I asked them to take note of the entry at the bottom of the document
|16 week old fetus. www.babycenter.com|
In 1990, on the Floor of the Legislature, the late Senator Elizabeth Arriola estimated that there were between 400 to 600:
Let me tell you, at the rate Guam Memorial Hospital is aborting children, between 400-600 a year, and most of them are not even reported. Where are the lives that we are going to protect and preserve? Here we go talking about indigenous rights and self-determination. What good is all that if we don't have our followers to follow and enjoy the fruits of our labor, of this generation's labor, of your labor and my labor to fix this island and have autonomous rights to govern our people? - (quoted in: Asian/Pacific Islander American Women: A Historical Anthology, pg. 372, edited by Shirley Hume, Gail M. Nomura)In my address to the senators, some of whom have fought our efforts to protect unborn life at every turn (see www.GuamOpenGovernment.org), I stated:
- that while we may disagree as to what extent abortion should be regulated, I believe we all agree that abortion is not the desired end of pregnancy, and
- that whether one is "pro-life" or "pro-choice," we should all agree that addressing the underlying societal factors that lead women to seek an abortion should be our common concern.
- That lawmakers should not be in the business of making laws that can be easily ignored - as is the current abortion reporting law.
- That there can be no serious investigation into the underlying societal factors which lead to aboriton without reliable data - which we demonstrably do not have.
- That whether or not it is the present bill or some variation thereof, the competent agency or department must be given the appropriate enforcement tools to ensure that reliable data is produced.
(In addition, there was further testimony by some of the above at another bill later in the day relative to the effects of second hand smoke. While the bill did not address the effects of second hand smoke on the unborn, Marilu Martinez and others used the opportunity to testify to bring this fact to the attention of lawmakers. More details on their testimony later.)
Maria Espinoza also submitted testimony here.
My testimony was oral with exhibits. A copy of the the exhibits can be downloaded here.
Following are some facts about abortion on Guam. More information can be found at www.Esperansa.org and www.GuamOpenGovernment.org
|Number of abortion since 2008|
|Number of abortions by Ethnicity 2014|
|Number of abortions by age 2014|
|Number of abortions by marital status 2014|
|Number of abortions by method|
Note that there were 15 abortions by Dilation and Extraction (D&E), a procedure that is currently seeing many bans in the states because of the incalculable pain experienced by the child as she is torn apart alive - as per the diagram below: