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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.”


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

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