A new manual by the World Health Organization (WHO) on how to do abortions is facing criticism for advocating substandard medical care and a ban on all limits to abortion. Aimed particularly at poor women in developing countries, the manual downplays medical oversight and recommends disposing of the “waste,” including babies’ remains, in sewers or latrines.
A review of the WHO’s “Safe Abortion: Technical and Policy Guidance for Health Systems” just published by C-FAM (publisher of the Friday Fax) has found the agency “recommending abortion practices for women in poor countries that have been rejected by medical experts in the developed world.”
The review, which was peer reviewed by experts in medicine and international law, concludes the WHO’s guidance is designed to make abortion more widespread. The WHO discourages customary practices such as exams to detect ectopic pregnancies or complications.