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Is abortion ever necessary to save a woman’s life?

In 2012, a panel of physicians meeting in Ireland, a country with one of the world’s lowest rates of maternal mortality, concluded: “We affirm that direct abortion—the purposeful destruction of the unborn child—is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman.” They further stated: “The prohibition of abortion does not affect, in any way, the availability of optimal care to pregnant women.”

Sources:

Committee on Excellence in Maternal Healthcare. “Dublin Declaration on Maternal Healthcare.” September 2012. http://dublindeclaration.com.

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