With the best methods possible, the Lancet study shows that maternal deaths have declined since 1980 from more than a half-million annually to 342,900. That’s without abortion being declared an international right and without $30 billion additional funding for family-planning groups.
Abortion activists have been storming Capitol Hill, citing the discredited figures and reciting the mantra that abortion rights will lower global maternal deaths. At one briefing, speakers demanded U.S. funding of international abortions because “public funding of abortion is a human right.”
A right abortion activists declare, for the sake of funding, is necessary to further reduce the claimed 13 percent of women who die annually from unsafe abortions. So while we’re talking about numbers, here’s a follow-up to the Margaret Somerville article stating she’s exaggerating the numbers for the other side.
She deduces that there are at least 800 late-term abortions carried out in Canada each year, which amounts to less than 0.3 per cent of live births, a miniscule [sic] figure she nonetheless seems to think puts paid to the myth that they are “not rare.”
She then claims that pregnancy complications that threaten the mother’s health and well being are, in fact, “rare.” Canada’s maternal death rate is eight out of 1,000 births. Our late-term abortion rate, by the most generous extrapolation of Somerville’s numbers, is about half that, yet somehow “not rare.”
When I hear a number like 0.3 percent, I think to myself, that’s not as significant as the 13 percent of maternal deaths we’re told are from unsafe abortions. When does a percentage become significant then? Is 0.3 percent indeed “a miniscule figure”?
There are 19 million unsafe abortions each year according to the World Health Organization statistics, which they sum up like this.
about 20 million of them (women with unplanned pregnancies) resort to unsafe abortion…
Rounding up a million? Okay, let’s keep reading.
Unsafe abortion – defined as a procedure for terminating an unwanted pregnancy either by persons lacking the necessary skills or in an environment lacking minimal medical standards or both – results in the deaths of 67 000 women every year…
Even if we conceded that 13 percent of all maternal mortalities are in fact from unsafe abortions, the percentage of women who die from them, according the the WHO’s own statistics, is 67,000/19,000,000 or 0.35 percent. Canada’s own maternal mortality rate is over double this, at 0.8 percent.
To put it plainly, less than half of a tenth of a percent of unsafe abortions result in maternal death.
For me, 19,000,000 is the most striking number in this mix, and it’s the number of abortions that I want to tackle, along with the other 87 percent of maternal deaths that seem to have been lost in the storm.by