A common argument made in favor of abortion is that abortion should never be entirely outlawed because it’s sometimes necessary to save the life of the pregnant mother.
A group of health experts, however, are saying that that is never the case.
Nearly 1,000 medical professionals have signed the “Dublin Declaration on Maternal Healthcare,” which states that abortion is not the answer in those situations.
“As experienced practitioners and researchers in obstetrics and gynecology, we affirm that direct abortion — the purposeful destruction of the unborn child — is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman,” the document reads.
“We uphold that there is a fundamental difference between abortion, and necessary medical treatments that are carried out to save the life of the mother, even if such treatment results in the loss of life of her unborn child,” it says. “We confirm that the prohibition of abortion does not affect, in any way, the availability of optimal care to pregnant women.”
In an opinion piece published by the Washington Examiner, Live Action president Lila Rose and American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists executive director Donna Harrison gave an example of of a doctor at “one of the top high-risk obstetrics hospitals in America.”
American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists board member Dr. Anthony Levatino specializes in the types of cases where a woman’s pregnancy exacerbates serious health issues that she’s already dealing with, such as cancer and diabetes.
“Dr. Levatino has saved hundreds of pregnant women’s lives, working against the clock in the face of devastating health situations, and not once did he find that it was medically necessary to deliberately kill the unborn baby,” Rose and Harrison wrote.
The key to saving an unborn child in those difficult situations is to deliver it early. The baby is now kept alive through medical treatments rather than being intentionally killed.
Even if the baby does not survive early delivery, doing so “is not the same as unnecessarily and intentionally killing the baby in cases where the mother’s life is threatened by continuing the pregnancy. Killing the baby offers no medical advantage to the mother,” the pro-life authors argued.
“The reality is that, in an emergency, a physician can always separate the mother and the baby in a way that gives them both the best chance possible,” they concluded.