Women Having Abortions in Britain Having Hard Time Getting Pregnant

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 30, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 30, 2006

London, England (LifeNews.com) — Women having abortions in England are finding it increasingly difficult to get pregnant afterwards. The phenomenon points to one of the medical consequences of having an abortion — infertility problems — which studies show is a risk factor in induced abortions.

Professor Bill Ledger, an abortion practitioner who also operates a fertility clinic in Sheffield, England has noticed a trend there that the European nation has high levels of abortions but equally high levels of women having problems conceiving.

Ledger tells the London Daily Mail newspaper of a 39 year-old woman who came to his clinic desperate to have a baby but unable to get pregnant.

In her 20s, she had an abortion and she asked Ledger whether that contributed to the problems.

"Is the abortion the reason why I can’t have children now. Was that my one chance to have a child?" she asked.

Ledger hears the question repeatedly, but still denied abortion’s link to infertility.

"It is a very sad situation. The two are disconnected, medically, but in these women’s minds they are very much connected," he told the London paper. "The infertility has nothing to do with the previous abortion. If a termination is carried out in a proper hospital then it should have no effect on future fertility."
However, according to Deveber Institute in Canada, "No previous births and an earlier abortion put a woman at significant risk of post-abortion complications leading to possible infertility."

A 1986 report, "Post-Abortal Endometritis and Isolation of Chlamydia Trachomatis," published in the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology says that not only is it possible to contract endometriosis from an abortion, but that the risk is higher for teenagers.

The report says teenagers are 2.5 times more likely than women 20-29 to acquire endometriosis following abortion.

Abortion businesses also acknowledge the risk that abortions can have in causing problems for women.

In a factsheet "Abortion: Questions and Answers" prepared by the Planned Parenthood of Edmonton, Canada for prospective patients, the abortion business acknowledges the endometriosis risk.

"Infections can occur from an abortion," PPE writes. "At worst the infection can become a case of endometriosis (the pelvic area becomes inflamed) and the uterus has to be removed surgically."Serious if treated early," PPE concludes — which leads to another post-abortion risk.

Research also shows that abortion can lead to infertility by increasing the risk of miscarriages.

A 1986 report in the medical journal Epidemiology reveals women with a history of abortion have a greater risk of fetal loss than women who had no previous abortions. Women with two prior pregnancies carried to term and no abortions had the lowest risk, while women with two prior abortions had the highest risk.

Meanwhile, a 1991 British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology article revealed that women with a history of abortion had a 1.5-1.7 times higher risk of ectopic pregnancy than women who had previously carried a pregnancy to term.

Still Professor Ledger is beginning to realize the heartbreak women have who regret their abortions or can’t have any more children.

"But, my goodness, do they regret having an abortion, especially when they find out later they can’t have children. Sometimes it is the most heartbreaking of consultations when in the process of 15 or 20 minutes you can change the way people see the whole picture of their lives," he told the Daily Mail.