Let the facts speak!

Let the facts speak about how pro life are those people who are trying to make abortion less accessible and available to women.
It is always a question of where the facts are. Is the data pointing towards a better preservation of life, quality and quantity wise if abortions became less available and accessible, or is the data pointing to a better preservation
of life, quality and quantity wise if abortions where safe, available and accessible?

And one can’t just wing this. Fortunately, we have some very good data collected for multiple years and readily available that shows us ware the truth is.

The United Nations Statistics Division-Demographic and social Statistics

http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/sconcerns/health/hel2.htm

Let’s take a careful look:

I will look at the “Table 17” Maternal deaths and maternal death rates: 1992 – 2002

Links to the table to check for yourselves.

http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/dyb/DYB2002/Table17.xls
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/dyb/DYB2002/Table17.pdf

Let’s pick 3 countries where abortions are readily available and accessible
and 3 countries where abortions are restricted or illegal…
And let’s have a look at the direct effect upon women.

                                           1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002

Canada(1)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Number – Nombre…..   17   18   19   13   8    11   …  …

         Rate — Taux………     4.5  4.9  5.5  3.8  2.4  3.4  …  …                   

United States – -États-Unis                                                                                                                                               
         Number – Nombre…..     277  294  327  281  406  404  …  …                      
         Rate — Taux………     7.1  7.6  8.4  7.1  10.3 10.0 …  …
Hungary – Hongrie                                                                                                                                                    
         Number – Nombre..        17   12   21   6    4    10   5    8                     
         Rate — Taux……        15.2 11.4 20.9 6.2  4.2  10.2 5.2  8.3
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       Mexico – Mexique                    
         Number – Nombre.     1454 1291 1266 1430 1411 1325 1268 
         Rate — Taux…..        52.9 47.7 46.9 53.6 51.0 47.3 45.8 …

        Philippines                                                                                                                                               
         Number – Nombre.       1485 1549 1513 1579  …  …   …  …                   
         *No rates provided … and stopped reporting the massacre after 1998 for some reason.
       Chile – Chili                                                                                                                                                         
         Number – Nombre…     86   63   61   55   60   49   45         …                       
         Rate — Taux…….     30.7 23.8 23.5 21.4 23.9 19.7 18.3       …                       
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The countries on the upper part of the table largely allow
abortions with no or very little restrictions. While the numbers of the us may be a bit high
you have to take into account that the us lacks a universal health care system and there
are some restrictions on abortion itself. The numbers and rates / 100000 live births
are comparable and low in both Canada and Hungary, both have universal health care,
and both allow abortions with very little to no restrictions.

Now let’s take a look at the lower part of the table.
These are countries that have universal health care, and have a reasonably advanced
health care system,but mostly forbid abortions.
The numbers are staggering, and the rates tell a very sad story. The mortality rates
for women within their reproductive age is between 2 to 5 times that of countries
that allow abortions. Forbidding or making abortion difficult to get increases
the likelihood of women dying between 2 to 5 fold.

I also referenced this site to check on abortion status in different countries:
http://www.pregnantpause.org/lex/world02.htm

So the simple conclusion, where the data is pointing is, abortions do save lives,
lots and lots of women lives that are going to live, prosper, have a useful
productive lives, and may even have children later, when the conditions
are more favorable. Lack of proper abortion however puts an abrupt, painful and
miserable end to their lives.
So, my conclusion is pro choice is indeed pro life. Making abortions available
and accessible does save significantly more lives than not doing so. Let’s
keep abortions safe, legal and available for women.

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