Ignoring 12 US abortion deaths to push “safe and legal” abortions in Ireland

I reported yesterday on the Centers for Disease Control’s newly released Abortion Surveillance – United States, 2009, which reported the lowest rate and ratio of abortion in the U.S. since 1974.

There was another statistic in the Abortion Surveillance:

In 2008, the most recent year for which data were available, 12 women were reported to have died as a result of complications from known legal induced abortions. No reported deaths were associated with known illegal induced abortions.

Twelve mothers that we know of died from “safe and legal” abortions in the U.S. in 2008. And as Americans United for Life’s Charmaine Yoest noted to LifeNews.com, “That number is double the deaths reported the previous year and it’s the highest since 1994.”

According to the CDC, there have been 403 legal abortion-related deaths in the U.S. since 1973 (and 56 illegal), an average of 10 a year.

So where is the outcry from feminists?

Why, they’re all busy pointing their unrighteously indignant fingers at Ireland, where elective abortions are illegal, alleging that the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar proves abortion should be legal there – so women won’t die? In fact, abortion is legal in Ireland to save the life of a mother. It is a lie to claim Halappanavar’s death would have been averted were elective abortions legal in Ireland.

But Halappanavar’s body comes in handy to push for unfettered access to murder little Irish preborn babies.

From Latanya Mapp Frett, VP of of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which is likely a culprit in at least one of those 12 deaths, an article dripping with irony in CNN yesterday:

Savita Halappanavar died last month in Ireland after being denied a lifesaving abortion. If she had lived in the United States – where in two months we will mark four decades of safe and legal abortion on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling – she likely would be alive today….

Her death in Ireland serves as a stark reminder that living in a developed country does not necessarily protect us from backward health policies.

From pro-abortion Shivana Jorawar of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, at the pro-abortion website RH Reality Check:

As I plan my own future and explore whether parenthood is right for me, I am thankful I live in a place where abortion is legal and safe, and that I can afford the right to choose. I am thankful that women have always been resilient in my country, and that we have a long history of fighting for and winning reproductive rights.

With strength and courage, women in the United States have come a long way. But our journey is not complete. Too many women are still left out and too many lawmakers threaten to send us back to a time when Savita’s story could happen here. That’s why I work to not only preserve the rights I have, but to expand them for all women— because we all have a heartbeat, too.

More irony from Jodi Jacobson, Editor in Chief of the pro-abortion website RH Reality Check:

Someone’s daughter, wife, friend, perhaps sister is now dead. Why? Because a non-viable fetus was more important than her life. Because… there are people who don’t care about the lives of women….

And if they have their way, anti-choice fanatics in the United States want this country to join these others in denying women their very personhood…

These are the lives of your sister, your mother, your daughter, your aunt, your friends, and your colleagues. These are the lives at stake. These are the very people that the fanatical anti-choice and religious right see as “not people.”

They are all Savita Halappanavar.

We are all Savita Halappanavar.

But we do not have to die at the hands of misogynists.

No, we can die at the hand of “safe and legal” abortionists right here in the United States.

And yet more tragic irony, from pro-abortion E. J. Graff at The American Prospect:

I know that many pro-life people will say they would never intend such tragic results, that these are violations of their core theology. But death results from banning abortions. That’s why some doctors will risk their lives to perform them: Because without safe abortions, real women really die…

The only pro-life position is the right to choose. Otherwise, Savita – and others – die.

Funny, I googled “Latanya Mapp Frett Tonya Reaves,”Shivana Jorawar Tonya Reaves,” “Jodi Jacobson Tonya Reaves,” “RH Reality Check Tonya Reaves,” and “E. J. Graff Tonya Reaves,” and got nothing.

But when I googled “Planned Parenthood Tonya Reaves” I did get something – several stories reporting on Tonya Reaves’ death at Planned Parenthood of Illinois in Chicago on July 20.

Where were and are the feminists standing up for Tonya, right here in America? Well, her death didn’t fit the agenda.

Any liberals who have dared to mention Tonya’s name have only done so only to criticize “right-wing abortion exploitation.”

24 thoughts on “Ignoring 12 US abortion deaths to push “safe and legal” abortions in Ireland”

  1. I thought of the same thing. Unfortunately, it seems that the only abortion related death some are worried about are the ones caused by pro-life laws.

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  2. It’s not so much the “Ignore twelve, focus on one” that gets my goat. After all, if we start throwing numbers around we’re playing the “Which is riskier?” game, and that’s THEIR game, a game they cheat at. They’ve positioned allies in the organizations that produce the statistics, and it’s set up to give them the numbers they want, regardless of the reality.

    http://afterabortion.org/2000/the-cover-up-why-u-s-abortion-mortality-statistics-are-meaningless/

    And, in Savita’s case, that’s not relevant anyway.  What we need to focus on is that Savita was in need of OBSTETRIC CARE and ANTIBIOTICS. She was NOT given these. And the “women’s health advocates” are TOTALLY willing to overlook this. It’s a non-issue to them. The fact that she asked for, but was not given, a procedure which isn’t even by Catholic standards an abortion is what they latch on to. They attach the word “abortion” to it and then try to ride that pony across the finish line. Stay on-message here. They are willing to totally overlook the woman’s clear need for obstetric care and antibiotics when suffereing complications of a WANTED PREGNANCY. They have expressed ZERO disapproval of those aspects of this situation. Even for a WANTED PREGNANCY, as long as abortion is made available, they’re happy. Even if the woman DIES, as Allegra Roseberry did, the abortion was done and all is well for the “reproductive health care” advocates.We need to beat them over the head with this at every opportunity, to expose that it is NOT reproductive health care that concerns them. It is abortion, EVEN IN THE CASE OF WANTED PREGNANCY.

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  3.    What about the thousands of desperately poior women in poor countries where abortion is illegal who  die every year from botched illegal ones ?  Another factor in this appallingly high death rate is that they do not have access to the very thing which could have prevented  this carnage -contraceptives .  And the Catholic church stupidly  blocks this availability . 

       Here , abortion is not “safe,legal and rare” bt unsafe, illegal and common !   This young woman did not have to die .  Her death was a horrible, senseless tragdy .  Situations like this do not happen in America fortunatrely .But they WILL be common if abortion becomes illegla again here .   

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  4.  It’s not so much the “Ignore twelve, focus on one” that gets my goat. After all, if we start throwing numbers around we’re playing the “Which is riskier?” game, and that’s THEIR game, a game they cheat at. They’ve positioned allies in the organizations that produce the statistics, and it’s set up to give them the numbers they want, regardless of the reality.
     
    http://afterabortion.org/2000/the-cover-up-why-u-s-abortion-mortality-statistics-are-meaningless/
    And, in Savita’s case, that’s not relevant anyway.  What we need to focus on is that Savita was in need of obstetric care and antibiotics. She was NOT given these. And the “women’s health advocates” are totally willing to overlook this. It’s a non-issue to them.
    The fact that she asked for, but was not given, a procedure which isn’t even by Catholic standards an abortion is what they latch on to. They attach the word “abortion” to it and then try to ride that pony across the finish line.
    It needs to be repeated: They are totally willing to give this doctor a walk on the malpractice — the lack of diagnostics, the lack of pain control, the lack of monitoring, the lack of antibiotics — as long as at some point an abortion was forthcoming. There would be no outrage over Savita’s death, regardless of the amount of malpractice, as long as the doctor did an abortion.
    We can use abortion deaths as examples of the indifference to gross malpractice. In fact, we can point to Kermit Gosnell and the blind eye the prochoice movment openly chose to turn in the name of “access.”
    Stay on message here: They are willing to give any doctor a pass on any amount of gross malpractice *as long as he commits an abortion.* We have irrefutable proof of this. STAY ON MESSAGE.

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  5. Yes, Sativa in an alternative universe could have elected to leave the hospital, fly to Kansas and die from a botched abortion and the accolades to abortionists would still be ringing and her name just another statistic in a CDC report, if it even manages to get reported. The solution to their constant cognitive dissonance and utter political worldview is to keep speaking truth louder and louder.

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  6. “The only pro-life position is the right to choose”

    The only day is night. The only up is down. The only good is evil. the only wrong is right.  All the above statements make the same amount of sense.   

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  7. “Yes, I got it. They don’t consider any victims in abortion to be real.”

    It’s funny, they say we only care about people before they’re born, but even if that were true we’d still care about more people than they do.  

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  8. Hi Robert Berger,

    Please read the article and comment on the 12 women that died from “safe and legal” abortion in the US in 2008.

    Any thoughts on them or just ::crickets:: as usual??

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  9. So true Xalisae.

    They are soooooo strangely silent when women die from abortions. Unless it suits their agenda of course.

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  10. Carla says:
    November 28, 2012 at 7:18 pm
    So true Xalisae.
    They are soooooo strangely silent when women die from abortions. Unless it suits their agenda of course.

    (Denise) Abortion is an operation. People die in operations.
    What about a CHILD who died the DAY AFTER his mother had an abortion?  Google “Renee Nicely” convicted of beating her son to death the day after her abortion.  She wasn’t given the death penalty in part because the jury believed her mind had been affected by the abortion.
    I’ve read that child abuse actually INCREASES when abortion is legal.  That’s not hard to understand. “Why should you get treated so well you little brat when the other one didn’t even get to be born?”
     

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  11. The fact of the matter is that Ireland, where abortion is illegal except to save the life of the mother, the maternal mortality rate is only 6 women per thousand, while in India, where abortion is legal, the maternal mortality rate is 200 per thousand. In the UK, where abortion is legal, the maternal mortality is 12 women per thousand, and here in the US, the maternal mortality rate is 20 women per thousand. In Chile, wher abortion is completely illegal except to save the life of the mother, the maternal mortality rate is 16 women per thousand. Furthermore, almost all of the countries surrounding Chile criminalize elective abortion, so there is no place for a Chilean woman to go for a safe and legal abortion.

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  12. Even the Allen Guttmacher Institute publically admits that the vast majority of unsafe abortions take place in developing nations where healthcare is poor, the vast majority of people cannot afford a doctor, hospitals are overcrowded and understaffed, emergency medical services are poor or nonexsistant, blood banks are poorly managed, and up to 25% of all prescribed drugs are counterfits. Legalizing abortion in those nations won’t stop women from dying of unsafe abortions, since they cannot afford a doctor anyway, so they will continue to go to the village midwife. Should something go wrong, they probably won’t be able to get to a hospital on time and even if they do, they probably won’t be given a good level of care. To stop women from dying of unsafe abortions you would have to change the entire healthcare system.

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  13. Furthermore, according to public health statistics, the biggest drop in deaths from unsafe abortion here in the US occured after the invention of penicillan, not after the legalization of abortion. According to the CDC, in 1972 just 39 women died from illegal abortion, while 22 women died from perfectly legal abortions. In 1955, a Planned Parenthood conference on illegal abortion estimated that 85% of all illegal abortions were being done by competent doctors. The vast majority of those so-called back alley butchers were actually liscensed, trained, well-respected physicians.

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  14. What the Catholic Church teaches regarding the use of artificial methods of contraception applies to Catholics only. Artificial contraception is not the only method of regulating the size of one’s family. Natural family planning happens to be superior in many ways. For one thing the divorce rate is a lot lower than among contracepting couples. 

    One thing that lowered Chile’s maternal death rate was better maternal education. The Catholic Church is all for that. Before criticizing the Church for this position, have you actually read what the Church teaches and why it so? You see it simply as a prohibition without understanding the wisdom and rationale that went into it. 

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  15. “For one thing the divorce rate is a lot lower than among contracepting couples.” – that would be because the same catholic beliefs which lead to the use of nfp are the same catholic beliefs which disallow divorce. If you follow one its likely you’ll follow the other.

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  16. Reality @ 1:23 am

    Liar, liar pants on fire. . . . .

    You really need to try stopping the lies, lady. 

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  17. “Liar, liar pants on fire. . . . .You really need to try stopping the lies, lady.” – oh my, such a considered, accurate and intellectual response. Haven’t fallen under the grip of the grape again have you?
     
    Are you really going to deny that most people who use NFP do so because of the catholic teachings they adhere to, and that those same catholic teachings advocate against divorce?

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