048 The fact is that there are clandestine abortions. Hence, would it not
        be better to legalize abortion in order to diminish their number?

a) It is certain that the number of clandestine abortions has been inflated precisely to instill fear and to change the law. How do we know that?

b) The French experience -- alongside that of other countries in which abortion had been liberalized -- shows that the Veil-Pelletier law did not make clandestine abortions disappear (discreetly described as "non-census" births.) According to some estimates, clandestine abortions would be almost as numerous as those "official" abortions included in the count. All of which is to say that their number has not decreased.

Establishing an abortion mentality inevitably incites women to have them performed for motives which are not anticipated by the law, and thus are performed clandestinely and "under bad conditions." That is easily understood: Since in a democracy to forbid something without imposing a sanction makes no sense, decriminalizing abortion inevitably contributes toward creating an abortion mentality which multiplies abortions both legal and clandestine. In this way, the Soviet Union has at times had more abortions than births.

HIPPOCRATIC & IDEOLOGICAL MEDICINE: http://www.simbahayan.org/B5-hippomed.html
MOTIVES FOR POPULATION CONTROL: http://www.simbahayan.org/B5-popmotives.html
DR JUAN FLAVIER IN CAIRO 1994: http://www.simbahayan.org/B5-flavierincairo94.html
AGAINST THE POPULATION BILL: http://www.simbahayan.org/sin961022-popbill.html
LEGISLATIVE PROCESS: http://www.simbahayan.org/B5-legisprocess.html
PRO-CHOICE LOBBY GROUP: http://www.infoteam.com/nonprofit/plcpd/
U.N. "POPSPEAK" DICTIONARY: http://www.popin.org/~unpopterms
1999 POPULATION BILL: http://www.simbahayan.org/HB8110.html
1999 ABORTION BILL: http://www.simbahayan.org/aborbill.html
VARIOUS SLIDES: http://www.simbahayan.org/defenslides.html
U.S. INTERVENTION: http://www.usaid-ph.gov/phn/directory.html
U.N. INTERVENTION: http://www.unfpa.org/front/links.htm