The World Health Organization (WHO) is coming under criticism after recently releasing a new manual that urges worldwide abortion-on-demand and the subsequent disposal of babies as “waste,” which includes flushing their blood into the sewer.
The manual, the second of its kind, entitled Safe Abortion: Technical and Policy Guidance for Health Systems, explains that the organization wants all restrictions to abortion removed worldwide.
“Regulatory, policy and programmatic barriers that hinder access to and timely provision of safe abortion care should be removed,” it reads. “An enabling regulatory and policy environment is needed to ensure that every woman who is legally eligible has ready access to safe abortion care. Policies should be geared to respecting, protecting and fulfilling the human rights of women, to achieving positive health outcomes for women, to providing good-quality contraceptive information and services, and to meeting the particular needs of poor women, adolescents, rape survivors and women living with HIV.”
“A woman seeking an abortion is an autonomous adult,” the document continues. “Autonomy means that mentally-competent adults do not require the authorization of any third party, such as a husband, partner, parent or guardian, to access a health service.”
The WHO outlines that unlimited abortion access should also apply to adolescents — without any say from mom or dad.
“Adolescents may be deterred from going to needed health services if they think they will be required to get permission from their parents or guardians, which increases the likelihood of them going to clandestine abortion providers,” it states. “Health-care providers should therefore be trained to inform, counsel and treat adolescents according to their evolving capacities to understand the treatment and care options being offered, and not according to an arbitrary age cut-off information. Adolescents deemed mature enough to receive counselling without the presence of a parent or other person are entitled to privacy, and may request confidential services and treatment.”
In addition to explaining its beliefs about abortion, the WHO also extensively outlines how it recommends that an abortion be performed.
“The recommended surgical method is D&E, using vacuum aspiration and forceps,” it states regarding first trimester abortions.
Vacuum aspiration is a procedure where the unborn baby is forcefully sucked out of the uterus with a vaccum-like device, which usually results in the removal of parts of the baby’s arm or leg, or even his or her head. At times, the baby’s organs may also be exposed due to the force of the device. The doctor then removes the baby with forceps, and scrapes the walls of the uterus to ensure that none of the baby’s body parts remain in the mother.
The method is the current standard surgical procedure for first trimester abortions in the United States.
“Depending on the duration of pregnancy, abortion with vacuum aspiration takes from 3 to 10 minutes to complete and can be performed on an outpatient basis, using analgesics and/or local anesthesia,” the manual states.
For second and third trimester abortions, the WHO recommends dilation and evacuation, in which the baby’s heart is stopped, the mother’s cervix is dilated and the baby is then removed piece by piece. According to reports, the abortionist assembles the baby’s body parts on a tray to ensure that nothing was left behind.
“A D&E procedure can usually be performed on an outpatient basis with a paracervical block and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory analgesics or conscious sedation. General anaesthesia is not required and can increase risk,” the document continues. “A D&E procedure usually takes no more than 30 minutes to perform.”
In regard to disposal of the human remains, the WHO states that the babies should be treated as waste, and their blood should be flushed down the drain into the sewer.
“Solid waste that is contaminated with blood, body fluids, laboratory specimens or body tissue should be treated as clinical waste, and disposed of properly and in accordance with local regulations,” it states. “Liquid waste, such as blood or other body fluids, should be poured down a drain connected to an adequately treated sewer or pit latrine.”
In America, most aborted babies are packaged in bio-hazardous waste bags, which are then placed in cardboard boxes or plastic tubs and collected by medical waste companies. After being hauled to an incineration plant, the remains of the babies are then burned into ash. The leading company for the disposal of aborted babies is the Illinois-based Stericycle, which has come under fire from pro-life groups nationwide.
“Use of routine pre-abortion ultrasound scanning is not necessary,” the manual also outlines, but instructs abortionists that conduct surgical abortions to “visually identify the products of conception” as the abortion is taking place. It also rejects most follow-up visitations.
“Following safe, induced abortion, post-abortion care may not require a follow-up visit if the woman has adequate information about when to seek care for complications and has received any needed supplies or information to meet her contraceptive needs,” it states.
“After first-trimester abortion, most women can return to their usual activities and responsibilities within hours or days,” the manual continues, and states that in regard to injuries, “Uterine perforation usually goes undetected and resolves without the need for intervention.”
Since the release of the manual, some have been disgusted at its recommendations.
“The contents of this purportedly authoritative guidance was so bad I had to put it down several times,” stated Dr. Susan Yoshihara, director of the International Organizations Research Group.
In response, Dr. Yoshihara has written a review entitled Eleven Problems with the 2012 WHO Technical Guidance on Abortion.
“WHO bases its promotion of the revised guidelines on claims that abortion is both safer than childbirth and also a human right, neither of which enjoys international agreement,” she wrote. “[T]he UN General Assembly and other prominent bodies have repeatedly rejected the claim that abortion is a human right. Most recently the term ‘reproductive rights’ was rejected at the Rio+20 UN Summit on Sustainable Development in 2012 because of its association with abortion.”
“Many of the policy recommendations included in this document are explicitly directed toward making abortion ‘safe and accessible.’ Furthermore, this document makes its case for legalization of abortion by contrasting it with two alternatives: unsafe abortion and risk of associated mortality and unwanted children,” Yoshihara continued. “Not mentioned here or anywhere else in the document are the long-lasting effects on post-abortive women, nor the relative benefits of childbirth and motherhood over abortion for women.”
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