10 years on, SPUC remembers Cairo
3 September 2004
10 years on, SPUC remembers Cairo Westminster, 3 September 2004 -Whilst pro-abortion NGOs gather in London to discuss the 10th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children has issued a timely reminder of the reality of the population control agenda and the lies used to promote it. Paul Tully, SPUC's General Secretary stated: "Ten years ago, wildly exaggerated and contradictory 'guesstimates' of the number of women dying as a result of 'unsafe abortion' were used to try to push for abortion on demand. Baroness Chalker, then British Minster for Overseas Development, claimed that "about 200,000 women die each year from the complications of unsafe abortions." The UK's Sunday Observer put the figure at 250,000, a UNFPA report claimed it was around 60,000 in one place and 500,000 in another. Not one of these figures is based on firm information: even the lowest figure (60,000) has no basis in published statistics. Today, exaggerated figures continue to be plucked out of the air by a pro-abortion movement desperate to be seen as the saviours of women rather than the proponents of a morally bankrupt ideology." "If these organisations really cared about women, they would be confronting the reasons why women might be driven to abort their children and condemning those who exploit women for financial gain. Perhaps Ipas could tell us how it reached the 70,000 abortion deaths it is currently reporting? It looks suspiciously as if it has simply taken a percentage of the estimate of worldwide maternal deaths (itself a very uncertain figure) and attributed them to abortion."