<\body> Stories in America: 70,000 Women Died from Backstreet Abortions Last Year

Monday, February 06, 2006

70,000 Women Died from Backstreet Abortions Last Year

Bush's 'pro-life' policies overseas are causing tens of thousands of women to seek back-street abortions. As a result, 70,000 have died. That's 39 dead women per day.
Critics of America's aid policy say some might have lived if the US had not withdrawn funding from clinics that provide safe services - or that simply tell women where to find them.
At issue is the 'global gag rule,' which was reinstated by Bush on his first day in office in January 2001. The rule requires organizations applying for US funds to agree not to counsel women on abortion -- other than advising against it -- or provide abortion services.

The British government has decided to step in and give money to the organizations that have been cut off from American funding:
The Department for International Development will contribute £3m over two years. DFID and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) - whose clinics across the world have suffered badly - hope that others, particularly the Scandinavians, Dutch and Canadians, will be emboldened to put money in too.

"I think the UK is being very brave and very progressive in making this commitment," said Steven Sinding, director general of the IPPF. "We're deeply grateful for this gesture not only financially but also politically.

"Tens of thousands of women who depend on our services are not able to get them. We're committed to the expansion of safe abortion because in any society no matter how efficiently contraception is made available there will be unplanned and unwanted pregnancies."

The "global gag", he said, had increased the number of unsafe abortions by stopping funding to clinics that primarily provide contraception. "What I've never been able to figure out about American policy is why they persist in cutting down funding to organisations that are about preventing unwanted pregnancies."
The death toll is highest in Kenya, where abortion is illegal or severely restricted.

If the so-called 'pro-lifers' get their way, this is what we'll face in the United States. The rich will have access to safe illegal abortions, but the poor will be left to die.


At 2/06/2006 2:50 PM, Anonymous sara said...

Have any of the pro-lifers commented on these numbers??

At 2/06/2006 4:03 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

Fetal prostitutes!


Damn, I wished I had pitched this!

At 2/07/2006 11:57 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

Without knowing anything about how valid this number might be, my guess is that pro-lifers would point out there are approximately 46 Million abortions per year world wide. And given their belief that abortion is the taking of human life, they may not shy away from getting into a numbers argument with you.


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