By Marie Smith
Pro-abortion agitators are again using September 28 as the so-called Global Day of Access for Safe & Legal Abortion promoting access to abortion with staged activities in select cities around the world and online, #Sept28.
Organized by the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion, affiliated NGOs [Non-Governmental Agencies] have planned events to influence policy makers and as they call for “universal access to safe abortion” and for “the decriminalization of abortion around the world” with a “moratorium on prosecutions of women who have had abortions and safe abortion providers.”
Last month the Campaign sent a letter to the UN Secretary General [Ban Ki-moon] and other heads of UN agencies requesting that the United Nations recognize September 28 as an official UN Global Day of Access for Safe & Legal Abortion.
The Campaign Statement in Celebration of International Safe Abortion Day, 28 September 2016 begins by equating legal protections against abortion with slavery stating, “To force women to have children they do not wish to have, however, is a form of slavery and of violence against women”. …
The NGOs in the Campaign, including PPFA, IPPF, Ipas, Marie Stopes International, International Women’s Health Coalition, Pathfinder, ACLU, and Catholics for Choice, express frustration at the lack of change in abortion laws stating that “countries where abortion is legally restricted are dragging their feet or even going backwards when right-wing parties have taken control of government”.
Pro-abortion activists have long been stymied by religious belief in the sanctity of life which forms an often impenetrable defensive barricade against the legalization of abortion, especially in developing countries where religion has the greatest influence. In 2009, Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, then UNFPA Executive Director, voiced her frustration about religion during a speech in Oslo:
“I believe that religion is the final frontier in our work to promote human rights, including the rights of women and the right to sexual and reproductive health. …
The Campaign Statement bemoans the fact that religious leaders are still able to influence laws and policies; it explains efforts to increase access to abortion:
“Yet as soon as a government takes steps to alleviate this situation through proposals for law reform, even minimal ones that will affect only a small number of women, or proposes guidelines for implementing their current laws less restrictively, a brigade of conservative religious and others comes on the scene and seeks to block change. The pressure behind the scenes from conservative religious and right-wing parties is often enormous. Governments become timid…”
The statement is also filled with outrageous charges including, “We are beginning to see support for the criminalisation of women who have had a miscarriage or a stillbirth, that is, any pregnancy that does not result in a living child. This is an appalling new form of blame.”
A special venom laced with lies is directed at the pro-life movement, a movement that is filled with individuals who selflessly help women facing unexpected pregnancies with love, compassion and practical resources and who are known to care equally for and help children after birth:
“The anti-abortion movement has changed a great deal over the past decades. From a movement that used to try and convince everyone that abortion was wrong, they have morphed into a group who want to convince people that a fertilised egg has more value and more right to protection than a living person. They talk about vulnerability, but they never call for nor put their considerable energy or resources into improving the lives of living children, millions of whom have very precarious lives and are very vulnerable indeed. Moreover, they completely discount women’s deaths and suffering from unsafe abortion. Nonetheless, in spite of decades of trying, they have failed to convince anyone that making abortion illegal will stop abortion.
“Pregnancy happens in women’s bodies, not in the disembodied womb they portray. They appear not to care about the deaths of women from unsafe abortions, which inevitably lead to the deaths of fertilised eggs, embryos and fetuses as well. Their language often reads like a declaration of holy war against women. Their slogans, calling for protection of the so-called “unborn”, are actually a call to force women to become mothers at the whim of their own biology…How do they seek to achieve their aims? They work for the criminalisation of women who have had abortions, that is, to make up to one in three women in the world a criminal, and they imprison women who are poor and have no recourse to private doctors or legal advice. …
The intensity of contempt for the pro-life movement around the world voiced by the Campaign needs to be understood and appreciated not only for its voracious pro-abortion views that present lies as truth but for the potential future influence of the organizations, especially on the next president of the United States.
In March of 2009, during her first months as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton addressed the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Awards Gala and spoke of her vision for the world which included making it more “progressive,” code word for laws allowing broad access to abortion:
“This is a moment of such great peril and promise for America. At the end of the next four years, I hope that we’ll be able to look around the world and see that it is more peaceful, more prosperous, more progressive, and that, in particular, women’s voices will be heard at every place where important decisions are made, and that organizations like Planned Parenthood will be our partners. I know that this is a mission that you’re more than ready to take on. Thank you all very, very much.”
The positioning of Planned Parenthood as a key U.S. partner globally, along with other organizations in the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion, and the potential enabling of their pro-abortion activism by the next president of the U.S. requires contemplation and soul searching by all voters in the USA who believe in the protection of unborn children and their mothers from the violence of abortion.
The Campaign arguably claims that 56.3 million abortions take place globally each year and yet it seeks to increase access to abortion as does the Democratic Party Platform which states:
“…we believe that safe abortion must be part of comprehensive maternal and women’s health care and included as part of America’s global health programming. Therefore, we support the repeal of harmful restrictions that obstruct women’s access to health care information and services, including the “global gag rule” and the Helms Amendment that bars U.S. assistance to provide safe, legal abortion throughout the developing world.”
As pro-abortion activists unite on September 28 in pursuit of universal access to abortion their vision for the future is expressed by the Campaign: “…a shared vision for the future is forming: a world where all women and girls can fulfill their right to safe, legal abortion and be empowered to make their own choices about their reproductive health.”
We hope and pray for a different future–one which respects, loves and cares for the lives of all, from conception to natural death; a future in which unborn children are universally protected in law and welcomed at birth.
We envision a world where mothers and their children not only survive pregnancy and childbirth but thrive in the months and years that follow and where no mother is told that aborting her child will solve her problems.
Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post that appeared at the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues.