Doctors Without Borders, known internationally by its French title, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), supports abortion, despite an official policy not to take a stand on the controversial issue. Chris Torgeson, spokesman for MSF, told LifeSite that the organization does not take a position on the issue. However, documents on the group’s website suggest otherwise.
Documents on the MSF website show that MSF provided medical utensils which it knew were to be used for abortions in North Korea.
An MSF document describing its activities in the country states: “Among patients hospitalized for gynecological reasons, around 50 per cent are for abortions. Before MSF distributed standard gynecological supplies, hospitals were performing caesareans, abortions and other surgical interventions with rusty instruments and without (sic) little or no anesthetic, sterilization equipment, antibiotics or anti-hemorrhaging drugs.”
Other documents show that MSF provides abortifacient morning after pills. An excerpt from the MSF publication “Refugee Health: An Approach to Emergency Situations” notes that MSF follows the guidelines of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in these situations. UNHCR has defined a “Minimum Initial Service Package” to be implemented on site as soon as possible, which according to MSF includes “the provision of emergency post-coital contraception (abortifacients) to those women who request it … guaranteeing the availability of free condoms to anyone who requests them … planning for provision of comprehensive reproductive health services (which, according to UN definition, includes abortion).”