Abortion causes premature deliveries later on
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Having an abortion almost doubles a woman's risk of giving birth
dangerously early in a later pregnancy, according to research that will provoke
fresh debate over the most controversial of all medical procedures.
A French study of 2,837 births - the first to investigate the
link between terminations and extremely premature births - found that mothers
who had previously had an abortion were 1.7 times more likely to give birth to a
baby at less than 28 weeks' gestation. Many babies born this early die soon
after birth, and a large number who survive suffer serious disability.
The research leader, Dr Caroline Moreau, an epidemiologist at the
Hôpital de Bicêtre in Paris, said the results of the study, which appear in the
British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, provided conclusive evidence of a
link between induced abortion and subsequent pre-term births.
Last night anti-abortion campaigners seized on the evidence to
demand that all women seeking a termination be warned, routinely, that they are
jeopardising the well-being of future babies. A series of earlier, smaller
studies had failed to provide clear evidence of a link and so women currently
opting for an abortion are not warned of the risk.
Dr Moreau said: "Clearly there is a link. The results suggest
that induced abortion can damage the cervix in some way that makes a premature
birth more likely in subsequent pregnancies."
Her study compared the medical histories of 2,219 women with
babies born at less than 34 weeks with another 618 who had given birth at full
term. Overall, women who had had an abortion were 40 per cent more likely to
have a very pre-term delivery (less than 33 weeks) than those without such a
history. The risk of an extremely premature baby - one born at less than 28
weeks - was raised even more sharply, by 70 per cent. Abortion appeared to
increase the risk of most major causes of premature birth, including premature
rupture of membranes, incorrect position of the foetus on the placenta and
spontaneous early labour. The only common cause of premature birth not linked to
abortion was high blood pressure.
Mr Peter Bowen-Simpkins, a spokesman for the Royal College of
Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and a consultant obstetrician at the Sancta
Maria Hospital in Swansea, said the study revealed that abortion might not be as
safe as previously supposed. "This study shows that surgical termination of
pregnancies may have late complications and may not be without risk," he
About 185,000 women have abortions in Britain each year, for
social or medical reasons, and last night anti-abortion campaigners seized upon
the new study as evidence that the risks have been underplayed.
Jack Scarisbrick, the chairman of the campaign group Life, said:
''We have been saying for years that surgical abortion inevitably increases the
risk of later problems. It seems that the abortion procedure carries with it
risks that women will know nothing about until they become pregnant with a
'wanted' child later on."
About 80,000 babies in the UK and Ireland are born prematurely
each year; 17,000 of these need intensive care.
A spokesman for Marie Stopes International, which is the largest
provider of abortions outside the NHS, said that women seeking terminations were
not told of increased risks of premature births "because so far, they have not
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