The “right to life” is pretty fundamental, about as basic as we can get. Important and well-known proclamations have supported that idea, such as the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Of course, the pro-life movement is known by the phrase, which makes sense.
There are other areas where the sentiment applies as well, such as euthanasia or capital punishment. One sphere that may escape our notice is related to pregnancy but not in the way usually envisioned, e.g. abortion. It is the mothers-to-be and brand-new mothers themselves that are the target.
A report published in 2001, the result of concern about high death rates of women in this category, reveals disturbing data about the causes of death. As it turns out, limiting the standard definition of maternal mortality to strictly obstetric issues misses a huge swath of the actual numbers. In fact, women – pregnant women – are being attacked and murdered at an alarming rate.
Consider that “an astounding 43 percent of maternal deaths over eight years in Washington, D.C., were homicides.” Even worse, almost half of those were not included in D.C.’s Center for Health Statistics. They were invisible, “Hidden from View.”Sadly, a common inclination in these tragic circumstances is to demand abortion is available. To save the mothers. The cognitive dissonance doesn't occur to many who automatically resort to the cry to the 'right' to abortion. Click To Tweet
Intimate Partner Violence
This type of abuse is all too common, if often ignored for one reason or another. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) actually has a name for it: Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Other studies have looked at this issue since 2001 but the data is still not as reliable as desired. Multiple jurisdictions have a variety of recording and reporting methodologies, not to mention laxity by medical personnel in identifying deceased as pregnant.
That said, some studies show IPV present in as high as 50 percent of pregnancies. One report says 21 percent of IPV victims in 2015 were pregnant…”this spring, a rigorous, decadelong study of traumatic injuries among women of childbearing age was presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. It found that pregnant women are more likely to suffer violent trauma—and are twice as likely to die after trauma—than nonpregnant women.”
The further they probed, the more they checked and rechecked, the more undeniable it became: These women weren’t dying only of traditional causes like thromboembolism; they were being killed. Shot. Strangled. Beaten to death. By husbands, boyfriends, lovers. By the fathers of their unborn children.
Sadly, a common inclination in these tragic circumstances is to demand abortion is available. To save the mothers. The cognitive dissonance doesn’t occur to many who automatically resort to the cry to the “right” to abortion. Such abuse inflicted on women is horrific and deserves serious attention. But, the answer is not to kill innocent unborn. It is to protect woman and child.
Read this in-depth piece at Death By Pregnancy: Why Are So Many Moms-To-Be Dying?.