On International Women's Day (March 8), the World Health Organization (WHO) released new guidelines on abortion care. These recommendations update and replace those of 2012.
The preamble states, “The guidelines are the main means by which the WHO exercises its technical leadership in the field of health.”
A Summary of the Text
The introduction insists that these are “inclusive” recommendations, aimed at “cisgender women, transgender men, non-binary, fluid and intersex people, with a female reproductive system and capable of becoming pregnant.”
The set wording is “strengthening access to comprehensive abortion care within the health system is fundamental to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relating to good health and well-being and gender equality.”
Finally, it is recalled that “abortion is a safe and non-complex health-care intervention that can be effectively managed using medication or a surgical procedure in a variety of settings.”
They specifically cover 3 areas: legislation and policy, “medical” services, and service provision.
A) Legislative and policy recommendations apply to:
1. The criminalization of abortion: the full decriminalization of abortion is recommended. Which means: “removing abortion from all penal/criminal laws,” not only for the woman who aborts but “for all relevant actors.”
2. Approaches based on restricting access to abortion (health of the woman, rape, etc.) should be revised in favor of making abortion available on demand. Until abortion on demand is available, “any existing grounds should be formulated and applied in a manner consistent with international human rights law.”
There should also be no procedural requirements to prove or establish satisfaction of grounds (court decision or police report in the event of rape).
3. Gestational age limit: recommend against laws and other regulations that prohibit abortion based on gestational age limits.
4. Recommend against mandatory waiting periods before undergoing a requested abortion: these mandatory waiting periods for abortion should be eliminated. This involves performing the abortion immediately after the request.
5. Authorization of abortion by a third party: access to abortion must not be conditional on the authorization of another person. In other words, the abortion can be performed without the knowledge of the parents or the partner.
6. Restrictions on health workers authorized to provide abortion services: these depend on the type of abortion, for example, for a medical abortion before 12 weeks, any health worker should be competent.
7. Conscientious objection or conscientious refusal by health care providers: “If it proves impossible to regulate conscientious objection in a way that respects, protects, and fulfills abortion seekers rights, conscientious objection in abortion provision may become indefensible.”
B) Recommendations for clinical services related to abortion methods and related care
“For both medical and surgical abortion: Recommend against the use of ultrasound scanning as a prerequisite for providing abortion services.” – Probably to avoid the visualization of the child which can cause backsliding.
For medical abortion after 12 weeks, it is stipulated that “pregnancy tissue should be treated in the same way as any other biological material, unless the individual expresses a desire for it to be managed otherwise.” – In other words, the corpse of the unborn child would be treated in the same way as medical/biological waste.
C) Recommendations on service delivery
They relate to the categories of health workers who can provide the services in question and include for the first time a recommendation on telemedicine for medical abortion: “recommend the option of telemedicine as an alternative to in-person interactions with the health worker to deliver medical abortion services in whole or in part.”
WHO Against Women's Health
Reading these directives, it is legitimate to wonder how health is concerned, since it is only a question of killing innocent children. The medical term no longer has any meaning in the WHO acronym, which could just as well mean: organization of a massacre in safety.
This massacre is very real. This is violence that especially affects women and their unborn children. While the abolition of the death penalty is advocated by various social and political currents, women find themselves invested - and they alone according to the directives - with a power of life and death which each year claims more than 50 million victims on the planet.
Women – most of them – do not come out unscathed. Even an experienced soldier can tell: it is not easy to kill a man. This is why everything is done to make people believe that it is not a child that is being killed, but a piece of tissue that is being removed, a kind of tumor. Dehumanize it to be able to kill it more easily.
But this ridiculous parade is insufficient, and the post-abortion syndrome is now being recognized even by the most relentless. But that's just collateral damage—as if it were a war.
And that is exactly what it is about. As long as this violence continues, as long as we dehumanize the smallest and most defenseless, as long as women suffer repercussions, violence will only increase in the world.