LIFE NOTES

Abortion Advocates Targeting State Laws

INDIANAPOLIS STAR-NEWS, Aug. 17-The newspaper reported that in Indiana and Arizona, abortion advocates are using the courts to force the issue of taxpayer-funded abortions.

“Officials with the pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Law and Policy in New York filed lawsuits last week seeking more state funding for abortions in Arizona and Indiana. They want the states to use state Medicaid funds to pay for abortions that are supposedly medically necessary,” said the report.

In Indiana, such an act would go against state laws which direct that state Medicaid funds to be used for abortions when the woman's life is in danger or when the woman is a victim of rape or incest, it said.

The lawsuit's backers retort that Indiana's policies are violating its own state constitution by not providing equal protection for pregnant women, said the report.

Richard Coleson, general counsel for Indiana Citizens for Life, criticized the move.

“Many people in Indiana and other states are morally opposed to abortions,” Coleson told the paper. “They should not be forced to pay for things that they are morally opposed to.”

Abortion Practitioner Embraces Abortion-Crime Study

OTTAWA CITIZEN, Aug. 20-Reported the Canadian daily, “A controversial study supposedly linking abortion to lower crime rates in the United States has been greeted with enthusiastic approval by Henry Morgentaler, a Canadian abortion practitioner. And he claims that higher abortion rates have significantly reduced the number of people suffering from mental illness and emotional disorders.”

Reporting that Morgentaler had suspected a connection between the two phenomena more than four years ago, it quoted him saying:

“It was clear to me that if, over the years, poor women would have the option of abortion, fewer unwanted children would be born — children who are more prone to be neglected and poorly treated.”

Morgentaler's own life has a link between abortion and alleged crime. The paper noted that he was jailed for 10 months in 1975 for performing illegal abortions, but was later cleared in a second trial, the paper noted.

India to Crack Down on Sex Selection Abortions

BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, Aug. 14-The Indian Medical Association and the Medical Council of India have asked doctors to stop providing sex determination services and participating in selective abortion of female unborn children, reported the British Medical Journal.

“The association has said that it will launch independent investigations against those people suspected of being involved in such practices and will advise the council to revoke licenses of errant doctors,” said the report.

“This is the first time since the Indian parliament outlawed sex selection abortions five years ago that medical institutions are trying to step up pressure. Sex determination and selective abortion of female unborn children is widespread in India. Non-government organizations in India, such as the Voluntary Health Association, estimate that hundreds of thousands of unborn children are aborted each year only because they are female. One study of several hospitals in Bombay alone found 80,000 cases of sex selection abortions over a five year period.

“The practice stems from a sex bias against female children in India and has contributed to India's declining proportion of females to males; the ratio dropped from 935 males for every 1000 females in 1981 to 927 for every 1000 in 1991. In certain communities in the northern states of Bihar and Rajasthan the ratio has plummeted to 600 for every 1000, one of the lowest in the world.”