‘Women Deliver’ Won’t Deliver for Women

Today is the third and final day of Women Deliver’s global conference, being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 2007 by Jill Sheffield, the organization “works globally to generate political commitment and financial investment for fulfilling Millennium Development Goal #5 — to reduce maternal mortality and achieve universal access to reproductive health.”

Without neglecting important work that Women Deliver is accomplishing in the Third World, that last phrase should raise suspicions. “Reproductive health” has become a euphemism for the ugliest hopes of progressive feminism, chiefly on-demand abortion, and Women Deliver’s global conference certainly delivers on that front: U.S. Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius, whose mandate issued last year requires religious employers to pay for their employees’ contraception and sterilization coverage, spoke at the conference, alongside euthanasia advocate Peter Singer and later-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, both tapped to train “family planning” supporters.

A bit of background on each: Singer is a Princeton University “ethicist” who has long advocated not only unrestricted abortion but infanticide, arguing in Rethinking Life and Death:

Human babies are not born self-aware or capable of grasping their lives over time. They are not persons. Hence their lives would seem to be no more worthy of protection that the life of a fetus.

Meanwhile, what Singer theorizes about, Carhart puts into practice. Caught in a Live Action News sting comparing a child in the womb to “meat in a Crock Pot,” he claims to have performed more than 20,000 abortions on women who were more than 24 weeks pregnant — frequently purely elective, sometimes illegal under state law.

But if the mass slaughter of innocents makes him a “family planning” expert, the case of Jennifer Morbelli should disqualify Carhart from any “women’s health event.” The 29-year-old Morbelli died in February of this year when Carhart botched her 33-week abortion, although Maryland officials identified “no deficiencies” in her care at the clinic. In 2005, Christin Gilbert died at his hands, as well, from complications during an abortion.

According to Women Deliver, “five causes are responsible for nearly three-quarters of all maternal deaths” in developing countries. Among them? “Unsafe abortion.”

The featured guests at this year’s Women Deliver conference should make any reasonable person question the organization’s seriousness when it comes to “improving the lives of women, children and families.”

Ian Tuttle — Ian Tuttle is the former Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellow at the National Review Institute.

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