In a tweet on Sunday, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee addressed recent immigration outrage expressed in the media, asking “Where is outrage over PERMANENT separation” of a child and mother from abortion?
“I don’t like immigrant children being temporarily separated from parents,” wrote Gov. Mike Huckabee in a tweet, “but where is outrage over PERMANENT separation of a child and mother when the baby is ripped apart in the mother’s womb by knives [sic] of abortionists?”
I don't like immigrant children being temporarily separated from parents, but where is outrage over PERMANENT separation of a child and mother when the baby is ripped apart in the mother's womb by knives of abortionists?— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 17, 2018
Gov. Huckabee’s tweet came as Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) pointed to “credible” media reports, in a letter to Nielsen and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar dated June 16, “describing instances where parents and children seeking asylum at a port of entry have been separated,” reports CNSNews.com.
According to CNSNews, “[i]n a series of tweets over the weekend, DHS Secretary Nielsen wrote:
‘We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.
‘You are not breaking the law by seeking asylum at a port of entry.
‘For those seeking asylum at ports of entry, we have continued the policy from previous Administrations and will only separate if the child is in danger, there is no custodial relationship between 'family' members, or if the adult has broken a law.
‘This misreporting by Members, press & advocacy groups must stop. It is irresponsible and unproductive. As I have said many times before, if you are seeking asylum for your family, there is no reason to break the law and illegally cross between ports of entry.’”
In America, according to the most recent data from a CDC report, there were a total of 652,639 abortions reported for 2014. “[T]he abortion rate for 2014 was 12.1 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years, and the abortion ratio was 186 abortions per 1,000 live births.”
The CDC data arrange the data by method type, which include: “surgical abortion, § intrauterine instillation, medical [nonsurgical] abortion, or hysterectomy/hysterotomy.”
Abortion is defined by the CDC as “an intervention performed by a licensed clinician ((e.g., a physician, nurse-midwife, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant) that is intended to terminate an ongoing pregnancy.
“Most states and reporting areas that collect abortion data now report if an abortion was medical or surgical. Medical abortions are legal procedures that use medications instead of surgery.”
NIH U.S. National Library of Medicine MedlinePlus defines surgical abortion as “a procedure that ends an undesired pregnancy by removing the fetus and placenta from the mother's womb (uterus).
“Surgical abortion is not the same as miscarriage. Miscarriage is when a pregnancy ends on its own before the 20th week of pregnancy.”
MedlinePlus further describes the procedure as follows: “Surgical abortion involves dilating the opening to the uterus (cervix) and placing a small suction tube into the uterus. Suction is used to remove the fetus and related pregnancy material from the uterus.”