Researchers Bullied, Silenced at International Conference for Daring to Expose Abortion’s Harm to Women

Researchers Banned From Giving Presentations
at International Women’s Conference

photo cc flickrMonths ago, researchers from the American Association of Pro-life Ob/Gyns were invited to give presentations on abortion’s impact on women at the Medical Women’s International Association, held this year in South Korea. But when they arrived in Seoul last week, they found themselves in an extremely hostile environment.

Dr. Mary Davenport, one of the banned presenters, sent us the presenters’ account of the events in Korea, and we are sharing it with you. Please pass this on to others to help get the word out about this incident.

Dr. Davenport’s Report

Here is the first-hand account of the incivilities and bullying endured by AAPLOG women doctors at the hands of MWIA officials in Seoul, Korea two days ago. The presentations were described by MWIA as “unscientific” and “political.” You should read them at and determine for yourself the quality of science they represent, and the degree of political propaganda they do or do not contain. You be the judge.

This account was written by the 3 AAPLOG women doctors involved:

Three women physicians, Donna Harrison, Mary Davenport and Martha Shuping, were invited months ago to give lectures on complications of abortion for the MWIA, the Medical Women’s International Association.

Donna Harrison’s presentation demonstrated that nations with laws protective of mothers and unborn babies have excellent maternal mortality statistics.

Mary Davenport had a talk about abortion as a risk factor for preterm birth, the cause of 15 million neonatal deaths each year internationally.

Martha Shuping had a presentation that included two case reports of women who suffered severe psychological harm from abortion, even though they had obvious risk factors that were not discussed in the informed consent process. These risk factors were actually quoted from an abortion provider textbook endorsed by the National Abortion Federation!

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, head 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 present.

When we got to the “radio” interview that Anna had set up, it was actually a television interview, and the 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 woman, burst into the room (I kid you not … and all of this is on camera), came up to the table, and said, “What presentation is this?” Donna Harrison said, “It’s not a presentation.” So she snarled, “Why are you being interviewed? At that point, the answers were left to Anna, our host. Anna said that this was a requested interview by the press.

The Sec Gen then said, “Who gave you permission to interview these people?” And the reporters said, “We are the press; we don’t need anyone’s permission. We have freedom of the press.” The Sec Gen snarled 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.” The Sec Gen stood in front of the camera, and refused to move, and said, “The interview is over.” Then the reporters said, “You can’t do this. We have the freedom of the press. You are interfering with the freedom of the press.” But the Sec Gen would not move and said, “The interview is over.”

We exited to the hall, and a Belgian and German woman were waiting. They started to make fun of the Korean translator, and to snap pictures in her face. And she said, “You can’t do this. This is my country. I will call the police.” They actually grabbed at her, and then one of the Korean reporters put a huge camera in the Belgian woman’s face and started taking photos of her. A fistfight almost ensured between the women, but another of the Koreans stepped in and kept any contact from happening. All of this was on camera.

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 by the trash cans and the bathroom. 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 probably a few thousand.

It was an incredible display of arrogance on the part of the Canadian, US and European physicians at the MWIA., who initiated 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

Mary L Davenport, MD, FACOG

Update: has further information on the officials involved in shutting down the AAPLOG presentation, including one identified as a senior advisor for the United States  Agency for International Development (USAID).

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