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Sunday, June 27, 2010

When "pro-choice" is more than merely a choice

According to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, we just can't help poor children around the world. No. That would be assistance without pushing her preferred ideology and we can't have that now, can we? Instead we have to push for unfettered access to the death of prenats and then deal with the consequences afterward. NRO's Greg Pfundstein and Anna Halpine report...

"On the agenda at the G8 summit in Canada is promoting maternal and infant health in the poorest parts of the globe. The high rates of maternal and infant mortality in many countries are an impediment to democracy and social development, to say nothing of a human tragedy for these communities. Commitments of resources from the G8 countries to address these problems should be welcomed and commended. Why, then, is the Obama delegation threatening to derail these agreements?

The numbers are shocking: In Sierra Leone, 16 percent of all infants perish, and 28 percent of all children die before they reach the age of five. In thirteen countries in sub-Saharan Africa, more than 1,000 women die in childbirth for every 100,000 live births. In Afghanistan, one in eight women will die as a result of bearing children. All in all, 99 percent of maternal deaths worldwide occur in developing countries.

There is good news: Much can be done, and much has been done, to bring these numbers down. This spring, The Lancet published a new study that demonstrated significant progress in reducing maternal deaths. The article announced that worldwide, maternal death figures are on the decline; rates have fallen from 526,300 in 1980 to 342,900 in 2008. The reasons for the reduction in maternal deaths are many, including lower pregnancy rates for some countries, greater access to education, improved access to nutrition and health care, and the increasing number of skilled birth attendants. Abortion has not been identified as a factor in the reduction of maternal deaths. A study on the question was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and at the recent Women Deliver conference, Melinda Gates pledged a further $1.5 billion for maternal health, specifying that no funding would be provided for abortion."

But of course, such 'free thinking' runs smack into the face of "progress" as defined by a far-leftist agenda where abortion is viewed as a detached "answer" to the "problem". The "problem" of course is the only entirely innocent party in the consideration of such matters, the recently conceived child....

"one would expect there to be universal support for Canada’s leadership in taking on these problems and working to meet these critical needs. But the Obama administration is obstructing this positive consensus. Hillary Clinton, when asked about Canada’s G8 plan to address infant and maternal health in the developing world, said the following: “You cannot have maternal health without reproductive health. And reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortion.”

It is surprising that Hillary Clinton would insist on funding for abortion and risk derailing an initiative that is poised to generate unprecedented commitments in both the private and public sectors. It is especially surprising considering the body of recent scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of various straightforward, uncontroversial, and achievable means to reduce maternal and infant mortality."

You see people? Bottom line, we have to kill kids. Period. There's a greater good to be done by the massacre of the innocents than by giving food aid to poor single mothers. Scumbags. I spit on all of them.


Tracy said...

I feel so sad and frustrated when I read this. Hillary and I really don't see the world the same way. I think the G8 plan as a good thing and am grateful that ill and Melinda Gates Foundation is donating all that money to assist with maternal health needs.

photogr said...

I don't go along with abortions. Contraceptives ok.

Right now I don't think we are in a position the be the world's financial assistance company dealing with these issues or dictating a solution. It would seem to me what assistance we do dish out goes directly to the leaders of the thrid world countries to live lavishly while their people continue to suffer.

Considering no real attention is being paid to the crisis many Americans are faced with now ( unemployment,home forclosures, evictions, homeless, and lack of real job opportunities), Washington might do well to redirect their priorities at home first.

Would have been nice to see the majority of the so called stimulus money being spent on our own citiens, not failing manufacturers, banks, and Wall Street investment companies where the CEO's got big bonuses.

Seems to me they made out like bandits at our expense while we suffer.

Flute said...

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, I'm not going to speak for what Canada decides, but I will say that I've worked in this area for many years. And if we're talking about maternal health, you cannot have maternal health without reproductive health. And reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortion.

Obviously, the extraordinary rate of maternal deaths that still occur in our world in countries where women do not have access to family planning remains a great tragedy. I've also been very involved in promoting family planning and contraception as a way to prevent abortion. If you are concerned about abortion, then women should have access to family planning.

And finally, I do not think governments should be involved in making these decisions. It is perfectly legitimate for people to hold their own personal views based on conscience, religion, or any other basis. But I've always believed that the government should not intervene in decisions of such intimacy. And we can see through history what happens when governments do. When governments have a policy of one child, as China has had, and where that policy is implemented by forced abortions, that is abhorrent. And when governments like the communist government in Romania had policies promoting five children per women, which denied women the opportunity to plan their own families, the result was a tragic problem with children being given up and being put into orphanages.

So this is an issue of great concern to me and to my government, and we are promoting a global health initiative that will emphasize maternal and child health, and we are promoting a greater access to contraception—both male and female contraception - and we are also looking for ways to make women's choices so that they can avoid abortion—more realistic by providing support for them.

JD Curtis said...

WAY too much liberal claptrap to justify her 5 years MIN. Flute. IMHO.

The Maryland Crustacean said...

It used to be that the USA took leadership in the G8 in such matters. Now we are the obstructionist. Good for Canada for taking up the mantle, at least in this case.