From the SFLA Blog

Kaiser Family Foundation Offers Cherry Picked List of Abortion Supporters A Platform for Pitching their Favorite Item to Sell – Abortion 

Kristi Hamrick - 21 Jun 2023

“Data is only reliable if the method for gathering it demanded high standards, and in Kaiser’s new ‘survey’ of abortion-supporting doctors, they offered money to fewer than 600 people to tell them more abortion was needed,” said Students for Life of America’s Kristan Hawkins. “Well, they got what they paid for as ‘sexual and reproductive health care’ vendors said America needs what they sell. Next, we will be hearing that a survey of children finds that Santa should bring more gifts, though in the case of abortion, the ‘gift’ is always more taxpayer funding. This kind of activism masquerading as science complicates the abortion debate, and women certainly deserve better than abortion.” 

“Abortion supporting ‘doctors’ with an agenda are why Students for Life of America has launched a Pregnancy Emergency Help Line with Heartbeat International. If the doctors Kaiser interviewed are confused about how to help pregnant mothers, please call us.”  

WASHINGTON D.C. (06-21-2023) – Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins called Kaiser Family Foundation’s “survey of cherry-picked medical vendors in the abortion space a discredit to their reputation as serious healthcare journalists. Usually, one looks to Kaiser for facts and not fiction, as offering to pay people engaged in ‘sexual and reproductive health care’ for their views on abortion policy is like asking the Tobacco Institute if cigarettes are safe. The bias inherent in the people selected makes this a news release for abortion, not useful information.”  

“Under Methodology, a page that required a real commitment to find, Kaiser reports that they sought out ‘OBGYNs who spend at least 60% of their time providing direct patient care and provide sexual and reproductive health care to at least 10% of their patients in an office-based setting.’”  

“That certainly sounds like a Planned Parenthood vendor,” noted Hawkins, adding, “Far from being a survey of doctors nationwide or those working in the delivery rooms of hospitals, Kaiser said they talked with 569 ‘providers (who) were sent an up-front cash $20 incentive in the first mailing to encourage respondents to complete the survey.’ And how interesting to note that Planned Parenthood reports that there are nearly 600 ‘health centers’ operating under their control. I wonder if there is any crossover in that conveniently similar population.”  

But at the heart of this “analysis” is Kaiser’s reporting, amplified by hyperventilating reporters, that the ‘doctors’ think maternal deaths might be on the rise.  

“I note that our friends at the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) seem missing from the reporting, despite their analysis and expertise in this area.” Hawkins said.  

In an AAPLOG 2019 report on Maternal Mortality and pregnancy, it’s noted that while birth is tracked for issue, abortion is not.  

In fact, “Published abortion mortality rates are inaccurate because the total number of legal abortions performed in the U.S. is not known. Estimated numbers of abortions are voluntarily reported to the CDC by state health departments. California, the state with the largest volume, does not report any data. The Guttmacher Institute also tracks these numbers, and it consistently reports higher numbers than the CDC. For example, the CDC reported 652,639 abortions in 2014 while the Guttmacher Institute reported 926,000.Twenty-seven states require abortion providers to report complications but there are no enforcement penalties for noncompliance. Only twelve states require coroners, emergency rooms and other health care providers to report abortion-related complications or deaths for investigation …”  

“A comprehensive record linkage study from Finland found that following an abortion, a woman was two to three times as likely to die within a year, six times as likely to commit suicide, four times as likely to die from an accident, and fourteen times as likely to be murdered, compared with a woman who carried to term. 

“Finnish studies also revealed that the risk of death from abortion (101 deaths per 100,000 ended pregnancies) was almost four times greater than the risk of death from childbirth (27 deaths per 100,000 ended pregnancies).” (Emphasis added.)  

“Corporate Abortion pushes a product in ways known to be unsafe. Consider that No Test, Online Distribution of Chemical Abortion Pills exposes women to injury, infertility, death, abusersThe harms of abortion may even extend to the environment. And yet the Biden Administration negligently champions death by abortion pills,” Hawkins noted.  

“Kaiser reports that the ‘doctors’ they spoke with claimed to be unable to help all their patients, so PLEASE CALL US,” said Hawkins. “Pro-life medical professionals and supportive services are standing ready.”  

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Students for Life Action (SFLAction), a 501c4, along with its 501c3 sister organization, Students for Life of America (SFLA), make up the nation’s largest pro-life youth organization and a political and policy operation engaging people of all ages. Together they work to end abortion — the human rights issue of our day — and provide political, legal, and community support for women and their children, born and preborn. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, SFLA has more than 1,300 groups on middle, high school, college, university, medical, and law school campuses in all 50 states. SFLA creates strategy, policy, and programming to connect those most targeted for abortion with people ready to help and builds a framework for political engagement on their behalf. SFLA and SFLAction have more conversations with those most targeted by the abortion industry than any other pro-life outreach in the world, reaching more than 2 million people across social media platforms each week and engaging in approximately 100,000 digital conversations per month. Over more than 16 years, President Kristan Hawkins has grown SFLAction/SFLA into an $18 million organization preparing for a Post-Roe America. 

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