Every time we try to talk about the rights of the unborn, the Left throws up the “wah wah you don’t care about the mother’s life” argument.
Wrong. We would care … if it were an issue. The thing is … it’s not.
First of all, such procedures are surpassingly rare.
- Between 1967 and 1990, only 151 abortions were carried out allegedly to “save the mother’s life.” This amounted to 0.004% of all abortions.
Secondly, even these few may have been done for spurious reasons. In 1992, a group of Ireland’s top gynecologists wrote:
“We affirm that there are no medical circumstances justifying direct abortion, that is, no circumstances in which the life of a mother may only be saved by directly terminating the life of her unborn child.”
There is firm data to support their position.
- Irish law protects the unborn child as a person under the law, not as property like a car or a dog or a slave that can be legally disposed of as the owner chooses. Ireland has the lowest maternal death rate in the world.
- Between 1970 and 1979, 21 pregnant women died at Ireland’s busiest maternity hospital. An examination of their medical records shows that not a single one of those deaths could have been avoided by abortion.
One should understand that treatment to save the life of the mother that results in the death of the child as an expected but not intended side effect is not a direct abortion.
The simplest example of this is the removal of an ectopic pregnancy. In this situation, the baby begins to develop in the woman’s fallopian tube and has to be removed or the tube will rupture and cause the death of the woman.
The ethical distinction in the removal of an ectopic pregnancy is that the aim of the operation is to save the mother. In direct abortion, the aim of the operation is to kill the baby.