Though never safe for the baby, the abortion industry insists that abortions are one of the safest medical procedures women can have.
On Friday, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine published the report, “The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States,” which claims abortions are “safe” and virtually risk-free.
The researchers contend that serious complications from abortions are “rare,” and blame laws that regulate abortions for “creat[ing] barriers to safe and effective care.”
Despite numerous studies to the contrary, they claimed “that having an abortion does not increase a woman’s risk of secondary infertility, pregnancy-related hypertensive disorders, preterm birth, breast cancer, or mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder.” They did admit that abortions may increase future preterm births in very limited circumstances.
The researchers also jumped on the pro-abortion bandwagon to allow non-doctors to abort unborn babies.
[It] concludes that the strict requirements on how doctors can administer mifepristone [the abortion pill] may need review. The researchers say the rules may be erecting unnecessary barriers.
The report also says nurse practitioners and physician assistants can perform abortions just as safely as physicians.
Also, abortions have no long-term consequences on women’s physical and mental health, the report says.
Pro-life leaders quickly responded with skepticism to the report, hailed as a “landmark study” by NPR.
Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood employee-turned pro-life advocate, said she knows hundreds of women who have suffered physically and emotionally from abortions.
“The new report … fails to look at any medical safety reports from abortion facilities, which indicate a complete lack of focus on basic medical standards like properly cleaning equipment, disinfecting tools, and failure to provide a sanitary environment,” said Johnson, now president of And Then There Were None.
“An effective abortion always ends the life of a human being and many more lives are adversely affected in the long run. I’ve personally witnessed hundreds of former abortion workers deal with the terrible emotional and physical repercussions of their time spent in the abortion industry,” she said.
Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, wondered how the researchers determined that abortions are safe when there are no national abortion reporting requirements.
“… we only know what abortionists want to tell us,” Hawkins said. “As any good reporter knows, you need multiple sources to verify a story. What we have is the word of abortion partisans, and not real, verifiable data.”
Hawkins continued: “If abortion is so safe, then let’s have a national abortion reporting law that tracks all abortions and all abortion outcomes. Instead, what we keep getting from the abortion lobby is ‘trust, but never verify.’ That’s not going to work for us anymore.”
The study was sponsored by the Grove Foundation, The JPB Foundation, Packard Foundation, Susan Thompson Buffet Foundation, Tara Health Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Source: Life News