Abortions Increase Preterm Delivery Risk in Future Pregnancies

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 10, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

NATIONAL PRO-LIFE NEWS

Abortions Increase Preterm Delivery Risk in Future Pregnancies
June 10, 2003

Vancouver, Canada (LifeNews.com) — The U.S. has a very high preterm birth rate of nearly 12%. Preterm births are the number one cause of neonatal death and disease.

In an article in the Summer issue of Journal of American
Physicians and Surgeons, authors Brent Rooney and Dr. Byron
Calhoun present an overwhelming case that prior induced abortions
boost a woman’s risk of a preterm delivery. (Induced Abortion and
Risk of Later Premature Births, Brent Rooney and Byron C.
Calhoun, M.D., JAPS 2003;8(20:46-4) A copy of the abstract is
below.

To download, see https://www.jpands.org/jpands0802.htm

The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons is the
publication of the Tucson-based Association of American
Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).


Induced Abortion and Risk of Later Premature Births
Brent Rooney and Byron C. Calhoun, M.D.
Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons 2003;8(2):46-49

ABSTRACT

At least 49 studies have demonstrated a statistically significant
increase in premature births (PB) or low birth weight (LBW) risk
in women with prior induced abortions (IAs). This paper will
focus on the risk of early premature births (EPBs) (< 32 weeks
gestation) and extremely early premature births (XPBs) (< 28
weeks gestation).

Large studies have reported a doubling of EPB risk from two prior
IAs. Women who had four or more IAs experienced, on average, nine times the risk of XPB, an increase of 800 percent. These results
suggest that women contemplating IA should be informed of this
potential risk to subsequent pregnancies, and that physicians
should be aware of the potential liability and possible need for
intensified prenatal care.

Brent Rooney is the research director of the Reduce Preterm Risk
Coalition; Byron C. Calhoun is a doctor of maternal-fetal
medicine.