International Pro-Life Women Leaders

All too often, our focus on ending abortion in the United States keeps us from seeing the fight for life at the international level. The reality is, however, that only 3% of the world’s abortions occur in the United States. According to the Guttmacher Institute (the research arm of Planned Parenthood), there are 42 million abortions world-wide every year. So who is speaking up for life internationally? Here is a look at some of the world’s pro-life and pro-woman leaders.

 Corazon Aquino
Corazon Aquino, The Philippines

As the president of the Philippines, Corazon Aquino signed Proclamation 214 in 1998, declaring every second week in February, “Respect and Care for Life Week.”

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Former Ambassador Mary Ann Glendon
Former Ambassador Mary Ann Glendon, Vatican

Mary Ann Glendon was appointed as United States Ambassador to the Vatican in February, 2008. She is only the second woman to be appointed Ambassador to the Holy See. Glendon has spoken up for the rights of the unborn, both in the United States and abroad.

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Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan
Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan

The late Benazir Bhutto was not only the first female prime minister of Pakistan, but also the first female leader of any Muslim state. She was dedicated to women’s rights for both the born and unborn.

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Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa, India

Mother Teresa tirelessly fought for the dignity of human life all around the world. Her work as a nun in Calcutta, India inspired the world to look with love upon all the suffering members of society. A woman of great compassion, Mother Teresa was not afraid to speak up against injustices.

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President Pratibha Patil, India
President Pratibha Patil, India

President Patil became India’s first female president in July of 2007. Like Benazir Bhutto, she led the fight for dignity for unborn girls. In her first address as president, she said, “We must banish malnutrition, social evils, infant mortality and female foeticide.”

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Rosario Murillo
Rosario Murillo, Nicaragua

Rosario Murillo, the wife of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, has helped lead the fight to ban abortion in her country. In 2006, Nicaragua passed a blanket ban on abortions.

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Susan B Anthony List
Senator Ursula Stephens, Australia

Senator Ursula Stephens is the President of the New South Wales Labor Party in Australia. She has long been an outspoken advocate for the right to life, and her votes reflect her dedication to the cause. She has long been an outspoken advocate for the right to life, and her votes reflect her dedication to the cause.

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