Skip to comments.Bishops' Spokeswoman Criticizes New Guttmacher Study Calling For Global Promotion of Abortion
Posted on 10/28/2007 5:25:14 PM PDT by Coleus
Deirdre A. McQuade, an official of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), criticized a study by researchers from the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization published in the October 13, 2007 issue of The Lancet, calling for the global legalization and promotion of abortion, Induced Abortion: Estimated Rates and Trends Worldwide.
Some say the new Guttmacher study shows that legalizing abortions makes them safe; but the study's methodology is flawed. The authors start out by simply defining safe abortions as those that meet legal requirements' in countries with permissive laws, said Ms. McQuade. But by this unusual definition, legal abortions are 'safe' even if they kill women as well as their unborn children. The authors then say that illegal abortions are harmful even when women experience no medical complications because women have to violate the law. This is a closed semantic circle into which no fact about real-life women can intrude.
An accompanying Lancet editorial says the worldwide abortion situation has been worsened by the United States Mexico City policy. But the study says that total worldwide abortions substantially decreased from 1995 (when the policy was not in effect) to 2003 (after it was reinstated), Ms. McQuade continued.
Lost in the authors ideological fog is the fact that abortion always kills; legal or illegal, it sometimes also kills women, especially when they are poor and have a terrible health care system. Promoting more abortions will not change this. Rather than pitting women and their children against each other, we need to stand in solidarity with both and focus on improving the quality of global health care, Ms. McQuade said.
Urge Congress to Support the Mexico City Policy
The Mexico City Policy (MCP) provides that no U.S. population assistance funds can be given to a nongovernmental organization unless it certifies that it will not perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning. The term abortion as a method of family planning does not include abortion to save the mothers life or in cases of rape or incest. Most international family planning groups agree to the policy. Pro-abortion advocates oppose the MCP because they are determined to spread the practice of abortion to Third World countries. The MCP is an administration policy, first set forth by the Reagan Administration in 1984 at a population conference in Mexico City. The policy was overturned by President Clinton in 1993 but reinstated by President Bush in 2001. Abortion advocates have been conducting a campaign to reverse President Bush's action. In 2003 and 2005 the Senate approved an amendment by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) to overturn the MCP. The Boxer Amendment never became law.
However, in 2007, the House of Representatives approved an amendment by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) to negate the MCP, and the Senate again passed the Boxer Amendment. These amendments were attached to the Fiscal Year 2008 State Department/Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2764). That bill has passed both House and Senate and awaits action by conference committee to resolve bill differences. After final approval, the bill goes to President Bush, who has stated that he will veto the bill if it weakens existing pro-life policies. Please urge your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators to uphold the MCP. To find out how your federally elected officials have voted on this issue, please consult Vote Track . Note the 2007 votes: House Key Votes 191 and 193 and Senate Key Votes 136 and 137.
In a letter to Congress, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Chairman of the Bishops' Committee for Pro-Life Activities, highlighted the origins and purpose of the MCP and made four observations: first, abortion does not plan a family but kills a member of the family; second, studies show that promoting contraceptives does not necessarily reduce abortions; third, when made available alongside preventive methods, abortion replaces prevention; and fourth, it is contrary to logic and common sense to say that we can reduce abortions by supporting groups dedicated to promoting abortion. For full text of the letter.
ACTION: Please contact your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators by U.S. mail, FAX letter, e-mail, or phone. Write: U.S. Senate, Washington, DC 20510. Call U.S. Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121, or call a Member's local office. For full contact information, see House and Senate.
MESSAGE: Please support the Mexico City Policy and vote against any bill to overturn it. We cannot reduce abortions by funding organizations that perform and promote abortion.
WHEN: As soon as possible. President Bush has said he will veto H.R. 2764 if it weakens existing pro-life policies. 10/3/07; reissued: 10/18; 10/26
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if you stand outside one of those places long enough, you see and hear enough things to blast the rhetoric and illusions away for good.
Guttmacher and PP are no different from what happened during the state sponsored murder done in Nazi Germany.
The doctors of the 3rd reich sound amazingly like the PP doctors today.
apparently they had screwed up the procedure...
If they collected the money first they did it correctly, nothing can ever go wrong! I’m sure after they call an ambulance they will make sure to pick up her hospital bill.. /s
Click the poster in post #8, there is an interesting quote on the top of the page.