By Rai Rojas
Editor’s note. This appeared in the March digital edition of National Right to Life News. Be sure to read the issue in its entirety and pass stories along to your pro-life friends and family.
Monday was the first day of the United Nations’ two-week long annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). As is the case every other year, hordes of the most radical pro-abortion feminists from around the globe have congregated on the East side of Manhattan to “advance” the status of women.
Inevitably, no matter the real-world crises women may be facing on the international scene, these zealots in New York will push abortion and abortion rights as the great panacea for all the world’s ills. Notably, the sub-theme (there’s always a sub-theme) for this year’s conference is on the plight of indigenous women. Here are some hard truths about the plight of indigenous women in just one Latin American Country.
Guatemala is one of the poorest countries in the world. In fact, it’s the poorest country in Latin America and second most poor in this hemisphere – only the people of Haiti are in greater distress. Seventy-five percent of Guatemalans live below the poverty line, and more than 60% live in what the World Bank deems “extreme poverty.”
Guatemalans are burdened by a high illiteracy rate because as the World Bank also notes, “Many families struggle to provide the basic needs for their families and cannot afford the expenses associated with basic schooling.” Access to health care is so dire the World Health Organization declares that “Preventable diseases often result in death; malnutrition is common among children, and young adults and infant mortality rates are high.” What few government-sponsored “health posts” exist are persistently understaffed with very few medical resources and supplies.
The indigenous women of Guatemala are severely malnourished. Fifty percent of all girl children under the age of 5 show signs of “stunting” – a failure to physically develop at normal rates. Stunting is the most common indicator of chronic malnutrition, and additionally one in four women of child-bearing age suffer from anemia. Most live in shanties made of salvaged materials on dirt floors without toilets or running water.
This week the United Nations may recognize the many reasons for the extreme difficulties the women of Guatemala endure – Income inequality, widespread institutional corruption, living in the aftermath of a bloody and savage 36-year-long civil war and the inability of the government to govern. But they may not directly address the fact that what the women of Guatemala need is access to doctors, schools, adequate health care, potable water and a nutritional safety net.
The women meeting in New York for the next two weeks would be well advised to focus on these needs – but they won’t. They will pay quick lip service to the hungry and destitute and move right on to the fight for the advancement of their pro-abortion agenda. These white European women will sigh and nod their heads that something should be done and move on to laud the actions of other white European women like those who run Women on Waves.
Women On Waves is a publicity driven “nonprofit” organization which claims to help women by providing them dangerous chemical abortions aboard a boat they’ve purchased to do nothing more than dock off of the coast of any given country and ferry women to and from the shore.
Last month Women on Waves came after the women of Guatemala.
Women on Waves was founded by white European women determined to make abortions available to as many brown and black girls as possible. This trip garnered them the publicity they seek, and they also met their unwritten, but most important objective – the promulgation of their agenda and the distribution of their 1-800 phone number.
No matter that their stunt caused the already impoverished country to spend resources they didn’t have on keeping these zealots at bay, or that they disrupted commerce at the port. Their attempt to subvert the sovereign laws of an autonomous state failed – not one woman or child was harmed – but the deadly pro-abortion propaganda is now introduced into the region.
There is also a certain inherent maliciousness in knowingly subjecting weakened, malnourished, anemic young women to a procedure that causes heavy blood loss over periods of days and weeks. By their account, permits, and press-releases, Woman on Waves was only going to be there for five days – what of the girls and women who suffer from complications? These women would have returned to their villages and towns, cramping and bleeding, with no recourse for additional health-care.
Women on Waves would have been holding a press conference congratulating themselves on a successful mission – as women lay bleeding in their shanties. Chemical abortions pose serious health threats to women; four times the rate of immediate complications than from surgical abortions while thirty-three percent of cases of second-trimester women whose pregnancies had been misdiagnosed required surgical intervention. There are no hospitals or medical posts in many regions of Guatemala. How can their claims of having “deep concern” for women’s health ever be taken seriously?
They, like their devotees meeting in New York this month, care more about politicizing abortion by using scare tactics such as inflating maternal mortality deaths and the actual numbers of abortions performed, than about women’s health. They mislead and outright lie to further their agenda. With empirical proof, we know that the legality and availability of abortion have nothing to do with maternal mortality rates.
The evidence doesn’t only suggest, but it completely dismantles the pro-abortion notion that legalized abortion is beneficial to women and that it is imperative to reduce maternal mortality.
The South American nation of Chile has almost the identical abortion laws as Guatemala, and has one of the lowest maternal mortality rates in the world.
What the women of Chile have that the indigenous women of Central America don’t is access to potable water, adequate healthcare, and nutrition. This is what is needed in Guatemala, not toxic abortion drugs.
Women on Waves, or the other ladies meeting in New York won’t fight for these sustainable and reasonable needs because they don’t suit their narrative or grow their bottom line.