Having an abortion is dangerous for subsequent children, an
international team of researchers has concluded. The team, led by
Robbert van Oppenraaij of Erasmus MC University Medical Centre,
presented their findings on Monday to the 25th Annual Meeting of the
European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) in
In his presentation, Dr. van Oppenraaij reported that one abortion
increases the risk of premature birth in a next pregnancy by 20
percent. With two or more abortions, the risk is raised by 90 percent,
and the risk of a very premature birth - meaning 34 weeks or less - is
"It can be concluded," said Dr. van Oppenraaij, "that a history of
abortion is associated with an increased risk for premature delivery
and very premature delivery."
The conference presentation was based on a March 2009 article published
by the team in the ESHRE's Human Reproduction Update. The
consisted of a literature review of over 75 investigations conducted
between 1980 and 2008, focusing on predicting the health of pregnancies
based on early pregnancy complications.
The article admits the difficulty of predicting adverse pregnancy
outcomes after abortion because of the many variables, such as
different abortion methods and gestational age. Nevertheless,
say, "it can be concluded that a history of TOP [termination of
pregnancy] is associated with an increased risk for PPROM [preterm
premature rupture of membranes], PTD [preterm delivery] and VPTD [very
preterm delivery]. These risks depend on the number of TOP."
Numerous independent studies have found this link between abortion and
premature births in subsequent pregnancies, as LifeSiteNews.com has
reported. Most significantly, LSN reported in February this year
the findings of a German team who evaluated over two million
pregnancies between 1995 and 2000. According to this study, the risk of
very premature birth is increased by 30 percent after one abortion, and
by 90 percent after more than one.
Contact: Patrick B. Craine
Date: June 29, 2009
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