Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Pregnancy-Related Deaths Lower in Countries That Restrict Abortion

-- Citizenlink.org

A United Nations Population Division study revealed that the legalization of abortion does not lower the number of deaths associated with pregnancy -- contrary to the longstanding claims of abortion advocates.

According to "The World Mortality Report: 2005," which was published at the start of this year, in countries where abortion is legal, there is a higher rate of maternal mortality than in countries that place restrictions on the procedure.

In Russia, where abortion is legal, the maternal mortality rate is 67 deaths for every 100,000 births. In the U.S., where there are almost no restrictions on abortion, the rate is 17 deaths for every 100,000 births.

Both Ireland and Poland, often criticized for strong restrictions on abortion, have better maternal mortality rates than Russia and the U.S. Ireland has the lowest rate of the four countries with only 5 deaths for every 100,000 births. In Poland, the rate is 13 deaths for every 100,000 births.

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