Forced Pregnancy is A Human Rights Violation

Just Look at The Data:

Restricting access to abortion does not reduce the number of abortions; however, it dramatically affects whether abortions attained are safe.

The World Health Organization reports that nearly half of all abortions are unsafe, and developing countries bear the burden of 97% of these unsafe abortions. Globally, unsafe abortions account for 4.7–13.2% of all maternal deaths, disproportionately affecting people in developing regions. Imagine how these numbers will increase with the current attack on Reproductive health Care in the United States.

Moreover, each year an estimated 7 million women in developing countries are treated in hospital facilities for complications from unsafe abortion. A disproportionate share of resources is used for post-abortion care: in developing countries, treatments of complications of unsafe abortion cost health systems US$ 553 million per year, while households experience US$ 922 million in income loss due to disabilities. (9)

A Horrifying Running List of the First US Victims:

  • 10 year old rape victim in Ohio traveled to Indiana to receive abortion care. National Right To Life general counsel states that under their legislation “She would have had the baby, and as many women who have had babies as a result of rape, we would hope that she would understand the reason and ultimately the benefit of having the child,” Bopp said in a phone interview on Thursday. (2)

  • 16 year old parentless teen deemed "too immature" to have an abortion in Florida. Florida bans abortion at 15 weeks and minors must have parental consent. A pregnant and parentless 16-year-old who was at the time 10 weeks pregnant sought a “judicial bypass” which allows for a judge to waive the parental consent requirement. The judge denied the the bypass request on the grounds that the teen wasn’t “sufficiently mature enough to decide whether to terminate the pregnancy”. You read that right. She was deemed to immature to decide to have an abortion, but mature enough to have a baby. (3)

  • Pregnant Texas woman with ruptured membranes denied emergency medical care: (4)

  • Louisiana woman denied abortion care after ultrasound showed the fetus without a skull and missing part of it’s head; a rare and fatal condition called acrania. (5)

How Bans On Abortion Later In Pregnancy Hurt People

Nearly 99 percent of abortions occur before 21 weeks, but when they are needed later in pregnancy, it’s often in very complex circumstances — the kind of situations where a woman and her doctor need every medical option available.

In fact, abortions later in pregnancy may involve rare, severe fetal abnormalities and serious risks to the woman’s health.

Read the stories of women who had to make the decision to end their pregnancies — a decision that would be taken away with bans on abortion later in pregnancy. (6)

A study from two Dallas hospitals reported on 28 patients whose water broke or who had other serious complications before 22 weeks’ gestation, and who, because of Texas laws, didn’t receive medical intervention until there was an “immediate threat” to their lives or fetal cardiac activity stopped. On average, the patients waited nine days, and 57 percent ended up with serious infections or other medical problems, the report said. Another article, in the New England Journal of Medicine, said similar patients returned with signs of sepsis after doctors or hospitals decided Texas’s abortion law prevented them from intervening earlier. (7)

Long Term Health Consequences of Mandated Pregnancy & Birth

The Turnaway Study is ANSIRH’s prospective longitudinal study examining the effects of unwanted pregnancy on women’s lives. The major aim of the study is to describe the mental health, physical health, and socioeconomic consequences of receiving an abortion compared to carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term. (8)










***Elle Gallo is a Mom, a small business owner, PTA President, Human Rights Activist and Community Organizer & currently a first-time candidate for State Representative from Derry, NH who announced her candidacy the night of the Supreme Court leak re: Roe. "This has always been the hill I would die on." ***
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