Vietnam Abortions Causing High Infertility Rates There, Studies Back Data

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 15, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 15,

Hanoi, Vietnam ( — The Asian nation of Vietnam is experiencing high rates of infertility among women there, which is another sign of the damage abortion causes women. The number of abortions in the communist nation is staggeringly high and government figures show one woman dies every five days from abortions there.

Dr. Le Thi Phuong Lan, deputy director of the Central Hospital for Obstetrics and Gynaecology’s Reproductive Assistance Centre, has noticed the recent infertility problems.

He commented on the case of Thu Trang, who was recently diagnosed with an obstructed ovary tube, which will prevent her from having any more children.

Trang had used a contraceptive intra-uterine device and Dr. Lan told Viet Nam News that such devices are causing the problems. He said previous figures from the government showed that the devices caused infections accounting for 40 percent of the cases of infertility last year and that the number has risen to 56 percent.

But Dr. Lan said similar problems are occurring after abortions.

He said that a survey conducted by Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City found that women who had abortions were 5.2 percent more likely to suffer from infertility. The number of women who suffered from obstructed or infected ovary tubes after having abortions accounted for 40-60% of infertility cases.

That abortion would lead to infertility is not surprising as previous research has shown abortions can lead to endometriosis and cause future pregnancy problems.

According to the 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."

In addition, 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.

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.

The incidence of infertility will only increase until Vietnam does more to reduce the high abortion numbers.

The local Pioneer newspaper reported in April 2006 that there are 83 abortions for every 1,000 Vietnamese women of the childbearing age. That compares with a birth rate of only 17 babies born per 1,000 women.

The report said the averagel Vietnamese woman has approximately 2.5 abortions in her lifetime.

Vietnam has long had one of the highest abortion rates in both Asia and the world and the number of abortions has been on the rise. According to national health statistics, 760,000 abortions were carried out in 1989, 1.3 million in 1994 and 1.4 million in 1995.

In 1999, the pro-abortion Alan Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood, reported that Vietnam had the highest abortion rate of any nation.