Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Video: Maternal mortality report will challenge pro-abortion orthodoxy

GENEVA, Switzerland – A new report to be released Thursday, May 21, at the 62nd World Health Assembly in Geneva will challenge pro-abortion orthodoxy regarding maternal mortality. The report was created by MCCL Global Outreach (MCCL GO), the international outreach effort of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.

For decades, advocates of abortion on demand have argued that legalized abortion is the only effective means of reducing maternal mortality in the developing world. The MCCL GO report analyzes data from around the world and reaches a very different conclusion.

“MCCL GO is excited to release this report in Geneva after months of preparation,” said MCCL GO Executive Director Scott Fischbach. “Our analysis has the potential to redirect the conversation and international resources toward truly effectual ways of saving women’s lives.”

The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the governing body of the World Health Organization (WHO). One of the key issues to be addressed in Geneva is U.N. Millennium Development Goal 5—to improve maternal health. Maternal mortality is a serious problem in the developing world and is often associated with childbirth and abortion. This issue has been placed under the category of “reproductive health.” MCCL GO and other pro-life non-governmental organizations have worked hard to prevent “reproductive health” from including abortion.

“WHA delegates in Geneva will make decisions that will have long-lasting implications,” Fischbach said. “MCCL GO is hopeful that our efforts to provide this vital information about reducing maternal mortality will save the lives of hundreds of thousands of woman and unborn children every year across the globe.”