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From the Leader in Post-Abortion Research
Vol. 10, No. 6 -- October 21, 2011


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Abortion, Not Conscience Protections, Is Killing Women

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently claimed that a bill protecting the right of health care workers not to be involved in performing abortions would lead to the deaths of women:

Under this bill, when the Republicans vote for this bill today, they will be voting to say that women can die on the floor and health care providers do not have to intervene if this bill is passed. Itís just appalling.

Pro-life advocates argue that Pelosi misrepresented the bill, saying that it doesn't infringe on life-saving treatment. But it is also worth pointing out that abortion is linked to higher death rates among women. Studies in the U.S. and Finland of maternal death rates found that women who had abortions were more likely to die in the years following compared to women who gave birth.

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Abortionists Are Not
Held Accountable for Mistakes

An Emergency Room Physician Shares Her Experiences  Lenora Berning, M.D.

Abortion is one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the United States, yet it is the least regulated. It is the only elective surgical procedure that I know of in which the doctor performing the procedure is not responsible for follow-up care, nor does he or she take an active role in dealing with the complications. Not only this, but the very nature of abortion clinics, which practice in isolation from the rest of the medical community, keeps the abortion provider free from accountability for these complications.

Those who support abortion on demand will claim that the reported complication rate for abortions is low. They may be right. Not necessarily because there are few complications, but because the complications are underreported. They are underreported because there is no accurate process in place today to quantify the harmful repercussions of abortion. The abortion industry has successfully kept abortion and abortionists free from the type of review, regulation, and accountability that is an integral part of the rest of the medical profession. Let me give you some real life examples.

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