from the U.S.-based Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization. Researchers found a link between higher abortion rates and regions with more restrictive legislation, such as in Latin America and Africa. They also found that 95 to 97 percent of abortions in those regions were unsafe.
Experts couldn’t say whether more liberal laws led to fewer procedures, but said good access to birth control in those countries resulted in fewer unwanted pregnancies.
About 47,000 women died from unsafe abortions in 2008, and another 8.5 million women had serious medical complications. Almost all unsafe abortions were in developing countries, where family planning and contraceptive programs have mostly levelled off.
“An abortion is actually a very simple and safe procedure,” Gilda Sedgh, study author and senior researcher at the Guttmacher Institute, said. “All of these deaths and complications are easily avoidable.”
I’ve said it before a thousand times, if the “pro-life” crowd really wanted to prevent abortions they would be doing everything they can to reduce unwanted pregnancies. That means making birth control cheap and widely available. They would also be working to make sure every pregnant woman has adequate family planning services, pre-natal and post-natal care. They are doing the exact opposite, forcing such clinics to go out of business with unnecessary regulations and funding cuts. Because it isn’t really about preventing abortion, it’s about controlling women and enforcing their puritan moral code.