USAID Rep Shuts Down Workshop on Abortion Complications

A USAID employee shut down a workshop on abortion complications just hours before doctors were to present at a medical conference in South Korea. Her associate then physically blocked TV cameras from interviewing the physicians.

Claudia Morrissey Conlon, a senior advisor with USAID, and Shelley Ross objected to presentations on medical complications of abortion at the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) conference.

One presentation explained how abortion advocates co-opted maternal/newborn efforts to promote abortion as a way to reduce maternal deaths. The information was gleaned from Women Deliver meetings where attendees were told to oppose obstacles to abortion, like ultrasounds and health providers’ right to refuse to do abortions.

Morrissey is a “maternal newborn health advisor” at USAID and a coordinator for Women Deliver.