Updated November 5, 2017 – Notwithstanding your reproductive rights, for safety reasons, RINJ has vehemently urged women in areas of armed conflict to avoid pregnancy. Always use some form of contraception. Extremely high infant and maternal mortality rates plus heightened incidence of rape in war zones drive the RINJ Foundation Women to share this generalized advice. Much more than half the women die under these circumstances. Almost the same number of babies die. Use good judgment. Use a contraceptive. Get to safety. Then plan your family.
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“Denying the reproductive rights of family partners is a violation of human rights,” says RINJ.
Read the headlines. Most politicians are male and most don’t have the first clue about how a woman’s body works. Some of the anecdotal examples are beacons of stupidity about the womb. Why get into it.
Criminalizing Abortion Is Wrong-Minded
If you were a serious medical researcher you would know that on average 75% of all conceptions fail. Some regions of the globe are worse than others.
Why is that important?
That is what researchers, compiling a wide range of surveys and studies, estimate for the percentage of fertilized eggs that do not result in a full-term pregnancy, factoring in miscarriages but also failed implantation that usually pass without the mother ever missing a menstruation period.
You still there? Did you want to argue that life begins at conception?
Well, it does in a very small number of instances. At inception of pregnancy it is impossible to know which ones will succeed. Most fertilized eggs fail to implant.
Between the time an egg is fertilized to the time the egg implants solidly is what? Is there life? No. It’s possible, but not likely. Do you understand that? Wait a while. In a very short time you can talk to your baby and your baby is “listening”. Don’t even think about ending your baby’s life.
Next. 31% Of pregnancies with confirmed implantation end in miscarriage. Are you starting to get the idea that life is precious?
Get a medical degree before you start arguing about what you think you can “*recommend” in another woman’s body. Then you need to have her consent before collecting medical information and making a diagnosis.
Discussing the medical procedures involved in a failed pregnancy requiring intervention is beyond your ability *unless you are the patient or the doctor in the case.
Medical research lab studies on IVF patients have found that a very large percentage of eggs harbour chromosome abnormalities (the leading cause of miscarriage) and another study found that in natural cycles, about 22% of all conceptions never complete implantation.
Further studies on environmental impacts are needed but another factor in failed pregnancies exists and is more prominent in environmentally challenging regions of the world.
If a miscarriage does not take place naturally the patient could die. The medical decision and choice of intervention procedure and its timing is not your call.
It should suffice that it is a crime to bring harm to another person. A baby is a young person and they need your protection. In other words, the laws that you need to protect the sanctity of life exist as globally common statutes. There are valid mitigation arguments for extenuating circumstances that make what is normally a crime, not a crime. Self-defence, the right to your life, is one.
Being number 20 on a triage list that has patients in worse condition than you but you are at death’s door and your care comes too late–did anyone commit a crime? Courts, precedents and law exist for the universal protection of the right to life.
*You don’t decide what happens inside her womb.
- The RINJ Foundation strongly urges women not to even contemplate abortion as a form of birth control. Concomitantly governments are urged to provide families with their inalienable reproductive rights and accessible contraceptives needed for family planning. For one reason, it is urgently important to stem the surge in unwanted pregnancies in developing nations. For another, murdering children by using abortion as a form of birth control is a capital crime. ‘Don’t kill any sentient being’, is good advice, but ‘don’t kill children’ is a law every mentally-well human being agrees on.
- Killing children is a heinous crime at any time in their precious lives. Sometimes medical practitioners face serious life and death decisions related to pregnancies. Sometimes the decisions are not much different than triage. Who can we save? Doctors save the lives they can save. If you are a medical practitioner reading this you know how painfully hard these decisions can be and in many cases how absolutely clear the decision can become under certain trauma or disease circumstances. When baby’s life and mother’s life are in peril, decisions are taken. We must leave that decision to the moment they are needed by medical practitioners and their patients. Interference causes disastrous domino effects. Far too many at-risk women die as do their baby, because of a decision to avoid aborting, leaving the living children motherless, without care, to all die eventually as well. (Yes. That is absolutely true. We have been in many communities around the world where that happened. Those tears never go away.)
- In providing health care to patients, abortion is a medical procedure that may at times need consideration. Please remember that every life is precious. Save those patients you can save.
- Abortion is not a moral persuasion but a medical issue. Safe induced abortion is not available in most of the world’s communities. That’s wrong. Providing dilation and curettage for women who need this care must be given a greater priority in most countries.
- Notwithstanding the aforesaid, religion and medical science don’t seem to mix. At no time in the history of mankind have religions’ medical edicts been helpful in the advancement of medical science or the improvement of the human condition. Both Jesus and Mohammed were beacons of misogyny while their science did little except assure followers Earth was flat. With all due respect, theirs and their followers’ medical science opinions lack relevance and credence today.
The decision of a rape survivor regarding a dilation and curettage is the right of the patient and her medical team and none of anyone else’s business.
- Despite obvious conflicts with spiritual leaders, reproductive rights belong to families who must have the unfettered ability to choose freely and responsibly if and when to have children.
- Close examination of mass deaths in the world suggests government’s are doing an awful job of protecting children and their families. It is completely disingenuous for violent men to be arguing that abortion is violence toward children. Notwithstanding that observation the RINJ Foundation suggests that an abuse of this or any medical procedure bringing harm to a person could constitute a crime. All life is precious. ‘Don’t use abortion as a method of birth control’, is our warning, worth repeating.
- Families must have easy access to valid and safe contraceptives as well as safe and validated health care for them and their children.
- The global maternal death rate at childbirth is horrifying. The same is true of infant mortality. Children born into severe poverty are not surviving. The alleviation of this problem lies partly in the global goals of human development. Family planning is one of the tools for poverty’s mitigation and elimination.
- Maintaining a Total Fertility Rate (TFR) of 2.1 is a valid goal for family planning educators. Earth has limits on what number of human occupants it can support. Approaching 9 billion world population the TFR must maintain somewhere around 2.1 barring any catastrophic events.
- Family planning and reproductive rights belong to each and every family. Governments must be asked to provide free of charge, safe, modern contraceptives.
Caring for children and their families is something the people of Earth need to relearn.