Legalization of abortion = Abortions by coercion

In March, the country delegates to the United Nations (UN), discussed strategies for the “elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls”. The final document, negotiated by Michelle Bachelet as head of UN Women, was again complicated by the controversy generated by the abortion language in the so-called “reproductive rights”.

Chile is one of several countries doing repairs in the field, but there are other reasons related to the leitmotif of these sessions in my opinion, cause enough discomfort and inconvenience to delegates from several countries with legal abortion. When considering taking the life of an unborn child, either chemically or by poisoning surgically dismembered, legal or not, it is logical to conclude that abortion is itself a violent act. But at the same time, as discussed by researchers from different countries in a side event at the meetings of UN Women-abortion would be another form of violence against women.

Although the relationship appears independent of the legal status of abortion, it is a fact that thousands of women are legally forced to abort against their will, a phenomenon known as “abortion by coercion.” The legalization of abortion increases the problem, mainly due to greater permissiveness, ease of access and substantial increase in incidence rates of elective abortion.

In recent decades, several studies indicate that a significant proportion of legal induced abortions -25% or even more coercion occurs by the partner or a relative of the woman or girl with child. In fact, among the most common risk factors for abortion and subsequent mental health problems, is the history of domestic violence or intimate partner abuse history in childhood. Sometimes it’s own mother, father or both who forced abortion of a pregnant daughter. To this was added repeated abuse cases where teenagers resort to legal abortion in case of pregnancy.

Studies conducted in Finland, confirmed that abortion increases to more than double the risk of suicide in women of reproductive age, while the term pregnancy reduces it. A recent study in Chicago showed that abortion increases the risk of marital problems, including domestic violence, drug abuse and divorce. At the same time, there is a strong correlation between abortion rates and murders of women.

In China, thousands of women are forced to abort due to the one-child policy. The sex-selective abortion of thousands of girls is a harsh reality of discrimination against women in China culturally reproduced also in India.

In Latin America, the history of induced abortion is significantly associated with suicidal ideation in Brazilian women. In Mexico, physical violence against pregnant women increased from 5.3% to 9.4. Studies multiply and these are just a few examples.

At the opening of the sessions organized by UN Women, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon stressed that “there is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable “. If these are not just words of good breeding, the alarming expansion of legal abortion as a form of violence against women should not go unnoticed for any nation that respects fundamental human rights. Skip discussion, is simply hypocritical promote an agenda: discuss all violence against women and girls, less abortion where it is legal.

Source: Elard Koch, Biomedical science researcher at the University of Chile and current director of the Institute MELISA, Embryo Center and Maternal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Catholic University of the Holy Conception.

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