Abortion Linked to Pre-Term and Post-Term Complications
A new study has shown that women who abort are TWICE as likely
to have pre-term or post-term deliveries.
Below is a description of a new study that should require revision
of Women's Right to Know booklets.
Zhou, Weijin, et. al., "Induced Abortion and Subsequent Pregnancy
Duration," Obstetrics & Gynecology 94(6):948-953 (Dec. 1999).
Using three Danish national registries, researchers at the
Danish Epidemiology Science Center identified 61,753 women who had their
first pregnancies in 1980, 1981, or 1982. Of these 15,727 had a first trimester
Subsequent pregnancy outcomes for all of these women was tracked
until 1994. Women who had one, two, or more previous induced abortions
were, respectively, 1.89, 2.66, or 2.03 times more likely to have a subsequent
Prior induced abortion not only increased the risk of premature delivery,
it also increased the risk of delayed delivery. Women who had one, two,
or more induced abortions were, respectively, 1.89, 2.61, and 2.23 times
more likely to have a post-term delivery (over 42 weeks).
ACTION STEP #1
Many States with Women's Right to Know laws prepare booklets
for women considering abortion that are supposed to accurately describe
the risks of abortion. Few truly do, since the preparation by the relevant
state agency is highly politicized. Often these booklet inform women that
abortion poses no significant risk to subsequent pregnancies.
This Danish study is the best to date on abortion's effect on subsequent
pregnancy outcomes. Women have a right to know this information.
Contact your state and local pro-life groups urging them to insist that
any state prepared booklets describing the risks of abortion should be
revised to include this information. Premature delivery is the leading
cause of neo-natal handicaps and neo-natal deaths.
Informed consent booklets should also be revised to advise women of
the four to six fold increased risk of substance
abuse and suicide following
States that refuse to modify their booklets are subject to lawsuits
for (1) failing to comply with the requirements of their own informed consent
laws and (2) for misinforming women about the true risks of abortion.
ACTION STEP #2
Please forward this to as many pro-lifers as you know.