Abortion battle`s end looms

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
January 19, 2011

Having been a family planning
activist since 1965, I have witnessed and shared many
battles against those who seek to limit women`s choices
as to how many children they bear, when and under what

Recently, a group called Venture
Strategies has helped distribute

to more than a dozen countries in Asia
and Africa. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA), originally used for ulcers and now off-patent and
costing about 10 cents per pill, misoprostol helps stop
hemorrhaging during childbirth. Women also can use it to
terminate early pregnancies.


Rockefeller Commission`
s famous

recommendation favoring abortion choice so
galvanized the politically influential Roman Catholic
Church in America that it mounted an all-out attack on
all family planning. Subsequently, many U.S. civic and
political leaders who`d had good support for family
planning could not maintain that effective leadership.

A powerful U.S. force fostering
domestic and international family planning services
languished as world population needlessly rose from 3.9
billion in 1972 to 6.9 billion in 2010. U.S. population
went from 210 million in 1972 to 310 million now,
principally as the result of unchecked legal and illegal
immigration, aided and abetted by the

Catholic Church
and those seeking
cheap foreign labor.

Dr. Stephen D. Mumford fully
discusses this tragic history at population-security.org.
Why am I reiterating it? The advocates of abortion
choice are going to win their battle in the next decade
or so!

Why? Because the women of the world
have already discovered and are widely apprised of ways
to abort using medical means that need no attending
physician or clinic. Wow! Imagine: Women, as they should
have been all along, will soon be in charge.

Some governments will try to stop
importation of such medicines, but as one family
planning expert opined,
"Stopping medical abortion usage by women will be like stopping porn on
the Internet!"

Sadly, some who were for choice now
seem to show a weakness of spine in calling for
compromise with the anti-abortion crowd just as we are
close to winning. What compromise could there be? This
is a civil rights issue.

In November, as a member of a team
surveying successful family planning programs in
Cambodia and Vietnam — where abortion is legal and
widely and safely practiced — I learned how these safe,
economical and available pills routinely help women and
their families.

In Cambodia, a product called
Medabon is being provided through private clinics and
pharmacies carefully vetted in its use. Its promoters
and managers, based in Asia, apparently are not going to
bother with the U.S. FDA now, although U.S. women would
certainly find this product appealing. Used as
prescribed, it can induce early abortions up to 63 days
of pregnancy.

Medical abortions now constitute a
third of abortions obtained by U.S. women and the number
is expected to rise. Women opting for a clinic need a
trained provider. While pills take two or three days to
work, they are private and much cheaper. And the
"morning after"
pill can be used immediately if contraception failed or
was not used.

How can women be stopped from using
medicines that are already out there or will be in
abundance? They can`t and won`t be. Experts have
estimated that half of the last century`s births were
unintended, but with rapid distribution of all methods,
that need not be true in this century.

Those of us who favor all choices
for fecundity control will not let up despite this major
medical abortion breakthrough. Abortion as family
planning is not ideal, of course. An
inexpensive nonsurgical sterilization method
back up this coming progress. FDA approval for marketing
one such method,
is being sought (see


Is the day nearly here when women
can call the shots on childbearing? Yes!

Donald A. Collins [email
him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.