Posted on | April 22, 2014 by Stefano Gennarini, J.D. |
C-FAM worked with Family Research Council and the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists on a statement delivered during the 47th Session of the Commission on Population and Development by C-FAM’s Wendy Wright. You can watch the statement on the UN’s webcast 30min into the meeting. The UN press office had an excellent summary of the statement:
WENDY WRIGHT, Family Research Council, said the world could not be deceived by those who said that changing abortion laws would improve maternal health. Abortion was estimated to account for less than 15 per cent of maternal deaths. Abortion-related deaths would decrease proportionately with other causes of maternal death if the right improvements to health care were made, regardless of the legal status of abortion. Legalizing abortion did not improve maternal health. It only made it safe for the abortionist, not for the mother and her unborn child. Ireland and Chile were world leaders in maternal health, with lower maternal mortality rates than the United States and other wealthy countries, despite having highly restrictive abortion laws. Legalizing abortion actually endangered the lives of women by exposing them to health risks they would not encounter if they were to carry their pregnancies to term.