Women with health problems are having babies safely

Geneticist Sir Alfred William Liley says the following:

Now we have the paradoxical situation that women with the strangest conditions and most serious disorders that you can imagine are having babies – this is the safety of modern obstetrics. … We have women who have never been out of a wheelchair in their lives with their spinal deformities, their spina bifida; women who have heart-valve transplants, or have … steel ball valves –replacing normal heart valves; women who have artificial kidneys; women who have a transplanted kidney, women who have all manner of strange disorders, are having babies to fulfil themselves, and this is … the safety of modern obstetrics. And yet, other women, with little or nothing wrong with them are requesting abortion, a therapeutic abortion … because their child represents an inconvenience or nuisance.

Borowski v. The Attorney General of Canada, Transcript of Evidence and Proceedings at Trial, pages 221-222, Regina, Saskatchewan, May, 1983.

A “therapeutic abortion” is an abortion undertaken because of a health risk to the mother. Many times before the legalization of abortion, doctors used health risks as an excuse for doing an abortion on a woman who did not want her baby. Liley points out that there are very few conditions under which pregnancy is so dangerous for a woman that she must have an abortion.

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0.005% of abortions in England were done for risk to woman’s life

The following was cited in “ABORTION A Briefing Book For Canadian Legislators” Campaign Life Coalition NATIONAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE July 2002

“The British Hansard Written Answers of July 1, 1987 discloses that of 2.6 million abortions carried out in England and Wales between 1968 and 1986, 123 (or .005 percent) were performed to save the life of the mother.”

Many doctors, including abortionists, have said that abortion is never needed to save the life of a woman.

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Doctor: we can bring almost all women safely through pregnancy

Dr. David Paintin of St. Mary’s Paddington said, 1n 1986:

“We can manage nearly all pregnancies today, medically. That is, if the woman wants to continue it. Of course, if a woman with a chronic condition such as heart disease or diabetes wants a termination, she will immediately qualify on medical grounds. But if she really wants the baby, we can usually bring her through.”

Mary Kenny Abortion: The Whole Story (London: Quartet Books, 1986) 123-124

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Doctor weighs in on “medical indications” for abortion

From Dr. Arthur O’Leary, an experienced OBGYN:

“In past years I was privileged to have [delivered] countless babies. My father did many before me. Neither of us ever encountered a “medical indication” for abortion. In fact, before 1973 it was medically legal to abort a [pregnant] mother as a life-saving procedure. Records indicate that the total number of abortions done at St. Luke and Cornwall hospitals prior to 1973 was one.”

“Cardinal’s Death Brings New Life” Washington Watch-News Watch , January 2, 1997

More doctors talk about how abortion is rarely or never needed to save a woman’s life.

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Canadian doctor: No medical reasons for abortion

Edward Kryn, MD, wrote a letter to Alliance for Life Ontario, November 3, 1995 on whether abortion is ever needed to save a mother’s life

“[I] would like to confirm in writing that today with the advanced state of medicine in Canada, there does not exist a medical reason for an abortion. One must understand that some treatments rarely undertaken to save the life of the mother have the unintentional effect of causing the child in the uterus to die, but these circumstances do not constitute an abortion – medically or morally.”

Quoted in “ABORTION A Briefing Book For Canadian Legislators” Campaign Life Coalition NATIONAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE July 2002

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National Medical Association President: Women don’t die from lack of abortions

Williams Jasper, Jr., M.D, Bernard Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, Past President of the National Medical Association, talks about why abortions are not needed to save women’s lives:

“Since 1953, I have never seen a patient die who died because she needed an abortion and it could not be performed…Doctors now have tools and the knowledge with which to work so that they can handle almost any disease a patient may have, whether the patient is pregnant or not, and without interrupting the pregnancy.”

This statement was made in 1981

“ABORTION A Briefing Book For Canadian Legislators” Campaign Life Coalition NATIONAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE July 2002

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Doctors able to manage health complications without abortion

Dr. Roy S Hefferan of Tufts University to the Congress of the American College of Surgeons, on “therapeutic abortions” i.e. abortions to save or prolong a woman’s life.

“Anyone who performs a therapeutic abortion either is ignorant of modern methods of treating the complications of pregnancy or is unwilling to take the time to use them.”

John Grady Abortion: Yes or No? (TAN Books, 1993) Kindle edition

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Doctor comments on abortions to save the mother’s life

From a doctor, writing in 1976:

“After many years working several large gynecological hospitals, I have never yet seen a woman’s life in danger, necessitating an abortion. I have seen 2 extremely sick women offered abortions because of serious heart–lung disease; both refused, and both delivered normal children, normally. When a doctor declares that the patient’s life is in danger because of a pregnancy and an associated disease, that is his clinical opinion. There is no absolute indication for a legal abortion in such circumstances.”

M Harry “A Critical Evaluation of Legal Abortion” World Med J 23(6):83-85, 1976

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3rd trimester abortion to save a woman’s life?

Dr. Anthony Levantino, former abortionist, explains how abortion in the third trimester is never needed to save a woman’s life. He explains that abortion this late requires three days to perform- the cervix must be dilated over a period three days. He explains:

“In cases where a pregnancy places a woman in danger of death or grave physical injury, a doctor more often than not doesn’t have 36 hours, much less 72 hours, to resolve the problem. Let me illustrate with a real-life case that I managed while at the Albany Medical Center. A patient arrived one night at 28 weeks gestation with severe pre-eclampsia or toxemia. Her blood pressure on admission was 220/160. A normal blood pressure is approximately 120/80. This patient’s pregnancy was a threat to her life and the life of her unborn child. She could very well be minutes or hours away from a major stroke. This case was managed successfully by rapidly stabilizing the patient’s blood pressure and “terminating” her pregnancy by Cesarean section. She and her baby did well. This is a typical case in the world of high-risk obstetrics. In most such cases, any attempt to perform an abortion “to save the mother’s life” would entail undue and dangerous delay in providing appropriate, truly life-saving care. During my time at Albany Medical Center I managed hundreds of such cases by “terminating” pregnancies to save mother’s lives. In all those cases, the number of unborn children that I had to deliberately kill was zero.”

John Jalsevac “The most heartrending abortion testimony you’ll ever hear, from a former abortionist” LifeSiteNews May 29, 2012

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Planned Parenthood medical director: Mother’s life “hardly ever” threatened by pregnancy

Mary Calderone, medical director of Planned Parenthood, said the following in 1960:

“Medically speaking, that is, from the point of view of diseases of the various systems, cardiac, genitourinary, and so on, it’s hardly ever necessary today to consider the life of the mother as threatened by a pregnancy.”

Mary Calderone “Illegal Abortion As a Public Health Problem,” American Journal of Pub. Health 50 1960): 948 – 949 Quoted inClarke D Forsythe Abuse of Discretion: the inside Story of Roe Versus Wade (New York: Encounter Books, 2013)

In 1960, Mary Calderon was campaigning to make abortion legal. The fact that even in a work dedicated to promoting abortion, she admits that pregnancy was very rarely a danger to a woman’s life is very telling. It is very rare for a situation to arise where abortion is needed to save a woman’s life – it was rare in 1960, and it’s even more rare today. While very few pro-lifers would say that a woman should not be allowed to have an abortion in such a case, the argument “to save the life of the mother” should not be used as a wedge for abortion on demand.

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