Pretty much a strawman. “Danger to health of mother” is the ultimate loophole for pro-aborts. It can be invoked at pretty much any time, and for all practical purposes, it is always invalid.
Are there rare cases in which abortion is justified?
As reported in The Lancet medical journal in August 2012, the German Breast Group followed 413 pregnant cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, and found little to no evidence of negative health effects on their infants.1 Delay of cancer treatment did “not significantly affect disease free survival” in this study, and chemotherapy was found to be relatively safe after the first trimester.
When you examine the actual fetal health risks of maternal chemotherapy, it looks like killing babies isn’t good healthcare after all.
Most physicians recommend an abortion before they will prescribe chemotherapy, however, it is not to save the mother’s life, but to protect themselves from litigation. I have witnessed physicians withhold life-saving care from a pregnant mother unless she gets an abortion, not because the abortion was necessary to save the mother’s life, but because their care or the medicine they planned to prescribe could have hurt or handicapped the baby and they feared a lawsuit.
The Dublin Declaration is a statement from physicians opposing the legalization of abortion in Ireland; they state, “As experienced practitioners and researchers in obstetrics and gynecology, we affirm that direct abortion – the purposeful destruction of the unborn child – is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman. We uphold that there is a fundamental difference between abortion and necessary medical treatments that are carried out to save the life of the mother, even if such treatment results in the loss of her unborn child.”
Congressman and obstetrician Ron Paul said he never saw an abortion that was medically necessary. Former Surgeon General Everett Koop said that abortion was “not needed to save the life of the mother.” He wrote, “In my thirty-six years in pediatric surgery I have never known of one instance where the child had to be aborted to save the mother’s life.”
Even Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Alan Guttmacher acknowledged, “Today it is possible for almost any patient to be brought through pregnancy alive, unless she suffers from a fatal illness such as cancer or leukemia, and, if so, abortion would be unlikely to prolong, much less save, life.”3