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Missouri Family E-News

September 25, 2012

Study Affirms Maternal Risks of Legal Abortion



A new comprehensive study reveals that women who have abortions have a significantly higher risk of death than women who give birth to their children.


The Danish study found that the risk of maternal death increased by 45 percent for women who had an induced abortion compared to women with no history of abortion.   


The mortality risk increased to 114 percent for women with two abortions, and 192 percent for women with three or more abortions.  Women with a history of successful deliveries had the lowest mortality rates during the period examined.      


Researchers scrutinized the medical records of nearly half a million women who had their initial pregnancies between 1980 and 2004.  Those records were then matched up with death registries and abortion registries.   The results of the Danish study are consistent with other recent studies from Chile and Ireland.


The family of Tonya Reaves is one of the latest to mourn the deadly consequences of "safe and legal abortion."  Reaves died on July 20th from major complications following a botched second-trimester abortion at a Chicago area Planned Parenthood clinic.


The 24 year-old woman bled to death following a bungled procedure that resulted in perforation of her uterus and the possible severing of a uterine artery.  The abortion staff at the Loop Center Planned Parenthood clinic did not call an ambulance to transport Reaves to a local hospital until five and a half hours after the procedure.    


Upon arrival at the hospital, it was discovered that Planned Parenthood had performed an incomplete abortion, with body parts of the unborn child still within Reaves' uterus.  The Medical Examiner found there were still pieces of placenta in Reaves' uterus even after the hospital had performed a second abortion.


Tonya Reaves was engaged to be married, and leaves behind a one-year old son.  Lila Rose of LiveAction sharply criticized Planned Parenthood's negligence.


"Tonya is the real face of the war on women--women who have been lied to by powerful interests with the false ideology that abortion will liberate us and solve all our problems.  How can we have a strong nation when the place where we should be the safest and most cared for is the place of greatest danger?"    


In another recent case, an Alabama woman was left infertile after she had an "abortion" at a Birmingham Planned Parenthood clinic.  The "abortion" was done despite the fact that the woman had no intrauterine pregnancy.   


What Planned Parenthood failed to diagnose was that Roberta Black had an ectopic pregnancy.  Black had to have emergency surgery 25 days later to remove a ruptured fallopian tube that contained a a 13 week-old embryo.


Centers for Disease Control (CDC) records show that at least 450 women have died from "safe and legal abortion" since the Supreme Court mandated abortion-on-demand in 1973. Pro-life analysts consider that to be a low estimate since not all states report their abortion data to the CDC.                                       

Hobby Lobby Fights Abortion Drug Mandate in Federal Court

The retail craft store chain Hobby Lobby has become the latest major employer to file suit over the Obama Administration's contraceptive and abortion drug mandate.  Hobby Lobby has gone into federal court to oppose the forced inclusion of abortifacient drugs in their corporate health insurance plans.

Under the mandate issued by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, virtually all health insurance policies issued in the United States must include coverage of any and all "contraceptives" approved by the Food and Drug Administration.  This mandate requires coverage of drugs and devices that can destroy developing embryos, including the abortifacient drugs Ella and Plan B, often marketed as so-called "emergency contraceptives."

"The new government  mandate requires that our family business provide what we believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance," says David Green, the chief executive officer of Hobby Lobby, Inc.  "We choose not to cover drugs that might cause abortion, such as the morning-after pill or the week-after pill.  We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs."

"It is by God's grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured," Green adds.  "We seek to honor God by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.  We are being forced to choose between following the laws of the country that we love or maintaining the religious beliefs that have made our business successful and have supported thousands of our employees and their families."

Hobby Lobby is the first major business owned by evangelical Christians to initiate litigation to block the contraceptive mandate.  The company, which had its start in an Oklahoma City garage, now operates 500 stores in 41 states, employing 22,500 people.  Hobby Lobby is one of the few retail chains which closes its stores on Sundays, to allow employees to enjoy a day of rest on the Lord's Day.

Under the terms of the Obama Administration's contraceptive mandate, Hobby Lobby faces fines of $1.3 million per day for refusing to comply with the contraceptive mandate.  "We are required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines," Green says.  "The government is telling us we must choose which poison pill to swallow.  We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate."

Nearly 30 lawsuits have been filed against the contraceptive and abortion drug mandate, which took effect on August 1st for all non-religious employers.  Religious institutions other than churches, such as hospitals, colleges, and parachurch ministries, have until August 1st of 2013 to comply.  Most of the lawsuits to date have been filed by Catholic dioceses and by Catholic and evangelical universities.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has served as legal counsel for many of the above-named plaintiffs, and they are representing Hobby Lobby as well.  "Washington politicians cannot force families to abandon their faith just to earn a living," says Lori Windham, Becket Fund senior counsel.  "Every American, including family business owners like the Greens, should be free to live and do business according to their religious beliefs."

Liberal activists have announced a boycott of Hobby Lobby, launching a Facebook page to generate support.  David Green is a poor choice for such a boycott.  Green and his wife Barbara are major Christian philanthropists, and donate the majority of their wealth to charity.  The company pays salaries to its starting full-time employees which are 80 percent above the minimum wage.

"Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy," Green observes.  "Our government threatens to fine a company like ours that has raised wages four years running during this national recession.  It's just not right."

We encourage you to pray for and support Hobby Lobby and business owners like the Greens, who have the courage to put their faith into practice in the marketplace.    Praise God for their willingness to take a stand on behalf of human life despite the financial consequences to them and their families.



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