ON BOKO HARAM AND CHIBOK GIRLS
Abortion is an ill-informed public health initiative which will actually increase death rates among women/girls released from Sambisa forest rather than reduce them. The National Research and Development Center for Welfare and Health in Finland reported that 94 percent of deaths associated with abortion (in the first year alone) are being missed in national data reports on abortion. The same researchers found that women are four times more likely to die in the year following abortion than women who give birth. Similar findings were reported in a record-based study of California women. These data from both the United States and Finland — studies that clearly show that abortion is associated with significantly higher mortality than both childbirth and not being pregnant should be given importance.
For a complete review of the literature on mortality rates related to abortion and childbirth, readers should study “Deaths Associated With Abortion Compared to Childbirth: A Review of New and Old Data and the Medical and Legal Implications.” It is known that a single induced abortion increases the risk of maternal death by 45 percent compared to women with no history of abortion, according to a new study of all women of reproductive age in Denmark over a 25 year period.
Women with a history of successful deliveries were the least likely to die during the 25 years examined. The earlier study was limited to comparing mortality rates following only the first pregnancy outcome. It found that abortion of a first pregnancy was associated with a higher rate of death compared to death rates among women who delivered a first pregnancy. The higher death rate among women who had abortions persisted for each of the first ten years following the first pregnancy outcome.
“We knew from our previous studies of low income women in California those women who have multiple pregnancy outcomes, such as having a history of both abortion and miscarriage, have significantly different mortality rates,” Reardon said. “But this new study is the first to examine how each experience with abortion or miscarriage contributes to higher mortality rates.” This is called a “dose effect” because “each exposure, or ‘dose,’ is seen to produce more of the same effect, which is what one would expect if there is a cause-effect relationship,” Reardon explained. A new population study from Finland, for example, has found that abortion is associated with higher rates of preterm delivery, low birth weight delivery, and perinatal deaths in subsequent pregnancies.
The leading causes of abortion related maternal deaths within a week of the surgery are hemorrhage, infection, embolism, anesthesia, and undiagnosed ectopic pregnancies. Legal abortion is reported as the fifth leading cause of maternal death in the United States, though in fact it is recognized that most abortion-related deaths are not officially reported as such.
Huge amount of work need to be done to protect civilians, resolve the humanitarian crisis and begin the healing process. UNFPA is confusing issues with their ambiguous offering of help. Our Society “Can and Must” Offer Pregnant Women Better Alternatives. No matter the circumstances surrounding their pregnancies, the Boko Haram victims need us to support them in an authentic way and not increase their trauma by offering them abortion as a solution. UNFPA has denied offering abortion yet Guardian newspaper of July 1st carries an article substantiating their request. Please can UNFPA clearly take a stand on this issue.
Abortion is a none-solution. If the world condemns Boko Haram it is because they use death to solve their problems with the society. How does death by abortion to mothers and their unborn children differ from the Boko Haram modus operandi? UNFP’s offer is equally a death giver disguised as charity and help.
Dr. Martina Agbo