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Group of women in Northern Vietnam volunteer to give proper burial to aborted babies

In the Tien Du district close to the city of Bac Ninh in Northern Vietnam, a group of women are volunteering around the clock to help pregnant women, and to help bury and pray for babies that have died as a result of abortion or miscarriage.

Working even through the night, the volunteers will often travel 100 kilometres from home to visit pregnant women if they receive calls requesting their help.

Mary Pham Thi Hoai, one of the members, said: “We wish all women who have unwanted pregnancies, run into financial difficulties in giving birth and even have babies die for any reason, to contact us and get our help. We never hesitate about challenges but are at their service around the clock”.

Hoai recounted a story in which a female doctor from a local hospital phoned her to ask the group to assist a young mother who had given birth to a premature baby who had passed away after being in an incubator for 10 days. The baby’s father also appealed to the group to bury his newborn baby.

Hoai and another of the group’s members travelled to the hospital immediately, where the mother also asked for their help burying the baby as they did not have the funds to take their baby home for burial.

She described how the doctor handed the body of the baby to the woman’s husband, who walked towards the hospital gates with it in his arms, as Hoai carried their luggage and led his wife from the hospital. Both handed over the baby to Hoai’s helpers as they expressed their intense grief.

Abortion in Vietnam

40 per cent of all pregnancies in Vietnam end in abortion according to a study by doctors at Hanoi’s Central Obstetrics Hospital, giving it one of the highest abortion rates in the world.

Although sex-selective abortion is illegal in Vietnam, male-to-female birth ratios are as high as 150 to 100 in some provinces and 120 to 100 in the capital city of Hanoi. A ratio of roughly 105 male births for every 100 female ones is generally seen as natural and normal.

A recent study conducted into repeat abortions in the country found the odds of a repeat abortion were greater among women with at least two daughters rather than among those with only one (odds ratio, 2.9). In 2015, Vietnamese television aired an interview with a woman who selectively aborted 18 girl babies trying to give birth to a son.

Maternal health in Vietnam

While maternal child health indicators in Vietnam compare favourably with similar income countries, there are many heightened risks associated with pregnancy and birth in comparison to more developed economies.

According to UNICEF: “Inadequate and limited access to health care during pregnancy, childbirth and early childhood means 600 maternal deaths and more than 10,000 neonatal deaths are recorded in the country each year”.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “The situation in regards to abortion and maternal health in Vietnam is a tragedy, but the work of this small group of volunteers to change things around should be an inspiration to all pro-lifers. It is easy to believe in the dignity of unborn children and the need to help pregnant women, and it is another to live out those values. We could all learn something from their example”.

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Thanks to the support from people like you, last year a major attempt to hijack the UK Government’s flagship Domestic Abuse Bill with two extreme abortion proposals failed, in a major pro-life victory.

Unfortunately, this is not the end for our opposition.

We are currently facing major threats on five separate fronts:

  1. Pro-abortion MP Rupa Huq has brought forward an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to introduce a jail term of up to two years if a pro-lifer offers support or advice to a woman near an abortion clinic. This is a threat to unborn babies and to freedom of speech.
  2. The assisted suicide lobby has brought forward a bill to legalise assisted suicide, which was introduced to the House of Lords on 26 May.
  3. The Northern Ireland Secretary has given himself new powers to force expanded abortion services on Northern Ireland.
  4. The abortion lobby is further exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to attempt to make dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortions available permanently.
  5. The abortion lobby is expected to make another attempt to change abortion law to allow abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth.

If these major threats from our opposition are successful, it would be a disaster. Thousands of lives would be lost. 

Fighting both the abortion and assisted suicide lobbies over this period has already made a huge dent in Right To Life UK's limited resources.

To cover this gap and ensure we effectively defeat these proposals during this period, we must raise at least £200,000.

We are, therefore, asking people like you to please give as generously as you can. Every donation, no matter how small, will make a significant difference.

By stopping these threats, YOU can save lives over this coming period.

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