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WHAT IS ABORTION ?

The general term "abortion" has traditionally meant the intentional or unintentional expulsion of the preborn child from the uterus before he or she reached the age of viability. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), the United Nations World Health Organization (UNWHO), the American Medical Association (AMA), The American College Of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ACOG) and other pro abortion organizations now falsely define pregnancy as begining at implantation and not at fertilization. In this manner these groups claim that abortifacient drugs and devices such as the birth control pill and the IUD do not cause early abortions, because they say that a pregnancy does not exist before actual implantation.

The Catholic Church teaches that abortion is not only " the expulsion of the immature fetus" but is also "the killing of the same fetus in any way and at any time from the moment of conception to birth" The expulsion of the fetus spontaneously from the uterus is know as spontaneous abortion or miscarriage and the expulsion of the fetus from the uterus done intentionally is known as induced abortion. More innocent lives are lost due to induced abortion today.

HISTORY

Attitudes towards abortion varied greatly in ancient societies. Assyrian law required impalement for a woman who aborted her baby. But in the Roman Empire, at the time of Jesus, abortion was considered routine. The Greek Philosopher Plato (428 - 348 BC) thought abortion was useful in the ideal state. And his student Aristotle (384 - 322 BC) approved it as a method of population control, a reason also given today. Infanticide was even sanctioned in Rome and Greece.

ABORTION LAWS

  1. Abortion is legally permitted only to save a woman's life or protect her physical health.
  2. Abortion is also allowed in cases of rape (r).
  3. Abortion is also allowed in cases of fetal impairment (f).

These are the countries where abortion is most restricted according to the law.

The Americas and the Caribbean.

Argentina (r)

Chile

Haiti

Paraguay

Bolivia (r)

Dominican Republic

Honduras

Peru

Brazil (r)

Ecuador (r)

Mexico (r)

Uruguay (r)

Colombia

El Salvador

Nicaragua

Venezuela

Costa Rica

Guatemala

Panama (r, f)

 

Sub Saharan Africa

Angola

Ivory Coast

Lesotho

Nigeria

Benin

Dem. Rep. of Congo

Madagascar

Rwanda

Burkina Faso (r)

Eritrea

Mali

Senegal

Burundi

Ethiopia

Malawi

Somalia

Cameroon (r)

Gabon

Mauritania

Tanzania

Central African Rep

Guinea

Mauritius

Togo

Chad

Guinea-Bissau

Mozambique

Uganda

Congo (f)

Kenya

Niger

Zimbabwe (r, f)

Asia and Pacific

Bangladesh

Myanmar

Papua New Guinea

S. Korea (r, f)

Indonesia

Nepal

Philippines

Thailand (r)

Laos

Pakistan

Sri Lanka

 

Europe

Ireland

Poland (r, f)

Malta

Portugal

Mauritius
Any person who, by any food, drink, medicine, or by violence, or by any other means procures the miscarriage of any woman quick with child, or supplies the means of procuring such miscarriage, whether the woman consents or not, shall be punished by penal servitude for a term not exceeding 10 years.

Nepal
It is among those four percent of countries where abortion is illegal even if pregnancy is a threat to the mother's health or life. That is why no hospitals in Nepal perform abortions even as a medical procedure and for this reason women are forced to seek other methods. In Nepal, about 4000 women die each year due to illegal abortions. It comes under the definition of "homicide" so that women go to jail in case abortion is proved.

In addition to imprisonment, the sentence may also include the confiscation of all the woman's property. Penalty for the termination of up to sixth month pregnancy is 2 years imprisonment and for pregnancy above six months, is 3 years imprisonment. The punishment for infanticide is life imprisonment and confiscation of property. The legal definition of abortion that links it to homicide is seen in a new light: "Bizarrely, if a woman kills her rapist within one hour of the assault, she receives legal immunity - but she goes to jail if she terminates a pregnancy resulting from the same attack". Ironically, not a single man has been punished for abortion in Nepalese legal history. Most of the time, pregnancies are terminated in the villages in a very brutal manner. A stick with mud or cow dung and sometimes even poisonous grass is inserted inside the vagina to induce the contraction of the uterus and cause the fetus to be expelled. Sometimes the abdomen of the pregnant woman is massaged with the hand or the feet so that the fetus is expelled. One can easily imagine the condition and suffering of those women who have to suffer such a "procedure".

WORLD-WIDE STATISTICS ON ABORTION:

210 million women world-wide become pregnant each year.
80 million are unplanned pregnancies.
20 million result in abortions.
Pregnancy related causes, kill 5,85,000 women each year.

WHO IS AN ABORTIONIST ?

The current definition of "abortionist" used by the medical profession is one who performs criminal abortions (illegal abortions). However, the logical, truthful and complete definition of "Abortionist" is anyone who commits direct surgical or chemical abortions, legal or illegal, whether they be a medical doctor, nurse, midwife or a layperson.

 

 

 


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