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Women’s health is so much more than abortion

by | May 28, 2024

Biden admin calls for unlimited access during Women’s Healthcare Week

By Olivia Gans Turner, President of the Virginia Society for Human Life

Editor’s note. This appeared in the Washington Times.

The Biden White House issued a proclamation that declared National Women’s Health Week the week of May 12-18. Curiously, the statement called for unlimited abortion access as part of women’s health care.

Celebrating motherhood and women’s health in the same week seems logical, but the logic is twisted by the current debate about abortion. The argument that abortion is critical to women’s health is a masterful stroke of manipulation — manipulation of truth and the facts of life. Specifically, the fact that every abortion requires the death of a woman’s child, who may also be female.

Women’s health is a critical matter that is not advanced by exposing women to the risks of surgical or chemical abortion. Instead, it is a recipe for danger. Risks include damage to the cervix, hemorrhaging, uterine perforation, heart attack and breast cancer. These are only a few of the complications women have incurred over the last 50 years.

Chemical abortions using mifepristone and misoprostol, which have become the most common form of abortion in the United States, have been linked to 32 deaths in this country. The Food and Drug Administration warns that these abortion drugs have the potential to send 1 in 25 women to the emergency room. In studies from other countries that still track complications, unlike the FDA, the number of women who go to the emergency room after taking these drugs is estimated to be as many as 1 in 10.

Treating abortion as a necessary element of women’s health care denies women better care that addresses the real medical problems they may face. It also continues to ignore that every abortion involves a dead baby who also deserves better respect and real health care.

How have we come to this point in time when ending the life of a child before birth is accepted by so many as necessary to provide that child’s mother with health care? It has been a long, sad saga of slogans, half-truths and outright lies designed to market abortion as an essential part of being a woman. Never mind that legalized abortion allowed our society to ignore and avoid the bigger issues that so often make women believe abortion is a necessary evil in our lives. Most abortions have always been, and continue to be, because of a lack of support systems in place for women.

Far too often, the focus of the debate about women’s health centers on reproductive questions, with the conclusion being that women need easier access to abortion. More abortions do not solve maternal health problems. In fact, abortions may very well be the reason more women are experiencing poor maternal health results.

There is no doubt that it is essential to expand the ability of all women to get better health care, especially marginalized women and girls. Along with maternal health care, greater focus needs to be placed on the many areas of care that too often get ignored or sidelined in these communities. Issues such as poor nutrition, autoimmune diseases, heart conditions and stroke, osteoporosis, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease are among the health issues that need more attention.

In 2021, then-Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration released an agenda addressing maternal health concerns. The stated goal was to reduce the high rate of maternal mortality among Black women and other women of color. It also proposed steps to eliminate racial disparities in treatment in Virginia.

While the goals were laudable, the outcome of the task force was questionable. Input was sought from many stakeholders, including the largest abortion business in Virginia, Planned Parenthood, but glaringly absent were advocates for women who organize programs that offer free support for pregnant women to have their children. The report cites the cost of medical care yet makes no mention of the over 40 free programs available across Virginia to help women in need of such assistance.

Similar programs exist across the United States and should be acknowledged for their important work. Instead, efforts are being made in some states to close these much-needed educational services.

So, this is a challenge to our society. Will we work harder to make maternal health a priority that sees both mother and child in the picture, or will we allow the abortion promoters to control the conversation?

There is money to be made when they convince women that abortion is in their interest. That is why they want to control the narrative and have become so clever at doing it.

Are we ready to face the fact that maternal health must be defined as a mother and her unborn child who are both in need of answers that protect and assist them? It’s 2024, and we are still far from that goal. Let’s demand better for every mother and child.

Categories: Pro-Lifers