LifeSiteNews reported Friday that the United Nations has been pressuring both Chile and Peru to end their prohibition on abortion, sometimes using false statistics as leverage.
Earlier in July, the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) issued a report urging that Chile lift its ban on abortion. The report said Chile "should establish exceptions to the general prohibition of abortion, contemplating therapeutic abortion and in those cases in which the pregnancy is a consequence of a rape or incest." The report also told Chile to ensure "that reproductive health services are accessible to all women and adolescents."
The report comes on the heels of recent statements made by Chile's President Michele Bachelet, who promised during her campaign to make legalized abortion a priority. In May, after her election, she delivered on that promise by stating the government will reopen the debate to possibly approve of "therapeutic abortions" by the end of 2014.
According to LifeSiteNews, the UN has been inflating statistics about the number of illegal abortions taking place in order to help fuel their campaign. The report suggests that over 150,000 illegal abortions take place in Chile per year, but those numbers, other than being very difficult to prove, have also been heavily scrutinized by a Chilean news publication, Chile B, which suggested the number of clandestine abortions per year range from 8,270 and 20,675, a far cry from 150,000.
Indeed, as LifeSiteNews pointed out, inflation of statistics, specifically illegal abortions, has been utilized by pro-choice organizations before in order to strong-arm their opponents into believing abortion helps the "common good." Before becoming pro-life, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), openly admitted his organization used such tactics.
During an interview in 2008, Nathanson stated, "“We claimed that between five and ten thousand women a year died of botched abortions,” he said. "The actual figure was closer to 200 to 300 and we also claimed that there were a million illegal abortions a year in the United States and the actual figure was close to 200,000. So, we were guilty of massive deception."