Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Spanish Health Ministry Findings

I am quoting the following article in full because it made such an impression on me.

Spanish Health Ministry points to ‘abandonment by men’ as main cause of

Madrid, May. 01, 2006 (CNA) - A report by the Spanish Ministry of Health is expected to affirm that abandonment by men, not social or economic problems or the supposed grave risks to the physical or psychological health of the mother is the main reason that women obtain abortions in Spain.

Although the report has not yet been made public, in an interview with the newspaper “Alba,” the country’s Health Minister, Elena Salgado, revealed that
“the fundamental conclusion of the report is that the main reason women abort is
because of abandonment by the man.”

“Curiously it has nothing to do with the alleged risks to the psychiatric health of the mother, which supposedly accounts for 97% of legal abortions in Spain. Nor do supposed socio-economic reasons stand out, despite the repeated threats to legally allow abortion for these supposed socio-economic reasons,” the newspaper pointed out.

The preliminary conclusions of the report also “coincide with a study carried out last December by the Association of Victims of Abortion (AVA) in which 3000 women between the ages of 14 and 40 who have had abortions were surveyed.”

That study showed that the “main motivating factor for the abortion in 87% of the cases was the lack of emotional support.” In addition, “in 71% of the cases, abandonment by the father is the result of ‘emotional blackmail’.

”The newspaper reported that the AVA study likewise points out that all the
women polled said they did not “receive sufficient information about the possible side-effects of abortion. The study also revealed that 99.1% of the women acknowledged the lack of information about alternatives to abortion, such as social or institutional assistance or adoption.”

“The data reveals the lack of support and the pressure endured by pregnant
women from fathers, work, society and doctors. If the message women received
were one of support,” the newspaper stated, “women would continue ahead with
their pregnancy.”

The AVA and other pro-family groups have called on the Ministry of Health to
create a network of support for women in difficult pregnancies. “For the moment, they have not received any response,” the newspaper reported.

I gotta say, this kind of data does not make me feel very "empowered" as a woman. Actually, there is similar data floating around the U.S., but I don't look for the media or the government to publicize it any time soon as it is not very PC. That's why the fact that the Spanish government is about to come out with this so impressed me.

There are few sexually active people who are intellectually deficient enough not to understand how babies are made. Therefore, maybe men and women should rethink some of their behaviors and demonstrate more personal responsibility. A man, for example, could consider whether he really respects a woman enough to make her the mother of his child before they actually make a baby together. And maybe a woman ought to consider if the guy is going to be there for the long haul before making the baby, rather than finding out afterward, when she faces the frightening decision of whether to go it alone, to give up her baby or to abort. I think greater personal responsibility and self-respect could go a long way to ending abortion as we now know it.

Source: CNA


At 5/05/2006 2:59 PM, Anonymous NosyNeighbor said...

Those are all nice thoughts regarding how to avoid unwanted pregnancy. Obviously, however, men and women (more commonly young adults who think they know everything) don't think before they act. We see this in all facets of life these days. Instant gratification -- no personal responsibility taken. Someone else is always to blame.

I wonder what the age breakdown was of the women having abortions in this study group. I saw that it said ages 14 - 40 but I wonder how many were teenagers and how many were older than say 25 - old enough to have sex but not to accept responsiblity for their actions.

At 5/05/2006 4:43 PM, Blogger Anna Venger said...

Yes, the age breakdown would have been good info to have.

What I was trying to say in a roundabout way is that the sexual revolution really sucks for women (little real empowerment) and that we need to train our daughters (and our sons) a little better than we've been doing.

My mom didn't do a lot in the training dept other than to tell me whenever she saw a girl pregnant or with a baby that it's STUPID to get pregnant before you're married. (Be sure to spit the word "stupid" to get the full effect.) It really stuck.


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