… Here’s where the statistic I mentioned above about Poland gets interesting. While the Polish XPT rate has dropped by 21% between 1980-2006, the U.S. preterm birth rate has escalated by 44%. The reason for Poland’s “preemie miracle” can be found in the induced abortion rates for the corresponding years. In 1989 Poland instituted a very restrictive abortion law. In the next four years induced abortion rates went down by 98% per 100 live births. Opponents of the law predicted a health disaster. But not only did the preterm rate decrease, maternal mortality also declined by 41% according to studies reflecting rates from 1995-97, while infant mortality decreased by 25%. You can check out the uncontested research link between “prior first trimester induced abortion” as an “immutable medical risk factor associated with preterm birth” here.
Let me be clear: I am not advocating a repeal of the right to abortion for Canadian women. I am, however, advocating for stricter “informed consent” laws around abortion. Dr Henry Morgentaler is the reason most women in Canada believe that abortion is a risk-free intervention. You will not see XPT birth listed as an elevated risk for a future pregnancy on pro-choice websites or on the consent forms at any Morgentaler clinic nor, to my knowledge, at any other abortion clinic. Indeed, as became clear when, as I reported in a previous column, I sent a “sleuth” to a Morgentaler clinic posing as a woman contemplating an abortion, she was told by a doctor there in no uncertain term: “One, two, three abortions, there are no risks [for future pregnancies].”
If women knew about these and other risks of induced abortion, the only surgical intervention that is routinely performed on women without having been performed first in animal studies, at the very least the rate of multiple abortions would decrease. The benefit to our health care system is obvious: fewer future high-risk pregnancies would immediately reduce pregnancy-related costs and high-tech, labour-intensive care in neo-natal units, not to mention the dramatic decrease in the high lifetime burden of care associated with the stricken children. The emotional costs to the parents of these children are of course incalculable, and any information that would lead to fewer such tragedies should be an outcome all Canadians, including the most fervently pro-choice amongst us, should welcome.
And so, as Dr Morgentaler receives his Order of Canada today, let us reflect on the irony of life. We so often hear the phrase “rush to judgment” when we speak of people charged with a crime they may not have committed. We should also be careful of the “rush to honour” those whose legacy may embarrass us. And here in Quebec City today is, verily, a case in point of a rush to honour I believe will one day prove a cautionary tale for the Order of Canada committee. (Source)
When it’s all said and done and everything comes out, the whole scam of a “woman’s right to reproductive health” will be shown to be nothing but a cover for sexual imperialism and anarchy.
Morgentaler has a nice medal pinned to his jacket right now. Now that the Order of Canada is associated with such an ominous figure in Canadian history, no doubt it will be worth as much as the stocks in the investment banks.