SEOUL, August 5, 2013 ( – Three women physicians were barred from giving talks to an international female medical society, because their research would expose the harms associated with abortion. 

Donna Harrison, Mary Davenport, and Martha Shuping were invited months ago to give lectures on complications of abortion for the Medical Women's International Association (MWIA). Donna Harrison's presentation demonstrated that nations with laws protective of mothers and unborn babies have excellent maternal mortality statistics. Mary Davenport was to give a talk about abortion as a risk factor for preterm birth, the cause of 15 million neonatal deaths each year internationally. Martha Shuping's presentation would describe case reports of women who suffered life-long psychological harm from abortion.

This was valuable information for physicians to hear, especially those from developing nations who are under tremendous pressure to legalize abortion due to the false belief that legalized abortion is a panacea for maternal mortality.


However, our presentations were cancelled at the last minute. This was not a total shock to us, because many physicians and scientists have long been hampered in attempts to inform the scientific community and patient about risks of abortion. Very important information has been suppressed and even lied about.  With the cancellation of our talks, our host, Anna Choi, who heada of a group of 680 Korean OB/GYN physicians who stopped doing abortions, had decided to set up a radio and newspaper interview for us during the time that we were supposed to give our presentations.

When we got to the “radio” interview that Anna had set up, it was actually a television interview, and a newspaper reporter was there also.

They put the three of us up front like a “panel” discussion, and the reporters started asking us questions about our presentation, allowing us an opportunity to talk about what we came to present.  

About 20 minutes into the interview,  the Secretary General of MIWA,  a Canadian,  burst into the room (I kid you not. …and all of this is on camera),  and came up to the table and said, “What presentation is this?   I said, “It's not a presentation.” She snarled, “Why are you being interviewed?” Anna, our host, said that this was a requested interview by the press.

The Secrertary General then said, “Who gave you permission to interview these people?” The reporters said, “We are the press, we don't need anyone's permission. We have freedom of the press.”   

The Secrertary General sneered at Anna and said, “Did you arrange this? Did you talk to the organizing committee?” Anna said, “I am on the organizing committee.  I don't need to talk to anyone.”  And the Secrertary General stood in front of the camera, and refused to move, and said, “The interview is over.” 

The reporters said, “You can't do this.  You are interfering with the freedom of the press.”  But the Secrertary General would not move and repeated, “The interview is over.”

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As we exited to the hall, a Belgian and a German woman were waiting. They began to make fun of the Korean translator, and to snap pictures in her face. After some back and forth that began as the women began grabbing and thrusting their hands toward the translator, a fist fight almost ensured between the women, but another of the Koreans stepped in.

All of this, again, was captured on camera. 

And then our Korean hosts ushered us down the hall, and down the elevator, along with the reporters and camera crew, and we resumed the interview in the commons area downstairs.  We were able to complete the entire interview,  and instead of our audience being a few women doctors from the conference,  we now have an audience of perhaps a few thousand.

It was an incredible display of arrogance on the part of the Canadian, U.S., and European physicians at the  MWIA, who initiatally preventing us from speaking.

It will be interesting to see what press picks this up. I just wish it would go viral, it's such a glaring example of exactly what we were saying about suppression of information.

You will be able to access the banned presentations at

Donna Harrison is executive director of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG).


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