New York City, N.Y., Mar 6, 2013 / 17:26 pm
Medical experts before the United Nations argued that abortion is not medically necessary to promote women's health and can actually harm women instead.
"Real medical care decreases maternal mortality; abortion does not decrease maternal mortality," Dr. Donna J. Harrison told CNA on March 6.
Harrison, who serves as the director of research and public policy for the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, was on a panel of doctors from around the world who testified before the U.N. Commission for the Status of Women in New York City.
The doctors challenged assumptions that the expansion of healthcare and women's rights demands the expansion of abortion. They stressed that pregnancies – even those considered to be high-risk – do not necessitate conflict between the needs of the mother and those of the child.