Is Walker Too Extreme on Women's Health?

The Claim

Barrett's Tasteless Ad Tom Barrett's website states, "Too Extreme: Scott Walker Can't Be Trusted on Women's Health".

It also says, "Barrett for Wisconsin released a new TV ad today highlighting Scott Walker's radical extremism when it comes to women's health.  The message features parents Mike and Lana, whose daughter is the survivor of a brutal rape in her teens, discussing why Scott Walker's extreme anti-choice positions are wrong for Wisconsin."


Peculiar to the above statement is the repeat usage of the word "health".  Pro-choice advocates justify abortion saying a mother has the right to make choices in the interest of her health.  Fair enough.  In cases of ectopic pregnancies, an abortion is the better option to save the mother's life.  Abortions due to rape, however, are generally not performed to protect the health of the mother.     

Higher Health Risk Factors with Abortions

According to the best record government-funded study in Finland, women that have abortions are 4 times more likely to die in the following year than women that carry their child to full term.  The study also showed that higher death rates among mothers who had an abortion were due to increased suicidal and risk-taking behaviors.  Women who have abortions are also more likely to develop cervical, ovarian, and liver cancers.

Cancer is not the only increased risk factor for abortion.  Abortion increases the chance of uterine perforation, cervical lacerations, endometritis, and ectopic pregnancies.  Data also shows that first-pregnancy abortions are linked to diagnosable mental health problems, including a 138% greater likelihood of clinical depression.   

Abortions Are Predominately Elective, not Health Related

The Alan Guttmacher Institute showed that 75% of all abortions are chosen due to concerns of finances, scheduling conflicts and an unwillingness to take on additional responsibilities.  Another study showed that 95% of all abortions are done as another means of birth control.  These studies indicate that the vast majority of abortions are due to contraceptive oversight, not in the better interest of the mother's health.

According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, only 2.8% of abortions are due to health concerns.  It should be noted, however, that the term "health" can also include a broad variety of states and illnesses not related to life-threatening conditions.  Hypothetically, a mother's health could be cited for an abortion if she were stressed out about the prospect of new responsibilities.  Nonetheless, the vast majority of abortions are elective, not medically necessary.

Because abortion is statistically shown to increase risk factors for a variety of cancers, mood disorders, and uterine diseases, Barrett's claim that Walker cannot be trusted as it concerns a mother's health is total crap.


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