Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Abortion & Women on waves

I found this interesting site Women on waves.

Women on Waves is a non-profit organization concerned with women's rights. Its mission is to prevent unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortions throughout the world.

I am very much pro-choice and can hardly fathom how someone could think forced childbirth is the solution to unwanted pregnancies. In fact, I am pro-abortion for some people. It seems only the poor and the dumb keep popping out children. That and Mormons… and Catholics…and teenagers who want to get on talk shows…

See my point?

I found some of the facts on the site especially interesting since we seem to shriek like a dying banshee whenever someone even looks at our reproductive rights with the glint of reform in their eyes. Even though abortion rights are becoming an issue in some states, I couldn’t believe the amount of countries that have such restrictive reproductive rights for woman.

Here is a world view:

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RED: Abortion illegal in all circumstances or permitted only to save a woman's life.
PINK: Abortion legally permitted only to save a woman's life or protect her physical health.
YELLOW: Abortion legally permitted only to protect mental health.
BLUE: Abortion legally permitted on socioeconomic grounds
WHITE: Abortion on request


Red countries:
Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Gustamala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nigaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Venezuela, Angola, Benin, Central African Rep.Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Dem. Rep. of Congo, Gabon, Guinea- Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Mauretania, Mauritius, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Sudan (r), Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Malta.

Pink countries:
Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Kuwait, Morocco, Saudi Arabi, Pakistan, South Korea, Thailand, Poland

Here are some facts they have about abortion:

• Worldwide more than 1/3 of all pregnancies are unplanned.
• Every year nearly 1/4 of all pregnant women worldwide choose to have an abortion (circa 42 million annually).
• Approximately 25% of the world population lives in countries with highly restrictive abortion laws, mostly in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
• The legal status of abortion makes little difference to overall levels of the estimated abortion incidence (making it illegal does not reduce the number of abortions).
• Where illegal, it is primarily women without financial means who take recourse to unsafe abortion methods, resulting in the death of a woman every 8 minutes.
• 20 million of the 42 million abortions performed annually are unsafe resulting in approximately 70,000 deaths each year due to infection, hemorrhages, uterine injury and the toxic effects of agents taken to induce abortion.

As with everything, it is the poorer women who are more likely to perform abortions on themselves, and in doing so they run the risk of hospitalization due to complications. Women on waves offers information on how to give a safe self induced abortion by using the drug Misoprostal.

They even made these stickers (below) for people to print out and place in bathrooms or wherever.

I’m thinking about printing them out just to piss off some Mormons. :)

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As usual this comes down to religion and perception. People fear that making abortion legal, increases the amounts of abortions performed. The fact they are completely and utterly wrong holds little bearing in their minds.

Women on waves touched on that very idea:

Rumania provides a unique case study of the factors that influence the use of unsafe abortion: in 1966 legal abortion was restricted and the abortion-related maternal mortality rate increased sharply, ten times higher than the average for the rest of Europe; in 1989 abortion was again made available on request and the number of maternal deaths fell sharply. By contrast the Netherlands has the lowest reported abortion rate because of a non-restrictive abortion law within a comprehensive framework that includes universal sex education in schools and easily accessible family planning services and the provision of emergency contraception. Of the 29,266 abortions performed there in 1997, the complication rate for first trimester treatments was 0,3% with no resulting deaths whatsoever.

Too bad the facts don't mean much in America.

I really admire their goal to get the word out and try to take away some of the social stigma of having an abortion. They feel that if people were more honest about abortion, it would go a long way in changing public opinion.

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I totally agree, but I know it is not the type of thing that would happen in America.

This reminded me of a video clip touching the subject of abortion from The View. I think what Whoopi says is honest and completely right. Again, I wish Elizabeth would throw herself of a cliff.



On a side note, I find it interesting that so many of the same people who claim the government should stay out of our lives are also anti-choice. Huh, seems the government should be involved in only the ways right wing conservatives agree with.

Anyhoo, check out the site before I open another can of worms. It rocks. :)

"It’s estimated that 50% of all human conceptions end in spontaneous abortion. 20% of all regular recognized pregnancies end in a miscarriage. If god exists, he is the most prolific abortionist of all." –Letter to a Christian Nation

2 comments:

  1. I love the quote at the end. ;) But what are the green countries?

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  2. I’m not exactly sure. Lol

    I know it says without restriction and some percentage of women but I can’t read it.

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