Vol. 11, No. 4 -- April 13, 2012
This special issue of the Elliot Institute News considers the collective toll of nearly four decades of abortion on demand. In response to media rhetoric about an alleged "war on women," this report lets the evidence speak for itself. As disturbing as this evidence is, it represents just the tip of the iceberg. As the body of evidence grows, it is increasingly clear that those who promote or profit from abortion are -- ironically -- the ones who are really at war with women.
IN THIS ISSUE:
In media and political rhetoric, abortion advocates have claimed that there is a "war on women" waged by Americans who defend traditional family values and fundamental, God-given rights. Yet evidence from nearly four decades of abortion on demand makes it clear that dismissing or marginalizing these fundamental values and rights has only opened a Pandora's box of exploitation and heartbreak.
This special issue illustrates a "perfect storm" ironically working against -- not for -- women and their children. It involves a sequence of unthinkable pre-abortion, abortion and post-abortion abuses outlined in this issue.
While abortion on demand is often cloaked in rhetoric about "choice," research indicates that most abortions involve coercion. There are also nightmarish incidents of forced abortion in America, seldom reported and acknowledged by leaders who allege a "war on women." (To help those being coerced, visit the Center Against Forced Abortions. For legislative initiatives concerning coercion and forced abortions, see stopforcedabortions.com.)
Furthermore, there is gendercide and sex-selection abortion in America ... another disturbing example of abortion as a tool for coercion, abuse and discrimination against mothers and girls. (See link below.)
Abortion remains at the forefront of many of the "war on women" arguments today. A closer look at the evidence will challenge "pro-woman" leaders while showing fence-sitters and apologists that abortion endangers the rights and lives of babies and mothers, plus fathers and families, with ripple-effects that hurt others and affect all of us.
by Martha Shuping, M.D.
Dr. Shuping presented this article
at a United Nations workshop in March 2011, and at the June 2011
meeting of the Association for Interdisciplinary Research on
Values and Social Change.
This Special Report from the Elliot Institute explores the abortion industry's coercion of women as detailed by former abortion business workers. Other information in the report discusses deceptive and sales-driven counseling practices and more from women speaking out about "counseling" from an insider's perspective. go to special report
Coercion can come from trusted experts, gatekeepers and guides during narrow but pivotal windows of time where individuals and families in crisis may be seeking answers, referrals or a helping hand. As other reports indicate, coercion can come from sales-savvy, agenda- or profit-driven abortion clinic "counselors" who are wolves in sheep's clothing.
Coercion can also come in the form of negligent or false information presented as fact by authority figures or trusted professionals in the helping professions and elsewhere.
At the same time, a woman's support network may be non-existent or she may experience yet another form of coercion in the form of emotional, financial or physical blackmail. Coercion takes many forms and can escalate to violence from employers, authorities, family or partners. Horrific examples of this are detailed in "Forced Abortion in America," and elsewhere.
A study published in a major medical journal also helps shed light on the synergistic nature of coercion. Citations and a user-friendly summary of the statistics below can be found on the "What Every American Needs to Know" web page, including handy postcard or flyer formats at the TheUnChoice.com.
The statistics, taken together, show a portrait of systemic coercion, not "choice" as most Americans understand it. Research surveying women who had abortions indicates that:
This downloadable, 26-page report (in pdf form) summarizes research, information and news reports of pregnancy-related discrimination, exploitation, abuse, coercion, violence and homicide when women try to resist unwanted abortions.
From deceptive or coercive
counseling to job and housing discrimination,
In an article in National Review,
population control expert Steve Mosher, president of the
Population Research Institute, offers some shocking information
on sex-selection abortions in the United States:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently claimed that a bill that would prohibit federal funding for healthcare plans that cover abortions and protect the right of health care workers not to be involved in performing abortions would lead to the deaths of women:
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 of maternal death rates in both the U.S. and Finland have found that women who had abortions were more likely to die in the years following compared to women who gave birth.
record-based study, published in the Southern Medical
Journal, found that compared to women who gave birth, women
who had abortions had a 62 percent higher risk of death from all
causes for at least eight years after their
pregnancies. Deaths from suicides and accidents were most
prominent, with deaths from suicides being 2.5 times higher.
Projected on the national population, this effect may contribute
to 2,000 – 5,000 more deaths among women each year.
Legal Abortion Has Increased, Rather than
CDC officials have admitted that maternal
mortality rates and abortion mortality rates “are conceptually
different and are used by the CDC for different public health
The new study repeats the same discredited practice of simply comparing nationally reported maternal mortality rates with Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported deaths associated with abortion. Sounds reasonable, until you learn that there is no accurate or formal mechanism for reporting abortion-related deaths. Indeed, the rules regarding completion of death certificates specifically exclude identifying abortion as a cause of death.
At least in part, this is why CDC officials have admitted that maternal mortality rates and abortion mortality rates “are conceptually different and are used by the CDC for different public health purposes.”
In other words, the CDC numbers on abortion-related deaths cannot be meaningfully compared to maternal mortality rates. CDC methods simply do not rely on a uniform method of collecting data on abortion related deaths.
In short, Grimes used a very incomplete record of abortion-associated deaths and compared it to a complete record of deaths associated with non-aborted pregnancies, and found that the death rate is lower. Therefore, he concludes, abortion is safer than childbirth.
As they say: junk in, junk out.
But fortunately we are not stuck with only the CDC’s haphazard yardstick for measuring abortion-related deaths. In the last 15 years, a number of record-based studies have been conducted that do provide an objective, identical standard for comparing abortion-associated deaths with natural pregnancy-associated deaths.
Using this method, the National Research and Development Center for Welfare and Health in Finland reported that 94 percent of deaths associated with abortion (in the first year alone) are being missed in national data reports on abortion. The same researchers found that women are four times more likely to die in the year following abortion than women who give birth. Similar findings were reported in a record-based study of California women.
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