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.
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.”