Will the WHO advocate “unconditional abortion for up to nine months”, as France Soir asserts?

The World Health Organization noted on March 9 that “all deaths and injuries from unsafe abortion are fully preventable” and presented a new set of recommendations, based on several studies, aimed at promoting access to abortion worldwide. A document notably taken up by France Soir’s blog, whose title on March 29, “Unconditional abortion of up to nine months recommended by the World Health Organization.”

This article from the online blog, which campaigns specifically to take hydroxychloroquine to fight Covid-19, has been shared more than 2,500 times on Facebook, according to the Crowdtangle tool. This article was also Share Written by Jerome Riviere, MEP and spokesperson for Eric Zemmour, as spotted by LCI.

The WHO will also recommend limiting the rights of health professionals to refuse to perform abortions for reasons of conscience or to “stop requiring women to need the consent of a doctor or nurse to have an abortion.” These allegations were already made a few days ago in the British newspaper mail on sundayThey belong to the same group as him daily Mail.

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Based on studies, the World Health Organization recommends raising the time limits for the termination of pregnancy, as this delays access to abortion or has consequences for women’s health. The international organization notes that “pregnancy can be safely terminated regardless of the gestational age. [qui correspond au nombre de semaines après les dernières règles] “Gestational age limits are not based on evidence,” she adds.

To make this recommendation, which the organization already made in an earlier report published in 2012, WHO reviewed 21 studies published between 2010 and 2020 and carried out in seven countries (Austria, Belgium, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States states). Limiting gestational age delays access to abortion,” particularly among women who seek abortion at a later gestational age, women who are close to the minimum gestational age, and those who live in areas where access to clinics is limited. These restrictions are associated with It also ‘increased maternal mortality and poor health outcomes’.

“Restricting access to abortion does not reduce the number of abortions”

Some women wishing to terminate a pregnancy are particularly affected by these restrictions: “People with cognitive disabilities, adolescent girls, younger women, [celles] living far from clinics, [celles] who have to travel for an abortion, [celles] with a low level of education, “Finally” [celles] facing financial difficulties and [celles] Unemployed “.

The World Health Organization stresses 20 minutes that “when services are available and accessible, the majority of abortions are performed at an early stage,” which accounts for “more than 90% of abortions” in “high-income countries.” The organization also states that “restricting access to abortion does not reduce the number of abortions but increases the likelihood that women and girls will resort to dangerous methods.” She notes that “each year more than 25 million unsafe abortions are performed, endangering the lives and well-being of women and girls around the world.”

Lifting third-party authorization permissions to enhance access to abortion

France Soir’s article contains further confirmations of WHO recommendations. It reads that the organization will advocate “stop asking women to need doctor or nurse approval to terminate pregnancy”. The World Health Organization, in Recommendation No. 7, recommends revoking all permits for abortion by a third party, whether that third party is a “parent”, “spouse” or even a “health professional”. Here again, the World Health Organization has relied on studies, a total of 32, showing that this type of authorization delays access to abortion.

The World Health Organization will also recommend “creating ‘pills’ in mail systems so that women can receive abortion medicines after a phone call,” according to France Soir and mail on sunday. This method is not explicitly mentioned in the WHO document. International Organization Remember 20 minutes An abortion, when performed in accordance with a method recommended by the World Health Organization, appropriate to the duration of pregnancy and assisted by a person with the necessary information or skills, is a very simple and safe procedure. In the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, the World Health Organization recommends two methods, including medical abortion. This “can be safely self-administered by the pregnant woman outside a health care facility (eg, at home), in whole or in part”, defines the World Health Organization.

This abortion should be done with the support: “This assumes that the woman has access to accurate information, quality medicines and the support of a qualified health worker (if she needs it or if she wants it during the procedure). »

The last point raised by France Soir and mail on sundayThe World Health Organization recommends “limiting the right of health professionals to refuse to participate in abortions for reasons of conscience”. This is not exactly what the World Health Organization recommends: it advises regulating health systems in such a way that conscientious objection “does not harm or impede” access to abortion. But she warns that “if this proves impossible…
To regulate conscientious objection in a way that respects, protects and fulfills the rights of abortion seekers, conscientious objection to abortion can become untenable.”

Abortion in France is practiced until the fourteenth week after the first day of the last menstruation, that is, twelve weeks of pregnancy. Mandatory medical consultation before abortion, in addition to a psychological interview for minors. A woman who wants to terminate a pregnancy has nothing to pay, as the costs are covered by health insurance 100%. Finally, an observation visit is made after the abortion.

Medical termination of pregnancy (IMG) can also be performed at any time during pregnancy, Servicepublic.fr specifies. This is possible in two scenarios: when “the continuation of the pregnancy constitutes a serious risk to the woman’s health”, or when “there is a strong possibility that the unborn child will be affected by a particular risk recognized as incurable”.

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