Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Trinidad and Tobago and abortion

This morning while listening to the radio I heard about a new group talking about womens right to abortion. In Trinidad? What about the other abortion group: A.S.P.I.R.E.? Well an article on Lifesite website in 2004 mentioned the kind of people that ASPIRE are:

"ASPIRE... admitted they get money from Planned Parenthood for their work. I understand it is in the sum of about US $20,000 a month, that is more than TT$120,000,” explained Leela Ramdeen, an attorney with Lawyers for Jesus during a seminar on "Defending the Unborn” in July (2004). "These people are fighting because they are getting money, so it is worth their while to keep doing these things.”

Brian Clowes of Human Life International told LifeNews.com that he calls ASPIRE members "air-conditioned warriors.”

"The people certainly don’t want abortion in T&T,” explained Clowes. "We have had marches of thousands of people there. The pro-abortionists do not march or demonstrate, because their only supporters are the rich who do not like to get all hot and sweaty. There are no polls taken on abortion, because the power brokers know that they will be outvoted 3 or 4 to one. They do not debate us, because they know they will lose every time.”

The people who advocate for Abortion advises that:

Trinidad and Tobago, which has a population of approximately 1.3 million, has one of the top abortion rates in the world, with roughly 45 out of every 1,000 women ages 15-44 having an abortion. In the U.S., by comparison, approximately 27 women per 1,000 have an abortion.


That number is likely not accurate Dr. Godfrey Rajkumar told the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, as hospitals there report voluntary and spontaneous abortions (miscarriages) simply as "abortions.”

In a Newsday article of May 2010, written by Suzanne Shephard, Suzanne talks about abortion issues:

To get as many people as possible on their pro-choice bandwagon, ASPIRE has painted a frightening picture of the number of women who have died, or have sustained severe long-term damage to their health as a result of backyard abortions. They also frequently telegraph the message that to be pro-choice is not only politically correct but an ethical, morally proper stance which will improve the lives of women and girls in Trinidad and Tobago.

But what are the facts. Well we need to refer to a place where abortion is legal - The United States of America:

It is estimated that around the world about one-fourth of the approximately 180 million pregnancies known to occur each year end in abortion and about 35 in every 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 have an abortion each year.

Although IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation) and their pro-choice advocates worldwide claim that legal abortions protect the health and enhance the quality of lives of women who would otherwise be saddled with unwanted children, there is a large body of evidence that the opposite is true. According to the Elliot Institute, a research group in the United States, ten percent of women in that country who undergo induced abortion suffer from immediate complications, and one-fifth of them are considered major.

Of the many potential complications associated with induced abortion, the ones considered “minor” include infections, bleeding, fevers, chronic abdominal pain, gastrointestinal disturbances, vomiting, and Rh sensitisation. The most common “major” complications are infection, excessive bleeding, embolism, ripping or perforation of the uterus, anesthesia complications, convulsions, haemorrhage, cervical injury, and endotoxic shock.

One study in the US showed that out of a series of 1,182 abortions done under closely regulated hospital conditions, 27 percent of the patients acquired post-abortion infection lasting three days or longer. In addition, while the immediate complications of abortion are usually treatable, these complications frequently lead to long-term reproductive damage of much more serious nature.

On this matter, we need to listen to people living in the US where abortion has been legal for many years. Here are the words of pro-life advocate Dr Karen Stevenson: “Abortion impacts not only the woman involved, it impacts families. Although proponents say that they want it to be safe and rare, it is quite common. It affects one in four pregnancies and almost 40 percent of women who have had an abortion have had more than one. Over 1.5 million abortions each year are performed in this country alone. It interrupts the special bond between mother and child just as it is beginning to form.”

It was only a few days ago that the minister of health called for a referendum on weather or not there should be legalized abortion in Trinidad. The joke on the matter is that abortion is legal for the extreme cases that people talk about. The other joke is that many doctors perform abortion in their office and these are still botched. Did I mention that these are doctors?

Well I am against the legalisation of abortion on demand.,.. and I am willing to make my voice heard and counted in the matter.

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