Penetrating The Abortion-Safety Smokescreen

Michael Spielman

Earlier this fall, The Lancet published a new study on the safety of abortion around the globe. According to their report, approximately 25 million unsafe abortions occur each year, which represents 45% of the estimated worldwide total. Dr. Bela Ganatra, a World Health Organization (WHO) scientist in the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, is the study's lead author. Her bio on the WHO website says that she is "working on preventing unsafe abortion." With the exception of one word, her job description is identical to my own. Dr. Ganatra is working to prevent unsafe abortion; I am working to prevent abortion. Of course, the insertion of that one word—unsafe—places us on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum. For all its talk of prevention, the World Health Organization is dedicated to nothing less than the complete and unequivocal mainstreaming of abortion, as inferred by the conclusion to which the study comes:

Increased efforts are needed, especially in developing countries, to ensure access to safe abortion.

Reading that, perhaps you feel I'm overstating WHO's agenda. If an abortion is going to take place, shouldn't it at least be safe? If that's the question you're asking, then you've already been put off the scent. The World Health Organization, along with the entire abortion industry, doesn't want you thinking about abortion in ethical terms. They want you thinking about it in pragmatic terms. They don't want you asking, is abortion wrong? They want you asking, is abortion safe? Is it effectual? If you doubt that WHO is so ideologically committed to abortion, consider the following remarks from their publication, “Safe abortion: technical and policy guidance for health systems:”

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