Abortion

Pre-Born BabyWhen is a life, a life? Scientific research clearly defines that the beginning of life is at conception. Immediately after conception each cell has sufficient information in its DNA structure to produce a complete human being. Destruction at any stage of the development of a person, from the single cell stage up to several million cells, is the taking of a life.

The use of the terminology ‘right to choose’ is a perversion of the truth because it exploits the language of rights as a pretext for taking away the most basic right of all: the right to life. As a result, those who are the most drastically affected, namely the victims, are the ones who are denied the ‘right to choose’. It is unethical and an abuse of power to destroy those who cannot defend themselves. It is therefore not surprising that the largest survey ever done amongst South African doctors on abortion showed that more than 80% of them are against abortion on demand.

Consequences of Abortion

It has been shown that those who have had abortions may, and most probably will suffer physical, mental and/or spiritual harm. Not only is there the risk of death, haemorrhaging and permanent damage to vital reproductive organs, but it is estimated that close to all women will suffer with guilt, shame and remorse. Twenty five per cent may experience “Post Abortion Syndrome”, a serious condition involving chronic depression that if left untreated can lead to attempts at suicide.

DFL is committed to upholding the rights of all healthcare professionals to freedom of conscience as enshrined in the South African Constitution, so as to not have to participate in the practice of performing abortions.

Facts about the Unborn Person

The following facts are not only to boost your knowledge, but more importantly to make you attach even more value to life and therefore increase your stance on abortion.

  • The average length of a full-term pregnancy is 38 weeks. A figure of 40 weeks is often used by obstetricians, but this is actually the time between the first day of the last menstrual period and childbirth. On average, the first day of the last menstrual period occurs 2 weeks before fertilization. [1, 2, 3]
  • Fertilization normally takes place within one day of intercourse, but six days later it can still take place.[4, 5] At fertilization, the genetic composition of a pre-born human is formed.[6] It is this genetic information determines the child’s gender, eye and hair colour, facial features, and influences characteristics such as intelligence and personality.[7] Genetically speaking, with the exception of identical twins,[8, 9] once a pre-born human is conceived, the odds against the same one being conceived again by the mother are greater than 10600 to one.[10, 11]
  • Three weeks after fertilisation or five weeks after the last menstrual period (LMP), the eyes and spinal cord are visible and the developing brain has two lobes.[12, 13]
  • Four weeks after fertilisation (6 weeks after LMP), the heart is beating and the circulatory system is established.[14] Specific brain components and some internal organs such as the lungs are beginning to develop and can also be identified.[15]
  • Seven weeks after fertilisation, the muscles and nerves begin working together. When the upper lip is tickled, the arms move backwards.[16] During this period, the cerebrum has divided into hemispheres.[17]
  • Nine weeks after fertilisation, more than 90% of the body structures found in a full-grown human are already present. It is at this period, that the embryo is referred to as a foetus. This dividing line was chosen by embryologists because from this point forward, most development involves growth in existing body structures instead of the formation of new ones.[18, 19] The pre-born human moves body parts without any outside stimulation.[20]
  • Ten weeks after fertilisation, the brain and spinal cord are completely formed. The heart now pumps blood to the entire body.[21] The whole body is sensitive to touch except for portions of the head. The pre-born human will start making facial expressions.[22]
  • Twelve weeks after fertilisation, electrical signals from the nervous system are measurable. After an abortion, efforts to suckle will sometimes be observed.[23, 24]
  • Fourteen weeks after fertilisation, the pre-born human is making coordinated movements with the arms and legs.[25]
  • Sixteen weeks after fertilisation, eye movements are already being observed.[26]
  • Eighteen weeks after fertilisation, the portion of the brain responsible for functions such as reasoning, memory and language (the cerebral cortex) possesses the same number of nerve cells as an adult. Pain sensory receptors have also spread to all portions of the skin and mucous membranes.[27, 28]
  • Twenty weeks after fertilisation, the pre-born human sleeps, awakes and can hear sounds as well.[29]
  • Twenty-four weeks after fertilisation, the blink-startle reflex and taste buds are functional. The pre-born human will swallow more amniotic fluid if a sweetener is added to it.[30, 31] The grip is strong enough to hold onto an object that is moving up and down.[32] If born and given specialized care, the survival rate of the child is more than 80%.[33]
  • Twenty-eight weeks after fertilisation, if the preborn is exposed to an 85 decibel noise while sleeping (about as loud as a blender), he/she exhibits the “motor behaviours that accompany the crying state.” [34, 35] Premature infants born at this time are more sensitive to pain than infants who are born at 38 weeks, and infants who are born at 38 weeks are more sensitive to pain than infants at 3-12 months after birth.[36, 37] If born and given specialized care, the survival rate is higher than 95%.[38]
  • Thirty-eight weeks after fertilisation. This is the average point in time when humans are born. At birth, the medical classification changes from a foetus to a neonate.[39, 40]

References:

[1] Textbook: Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects. By Keith L. Moore & T.V.N. Persaud. W.B. Saunders Company, 1998. Fifth edition.
Page 109: “The expected date of delivery (EDD) of a fetus is 266 days, or 38 weeks, after fertilization; that is, 280 days, or 40 weeks, after LNMP (Table 7-1).”
[2] Book: Color Atlas of Life Before Birth. By Marjorie A. England. Year Book Medical Publishers, 1983.
Page 12: “Most clinicians do not know the fertilization date; the only date available to them is the first day of the last menstrual period. They use this date to define a menstrual age stretching from time 0, which is usually 14 days before fertilization….”
[3] Book: How Life Begins. By Christopher Vaughn. Random House 1996.
Page 8: “In other words, most obstetricians figures are based on a forty-week pregnancy when you’re actually pregnant for only thirty-eight weeks.”
[4] Book: Color Atlas of Physiology. By Agamemnon Despopoulos & Stefan Silbernagl. Fifth edition. Thieme, 2003.
Page 308: “Fertilization usually takes place on the first day after intercourse….”
[5] Textbook: Langman’s Medical Embryology. By T. W. Sadler. Ninth edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004.
Page 122: “The oocyte is normally fertilized within 12 hours of ovulation. However, sperm deposited in the reproductive tract up to 6 days prior to ovulation can survive to fertilize oocytes. Thus, most pregnancies occur when sexual intercourse occurs within a 6-day period that ends on the day of ovulation.”
[6] Book: Psychological Development and Early Childhood. By John Oates, Clare Wood & Andrew Grayson. Blackwell, 2005.
Page 217 states that a “genotype” is: “The complete set of genes present in an individual. The genotype is determined at fertilization when genetic information from the egg and sperm is combined.”
[7] Book: Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. By the Mayo Clinic. Collins, 2004.
Page 45 (section on fertilization): “This genetic material will determine your baby’s sex, eye color, hair color, body size, facial features and – at least to some extent – intelligence and personality. … Your baby’s sex is determined at the moment he or she is conceived.”
[8] Book: Genetic Destinies. By Peter Little. Oxford University Press, 2002.
Page 34: “Identical twins have exactly the same DNA and it so follows that any feature that is defined by gene differences should be identical between them.”
[9] Note that even though identical twins have the same genes, they vary in certain biological respects because of epigenetic differences. This is explained in the paper: “The marks, mechanisms and memory of epigenetic states in mammals.” By Vardhman K. Rakyan & others. Biochemical Journal, May 15, 2001. http://www.biochemj.org/bj/356/0001/3560001.pdf
Page 1: “These modifications interfere with the DNA–protein interactions that facilitate transcription, resulting in transcriptional silencing of the epigenetically modified allele. Epigenetic modifications can, therefore, cause phenotypic variation in the absence of genetic differences.”
[10] Teaching guide: “Human Genetic Variation.” By BSCS and Videodiscovery under a contract from the National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute, 1999. http://science.education.nih.gov/…
Page 7: “The human genome comprises about 3 × 109 base pairs of DNA, and the extent of human genetic variation is such that no two humans, save identical twins, ever have been or will be genetically identical.”
[10] Calculation performed with information and data from the following sources:
a) Book: The Developing Human: Clinically Orientated Embryology. By Keith L. Moore & T. V. N. Persaud. Seventh edition. Saunders, 2003. Page 16: Human development begins at fertilization when a male gamete or sperm (spermatozoa) unites with a female gamete or oocyte (ovum) to form a singe cell – a zygote.” Page 33: The zygote is genetically unique because half of its chromosomes come from the mother and half from the father. The zygote contains a new combination of chromosomes that is different from that in the cells of either of the parents. This mechanism forms the basis of biparental inheritance and variation of the human species.”
b) Book: Population and Evolutionary Genetics: A Primer. By Francisco J. Ayala. Benjamin Cummings Publishing Company, 1982. Page 53: “Considerable genetic variation exists in most natural populations. … Consider humans with a 6.7% heterozygosity detectable by electrophoresis. If we assume there are 30,000 structural gene loci in a human being, which may be an underestimate, a person will be heterozygous at 30,000 X 0.067 = 2010 loci. Such an individual can theoretically produce 22010 ≈ 10605 different kinds of gametes [reproductive cells].”
c) Book: Human Reproductive Biology. By Richard E. Jones & Kristen H. Lopez. Third edition. Academic Press, 2006. Page 46 states that women living in developed countries experience about 450 ovulation cycles in a lifetime.
[12] Book: The First Nine Months of Life. By Geraldine Lux Flanagan. Simon & Shuster, 1962. Second edition.
Page 35 states that in the third week, “the brain has two lobes,” and “the early spinal cord is bordered by the future vertebrae and muscle segments.” A picture shows the brain lobes and spinal cord.
[13] Book: Gray’s Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Medicine and Surgery. Churchill Livingstone, 1995.
Page 329 states that at 19-21 days, “The cranial half of the groove, representing developing brain, begins to develop cephalic flexure, optic primordia become visible….”
[14] College textbook: Biology: Investigating Life on Earth. By Vernon L. Avila. Second edition. Jones and Bartlett, 1995.
Page 693: “First, the embryo has its own circulatory system, complete with a heart that started beating only 24 days after conception….”
[15] Book: Gray’s Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Medicine and Surgery. Churchill Livingstone, 1995.
Page 329 states that at 21-27 days, “primary cerebral vesicles appear. … Rudimentary limb buds appear and the heart tubes fuse into a common loop in which contractile activity commences. The primordia of the thyroid gland, lungs, liver, pancreas, and mesonephric tubules are all identifiable.”
[16] Book: The First Nine Months of Life. By Geraldine Lux Flanagan. Simon & Shuster, 1962. Second edition. Pages 52-53:
“In the sixth and seventh weeks, nerves and muscles work together for the first time. If the area of the lips, the first to become sensitive to touch, is gently stroked, the baby, who then is still an embryo, responds by bending the upper body to one side and making a quick backward motion with the arms. This is called a “total pattern” response because it involves most of the body rather than the approximate local part.”
NOTE: The details above are documented by photos. Page 52 notes, “All of the photographs in this book that show the movement of the baby are taken from” films made by Davenport Hooker at the University of Pittsburgh.
[17] Book: Gray’s Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Medicine and Surgery. Churchill Livingstone, 1995.
Page 329 states that in the 6th and 7th weeks, “The pontine flexure, cerebral hemispheres and cerebellum are developing.”
[18] Book: Gray’s Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Medicine and Surgery. Churchill Livingstone, 1995.
Page 95: “When mammalian embryos reach a certain size, growth rather than morphogenesis occurs. The embryo is referred to as a fetus; this occurs at 56-57 postovulatory days in humans when the onset of bone marrow formation in the humerus can be seen (Streeter 1949); at this stage more than 90% of the named structures of the adult body have appeared.”
[19] Book: The First Nine Months of Life. By Geraldine Lux Flanagan. Simon & Shuster, 1962. Second edition.
Page 48: “The appearance of the first bone cells marks the end of the embryonic period. This criterion was chosen by embryologists because the beginning bone formation coincides with the essential completion of the body.”
[20] Book: The First Nine Months of Life. By Geraldine Lux Flanagan. Simon & Shuster, 1962. Second edition.
Pages 52-53: “By the beginning of this third month the baby moves spontaneously, without being touched, for the first time.”
[21] Article: “Fetus.” By Frank D. Allan in the Encyclopedia of Human Biology. Academic Press, 1997. Volume 3.
Page 955 states that in the tenth week, “Division of the heart into chambers is complete, and a definitive vascular system carries blood to and from all parts of the body. … All components of the brain and spinal cord are formed, and nerves link the stem of the brain and the spinal cord to all tissues and organs of the body.”
[22] Book: The First Nine Months of Life. By Geraldine Lux Flanagan. Simon & Shuster, 1962. Second edition.
Pages 53-54: “In the ninth and tenth weeks, if the baby’s forehead is touched, he may turn his head away and pucker up his brow and frown. … [T]he entire body becomes sensitive to touch with a notable exception: the sides, back and top of the head.”
[23] Article: “Fetus.” By Frank D. Allan in the Encyclopedia of Human Biology. Academic Press, 1997. Volume 3.
Page 962 states that in the third month, “Electrical activity of the nervous system is discernible…. Attempts to suckle have been seen in utero and in aborted fetuses of 3 months.”
[24] Textbook: Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications. By Ricki Lewis. Third edition. McGraw Hill, 1998.
Page 56: “By week 12, the fetus sucks its thumb, kicks, makes fists and faces, and has the beginnings of baby teeth.”
[25] Textbook: Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects. By Keith L. Moore & T.V.N. Persaud. W.B. Saunders Company, 1998. Fifth edition.
Page 106: “Limb movements, which occur at the end of the embryonic period (8 weeks), become coordinated by the 14th week, but are too slight to be felt by the mother.”
[26] Book: Embryology: Board Review Series. By Ronald W. Dudek & James D. Fix. Second edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1998.
Page 246 states that in weeks 13-16, “Eye movements begin.”
[27] Paper: “Pain and its Effects in the Human Neonate and Fetus.” By K.J.S. Anand & P.R. Hickey. New England Journal of Medicine, November 19, 1987.
Page 1322:
Cutaneous sensory receptors appear in the perioral [mouth] area of the human fetus in the 7th week of gestation; they spread to the rest of the face, the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet by the 11th week, to the trunk and proximal parts of the arms and legs by the 15th week, and to all cutaneous and mucous surfaces by the 20th week. …
Development of the fetal neocortex begins at 8 weeks of gestation, and by 20 weeks each cortex has a full complement of 109 neurons.
NOTE: This article uses the obstetric method of counting from the last menstrual period as evidenced by the chart on page 1322, which uses a gestation of 40 weeks for pregnancy. Two weeks must be subtracted to provide the actual time since fertilization.
[28] Article: “Brain.” New Millennium Encyclopedia. Simon and Shuster, 1999.

“The cerebrum is the largest part of the human brain, making up approximately 85 percent of the brain’s weight; its large surface area (cortex) and intricate development account for the superior intelligence of humans, compared with other animals. … A large part of the human cortex, the frontal area, is used for awareness, intelligence, and memory.”
[29] Article: “Fetus.” American Medical Association Complete Medical Encyclopedia. Edited by Jerrold B. Leikin & Martin S. Lipsky. Random House, 2003.
Page 558: “At 20 weeks, the fetus … now sleeps and wakes and hears sounds.”
[30] Book: Embryology: Board Review Series. By Ronald W. Dudek & James D. Fix. Second edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1998.
Page 247 states that in weeks 21-24: “Blink-startle reflex is demonstrable on vibroacoustic stimulation of mother’s abdomen.”
[31] Entry: “Fetus.” Encyclopedia of Human Biology. Academic Press, 1997. Volume 3. By Frank D. Allan.
Page 962: “Taste buds are functional at 6 months, and the modality for sweetness is well differentiated. Increased “drinking” of the amniotic fluid is effected when sweet substances are introduced.”
[32] Book: The First Nine Months of Life. By Geraldine Lux Flanagan. Simon & Shuster, 1962. Second edition.
Page 71: “In the fifth and sixth months the grip becomes strong. This baby is holding a rod and moves his arm up and down as the rod is moved.”
Page 52: “All of the photographs in this book that show the movement of the baby are taken from” films made by Davenport Hooker at the University of Pittsburgh.
[33] Paper: “Very Low Birth Weight Outcomes of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network, January 1995 Through December 1996.” By James A. Lemons et al., including Avroy A. Fanaroff. Pediatrics, January 2001. http://www.pediatrics.org/cgi/content/full/107/1/e1
[34] Paper: “Fetal homologue of infant crying.” By J L Gingras and others. Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition, April 27, 2005. Pages F415-F418. http://adc.bmj.com/
Page F415: “[I]n a stable state (quiet or active sleep), the fetus was challenged with … [vibroacoustic stimulation]. [This] … was provided by an artificial larynx (model 5c; Western Electric) that emits fundamental tones of about 100 Hz and 95 dB and was mechanically altered to provide exactly 0.5 second of stimulation. … The physiological intrauterine noise intensity has been reported to be about 85 dB.5″
Page F418: “The behaviors were seen in all gestational ages studied, indicating that the behavior occurs as early as 28 weeks gestation, and possibly earlier.”
[35] Advisory: “Hearing Conservation Program.” University Health Services, University of Cincinnati, Revised June 11, 1999. http://ehs.uc.edu/Advisories/Advisory_33_0.PDF
[36] Paper: “Pain and its Effects in the Human Neonate and Fetus.” By K.J.S. Anand & P.R. Hickey. New England Journal of Medicine, November 19, 1987. Page 1325:
Page 1325: “In other studies of the cry response to painful procedures, neonates were found to be more sensitive to pain than older infants (those 3 to 12 months old)….”
[37] Paper: “Symptom Management: Acute Pain, Chapter 3 – Pain in Preverbal Children.” United States National Institutes of Health, Publication Number 94-2421. June 1994. http://www.nih.gov/
Page 2 cites one possible reason why younger humans are more sensitive to pain: “Serotonin (5HT) is a biogenic amine transmitter that serves an important role in pain modulation. … Serotonin levels in the young infants are low and may limit the effectiveness of the endogenous pain control mechanisms (Fitzgerald 1991b).”
[38] Paper: “Very Low Birth Weight Outcomes of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network, January 1995 Through December 1996.” By James A. Lemons et al., including Avroy A. Fanaroff. Pediatrics, January 2001. http://www.pediatrics.org/cgi/content/full/107/1/e1
[39] Textbook: Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects. By Keith L. Moore & T.V.N. Persaud. W.B. Saunders Company, 1998. Fifth edition.
Page 109: “The expected date of delivery (EDD) of a fetus is 266 days, or 38 weeks, after fertilization; that is, 280 days, or 40 weeks, after LNMP (Table 7-1).”
[40] Entry: “neonate.” Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary. 29th edition. W. B. Saunders Company, 2000. Page 1184: “a newborn infant.”

Press Release – March For Life 2015

collage March 2015 smallMARCH FOR LIFE 4 OCTOBER 2015

This past Sunday was the annual National Alliance For Life (NAL), National March For life 2015. This event is held once a year on the first Sunday in October. It brings together people from all walks of life across South Africa who are pro-life and want to take a stand and stop the senseless killing of unborn babies.

As much as the pro-abortionists claim that a woman has a right to choose what happens to her own body that baby although it might be inside her, is not part of her body, it is a separate person. If it is OK to kill a baby inside the womb, the next step of society will be (as is already being claimed by some leading bio-ethicists in the West), to claim that the lives of all human beings after being born are not equal. Society is being de-sensitized to the extent that the leading bio-ethicist in the USA (Peter Singer), can claim that up to 23 days AFTER the birth, a child should not be considered a human person that deserves protection from the law.

The National march for Life is trying to get rid of such passivity in society and is open to all people from various organizations, as well as individuals and churches who demand the right of unborn human persons to full protection of the law. NAL provides a forum for all interested parties to come together and combine their efforts in order to raise awareness. The March For Life has been taking place for a number of years now and each year sees more interest from organizations and the media.

Science has proven that life starts at the earliest beginnings of a human embryo and that very first cell contains all the information that makes the embryo a new, unique human being. It is a  person, which contains all the genetic information from the hair and eye color; the shoe size; how tall that person will be; whether they will be sportier or more academic or both etc.

It will always be the weakest and most vulnerable of society that are taken advantage of and that is also true for an unborn baby. Just because they cannot stand up and speak for themselves does not mean we or their mothers have the right to decide if they may live or die.

The goal of NAL and the March For Life is to inform and educate the public on abortion and get people, especially mothers, to realize there are other options available and that the complications a woman suffers after abortion doesn’t just last for those few minutes. The emotional scars can last a life time unless she gets therapy and counselling. Post Abortion Syndrome is well documented and results in severe depression, guilt, anxiety and regret.

As a nation we call upon everybody to stand up and take responsibility for our actions. Since 1997 when abortion was legalized we have killed an estimated 1.2 million babies. On a world wide scale 19000 babies are aborted each day and since 1972 when abortion was legalized in the USA over 60 million babies have been aborted. It is time to stop this senseless taking of human life because it might be an inconvenience to us. We need to hold onto the sanctity of life.

National March for Life – 5 October 2014

SONY DSCDoctor’s for Life is proud to have been a part of the annual National March for Life in Durban on the 5th of October 2014. There were approximately 2300 people from all walks of life who attended, a 50% increase on lasts year, and attendance is expected to increase considerably next year.

IMG_1099The National March for Life is an event where all pro life organizations and individuals gather together to show their support for the pro-life movement, and demonstrate their opposition to legal (and illegal) abortion. It is held on the first Sunday of October every year and is promising to grow exponentially. The National Alliance for Life (NAL) can be contacted regarding future events.

In 1997 when the South African public heard that that there were plans to legalize abortion, they insisted on a national referendum which was denied them. They were steamrollered and abortion was legalized by the South African Government.

SONY DSCIt was during the process of legalization of abortion that Doctors For Life International was brought into being. It had become clear that somebody would have to oppose legalization and be one of the voices for the unborn. In four of the most important embryology text books, the beginning of the life of a human being is clearly recognized as beginning at conception, and this is the position that Doctors For Life holds.

March for lifeAccording to Health Minister Mr Aaron Motsoaledi, statistics show that 94 000 schoolgirls fell pregnant in South Africa in 2011, of which 77 000 had abortions at public facilities. Discussions based on research and sound science will have to be brought to the table to challenge the status quo. It is clear that the law on abortion is not effectively dealing with the social challenges facing the youth, and the crisis that the Department of Health is grappling with.

USA – Abortion Insurance Law taking effect in Michigan

letter_baby1Michigan residents who buy health coverage in the private marketplace will not have access to abortion coverage, even if a pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. A new law prohibits insurance companies from covering abortion services unless customers purchase separate add-ons to their insurance plans ahead of time. The Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act was passed in December by the Republican-controlled Legislature after a debate. Proponents say the law protects those who object to abortion from having any of their premiums used to cover the procedure for other customers in their group plans or within the health-care exchange. Opponents say the bill threatens women’s health by limiting access to a procedure that is legal and constitutionally protected.
http://www.freep.com/article/20140312/NEWS06/303120050/Abortion-insurance-law-taking-effect-Michigan

The Abortion Law and Your Rights

The following interpretation of the law expresses the views of senior legal council to Doctors For Life International (DFL)…

RELEVANT CONSTITUTION CLAUSES:

Section 15[1]: “Everyone has the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion”.

Section 16[1][b]: “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression which includes  freedom to receive or impart information or ideas”.

Section 9: “Everyone is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and benefit of the law. No person may be unfairly discriminated against directly or indirectly on any one or more grounds including amongst other things religion, conscience and belief”.

YOUR RIGHTS

The Constitution is the ultimate law of the country and consequently if it would clash with another law, the Constitution would override the other law. These Constitutional Rights entitle you to the following:

To resist in Court any attempt to refuse employment or to discriminate against you or to intimidate you into participating in induced abortion. You have the right to refuse to refer a patient to an Abortionist.

To inform others of your ideas and views about induced abortion. Contrary to what the law says, the Constitution would even allow Health Workers to refuse to furnish any information concerning the rights of an applicant for induced abortion. It is important to take note that the clause in the draft abortion law that forced a Doctor or Nurse, who was unwilling to do an abortion, to refer the Patient to another Doctor/Nurse who would be willing, was scrapped before the bill was voted upon in 1997. (This was done under pressure from all the opposition parties at the time.)

This means that there is currently no legal obligation to refer. According to the Canadian Medical Association, “a Doctor who refers a Patient for a procedure he believes to be wrong is morally just as culpable as the Doctor who performs the procedure”.

You may not be forced to participate in any part of the abortion procedure; this would include anything from directly taking part in the abortion procedure, to making beds and caring for the Patient or even looking at histological specimens in the laboratory.

You may refuse taking part in any part of the administrative process of arranging abortions at all levels of the health system.

You may not be refused work, dismissed or victimised in your work place because of your conscientious beliefs and objections concerning induced abortions.

WHAT THE LAW DOES NOT ALLOW

You may not express your ideas in a threatening or intimidating way, or physically prevent somebody from going for an induced abortion.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

If you do not wish to participate in induced abortion in terms of your lawful rights, you should make your viewpoint known as soon as possible to your employer in writing so that substitute staff can be arranged. (Contact DFL for the relevant form and advice.)

OTHER RIGHTS CONCERNING THE ABORTION LAW

You have the right to insist that, in a particular Institution, all the conditions stipulated in the Act be adhered to before induced abortion may be performed.
– Induced abortions can only be carried out in an authorised facility.

According to the regulations of the law, surgical abortion can only be performed in a facility designated by the Minister of Health. In turn, the Minister is only allowed to designate a facility if it complies with specific conditions and requirements. For instance, there must be access to medical and nursing staff that can perform the procedure. A Health Professional with conscientious objection cannot be counted as an accessible staff member. If there are not sufficient pro-abortion staff members at the particular facility, such a facility cannot be designated by the Minister. If a facility had been designated before, and loses its pro-abortion staff members, the Minister can withdraw such a  designation after giving 14 days prior notice of such a withdrawal in the Government Gazette.

The age of the unborn child must be determined before the abortion takes place.

Abortion after 12 weeks can only be permitted if the special circumstances of the Act are present.

The woman having the abortion must be fully informed concerning all the consequences regarding having an abortion and must give her consent to it.

Where the woman is a minor, she must be advised to consult with her parents or her family.

Where the woman is mentally disabled or unconscious, additional special conditions apply.

The state must promote the provision of non-mandatory and non-directive counseling.
MISOPROSTOL / MEFIPRISTONE

Misoprostol / Mefipristone has created a peculiar dilemma for health professionals who have a conscientious objection to performing induced abortions. Misoprostol /Mefipristone is often given by another Health Professional who tells the Patient to go to the local hospital’s casualty department once she starts bleeding. At the hospital, pro-life staff are then foreced to attend to the Patient, for example, by doing a D&C. This blurs the line between taking care of Patients suffering from the complications of an induced abortion, and completing the second part of the abortion procedure and thus becoming an accomplice.

What is your duty if, for instance, you work in a casualty department, and a Patient  comes in haemorrhaging from Misoprostol / Mefipristone? Your duty is to stabilize the Patient after which you can refer the Patient to a Health Professional who has no conscientious objection to continue to attend to the immediate needs of the Patient.

Also, if the initial receiving and stabilising of these “emergencies” becomes a regular occurrence / part of your routine, you have the right to demand that arrangements be made for pro-abortion staff to be available to receive and stabilize these Patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

WHEN APPLYING FOR A POST

You have the right not to be discriminated against. You can apply to work in any  department and if there is more than one applicant, the fact that you do not want to take part in abortion should not in any way count against you, be that an application to work in the casualty department, the department of obstetrics and gynaecology or wherever.

STEPS TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS

Step 1: Contact Doctors For Life (DFL) for a form to notify your employers about your convictions and rights.

Step 2: Give one copy to your employer and keep one for yourself.

Step 3: DFL can assist you with legal advice.

POST ABORTION SYNDROME

Participation in abortion has emotionally harmed many people. Post Abortion Syndrome is a very real condition amongst Health Care Professionals involved in abortion and is characterised by depression, nightmares, fits of crying and many other disturbing symptoms. If you have been affected, do not hesitate to contact our pre- and post-abortion 24 hour Careline: 078 879 7484

 

Video: March for life 2012

Planned Parenthood Defeated: Abortion is not a Universal Human Right in UN Summit Document (press release)

plannedparenthoodThe International Planned Parenthood Federation, the world’s largest abortion promoter has been defeated in its efforts to hijack the millennium development goals, in order to promote legalized abortion throughout the world, and unrestricted access to abortions for adolescents. In spite of tremendous pressure from pro-abortion groups access to abortion as a basic human right was not included in UN summit Outcome Document officially adopted by the General Assembly on the 22nd of September.

Pro-abortion NGO’s had been pushing during the UN September Summit for the adoption of a report produced by Navanethem Pillay, the High Commissioner on Human Rights. The report was described by some as an “extreme” and “ideologically driven” effort, to establish abortion as a “universal human right” for the purposes of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Pro-life groups issued a worldwide alert in June, urging pro-life people around the world to oppose the extremely pro-abortion report. They warned that a right to abortion under the guise of reproductive health would be proposed at the United Nations summit in New York in September 2010.

Following the summit John Smeaton, SPUC’s Director said, “May I take this opportunity of thanking all those who took action to defend unborn children and their mothers throughout the world, including our colleagues in other pro-life organizations and courageous delegates from pro-life nations.”

Carmen Barroso, regional director of International Planned Parenthood Western Hemisphere Region, has written to pro-abortion lobbyists saying that the Summit ’s Outcome Document … officially adopted by the General Assembly on the 22nd of September … neglects any reference to safe abortion, comprehensive sexuality education, adolescents … indicating that there is still much work to be done.” [In pro abortion language, this means legalized abortion and unrestricted access to abortion for children from 12 upwards.]

Doctors For Life sees this development as an important stepping stone in the fight for
the right to life of the unborn, as well as a relevant factor contributing to the physical
and psychological wellbeing of the mother.

Doctors For Life International is an association of more than 1800 specialists and
medical doctors. DFL endeavors to promote public health by upholding sound science
in the medical profession, as well as the constitutional right to freedom of conscience
for all healthcare professionals. For more information, please visit
www.doctorsforlife.co.za

Victory on Conscientious Objection for Health Professionals at Council of Europe (press release)

An attack against the right of conscientious objection in medical care has been totally defeated at the Council of Europe. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) voted on a report, the original text of which recommended a

Medical Associations Blast Abortion Laws (press release)

At the annual Congress of the Medical Profession, the leadership of Spain’s medical associations denounced Spain’s new abortion law, which allows doctors to kill unborn children for any reason during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. In a statement “Abortion

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Doctors For Life May 2017 Newsletter

From the CEO’s Desk
The beginning of the year is always a very exciting time. 2016 ended on a high note with much being accomplished and we are looking forward to working with all our sponsors, friends and members in


LIFEalerts 10 May 2017

Abortion

USA – Trump Signs Bill to Overturn Obama Rule

USA – “Lumberjacks for Life” empower pregnant and parenting students
Canada – $300 Abortion drug for free
USA – University puts abortion pills in vending machine

Alternative Medicine

Nigeria –


LIFEalerts 13 April 2017

Abortion

USA – National Right to Life Academy empowers pro-life students
USA – Abortionist: Was baby born alive? It depends ‘who’s in the room’
USA – Trump cuts funding to UN agency over forced abortion support

Alternative Medicine

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High Court Blunders into Dagga Minefield

Media Release
Embargo: Immediate release
Date : 03 April 2017
Enquiries: Doctors For Life Int.
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Doctors For Life International (DFL) is deeply concerned by the judgment of the Western Cape High Court that allows, subject to legislation to be passed in the


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Fields of Green for All is pushing to legalize/decriminalise the use of Cannabis (Dagga) in the upcoming court case that has been dragging on for 5 years and is finally culminating in


LIFEalerts 16 March 2017

 

Abortion

USA – Norma McCorvey of Roe v. Wade Passes Away
USA – House Votes to Overturn States Funding Planned Parenthood
USA – Congressional Bill to Protect Doctors and Nurses against Abortions
Africa – Women slam global ‘safe abortion’


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