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Planned Parenthood exploits pregnancy tragedy

This weekend, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, an abortion chain with 23 locations in Iowa and Nebraska, has exploited a pregnancy tragedy in an attempt to derail legislation in Iowa — and other states, including Kansas– to protect pain-capable unborn children from the excruciating pain of abortion. Video here.

Last November, Nebraskan Danielle Deavers suffered a complete premature rupture of the membranes at 22 weeks into her pregnancy, forecasting a dismal future: her unborn child, Elizabeth, would likely be born with head deformities, muscle tissue compaction and a halted lung development, contributing to a 10% chance of survival.

An abortion was not legally available as her unborn child was alive and Deaver was not suffering a life-threatening physical medical emergency. In an interview taped at Planned Parenthood, the obviously still-grieving parents (more…)

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A central reason given in Roe v. Wade for the legalization of abortion was the claim that, “Abortion is safer than childbirth.”  Though the claim has no basis in fact, the British Obstetric & Gynecology College has now recommended women be told that claim.

Reporting about abortions and their complications is not accurate, explains Dr. Jack Wilke. The comparison of abortion deaths to childbirth deaths is not only comparing apples with oranges, but has so many qualifying factors and unknowns that any type of reasonably accurate comparison is all but impossible.

A perfect example is the Kansas City Aid for Women clinic, that doesn’t even try to use current data.  Their online informed consent says, “First trimester procedures are safer than carrying to full-term…The mortality rate with legal abortions is 1 in 160,000…maternal death [is] 14 death per 100,000 live births when you include obstetric complications within the first year.”  The citation is not a bit current, it’s a 1987 CDC [Center for Disease Control] survey, itself flawed.

CDC is supposed to collect the number of abortions done nationwide,  but there are a number of states that don’t comply, including the huge state of California. A state that doesn’t even report abortions, certainly is not going to be reporting any sort of statistically relevant information about complications. So a high percentage of abortion complications are never reported.

‘Maternal mortality’ reported in the U.S. does not merely count deaths during or immediately following childbirth, it includes deaths from

  1. induced abortion (!);
  2. tubal and molar pregnancies;
  3. heart disease and high blood pressure, which may only be peripherally related to delivery;
  4. injuries and trauma UP TO ONE YEAR AFTER DELIVERY–including death from car accidents and murder!

Another factor is that the very few studies done (more…)

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