Abortion - Archive

August 2005: Abortion

Another Study: Higher Substance Use Rates Among Pregnant Women After Previous Abortion

UK 2004 Abortion Numbers Increase 2.1% with MAP/EC Use

Czech Republic Abortion Numbers Fall

Abortion Business Owners Arrested for Using Unlicensed Medical Providers

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ANOTHER STUDY FINDS HIGHER SUBSTANCE USE RATES AMONG PREGNANT WOMEN AFTER PREVIOUS ABORTION: Findings Show Women With “Unwanted” Pregnancies Are Not More Likely To Use Drugs Or Alcohol — [British Journal of Health Psychology] women with a history of induced abortion are 3 times more likely to use illegal drugs during a subsequent pregnancy.

The study supports a growing body of evidence which suggests that later pregnancies may arouse unresolved grief over prior abortions which women may seek to suppress by increased reliance on drugs/alcohol. 

Researchers [Bowling St Univ; Univ of Texas; Elliot Inst] examined data from a study sponsored by HHS & the National Inst on Drug Abuse. The data included 1,020 women who gave birth in 1 of 8 Wash, D.C.-area hospitals during 1992.

Analyses of the data revealed that while women who had induced abortions were significantly more likely to engage in substance use during subsequent pregnancies, women who had experienced miscarriages or stillbirths were not.

Previous studies have found that women with a history of abortion are subsequently at increased risk for depression, generalized anxiety disorder, suicidal tendencies and psychiatric hospitalization.

At least 21 previous studies have linked abortion with increased rates of subsequent drug and alcohol abuse.

Substance use during pregnancy is an increasing public health concern. Alcohol/drug use has been linked to numerous problems in infants such as congenital birth defects, low birth weight, developmental and learning problems, & death.

This new study confirms a study recently published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology that also revealed higher rates of substance use during later pregnancies among women with a history of induced abortion. “Medical professionals should be aware of these issues so they can more easily identify which pregnant women are at greater risk of substance use,” Reardon said. “Referral to post-abortion counseling and substance abuse programs may not only help protect the unborn child from exposure to dangerous substances, it may also help the mother to resolve issues related to the traumas of a past abortion.”

Study Citation: Priscilla K. Coleman, D. Reardon, Jesse Cougle, “Substance use among pregnant women in the context of previous reproductive loss and desire for current pregnancy,” British Journal of Health Psychology (2005), 10:255-268. [www.afterabortion.info/news; www.afterabortion.org, Elliot Institute, 12Jul05]

 

ABORTION #s INCREASE 2.1% IN 2004 WITH EC USE — in England & Wales [over 2003]; abortions have been on the rise each of the last 3 years.

[Dr. DeCook editorial: “Emergency contraception [EC] went over the counter [OTC] in Britain in 1/2001. The abortion rate has risen each year since, as noted.

“Remember, in 12/03, future ACOG Pres Dickerson told the FDA panel on OTC-EC that  OTC-EC “had the potential to reduce induced abortion in the USA by 50%!!!  (that would be 600,000 less abortions).

“This is not the British experience.  But why more abortions?  Do you suppose women, esp teens, have bought into the deception that this stuff works as advertised?  Certainly the men have!! So, more sexual exposure is making more unwanted pregnancies is making more abortions…

“In Sweden, in the 5 years following OTC-EC availability (1998-2003), the teen abortion rate increased 31%.  (Medical minds blamed it on the economy and more kids dropping out of school.) Common sense tells us that if EC is available OTC, and the gov’t says it prevents pregnancy, kids will use it. 

“The Scotland & San Francisco studies show it does not work as advertised, does not decrease unwanted pregnancy nor abortion rates.”]  

The article continues: In the UK in 2004, the abortion rate in 2004 was highest for women in the 18-19 and 20-24 age groups and increased 6 percent (6%!!!) for girls under the age of 14. 

In 2000, the year before EC was made available without a prescription and over the counter, for England, Wales, and Scotland, there were 185,832 legal abortions.

[DeCook, M.D., cont’d: “Our guess is the young men are helping educate the under 14 girls about the benefits of OTC-EC. And why not?  It fits their agenda, and it is government and doctor sanctioned. And it may be coming to a drugstore near you soon. In light of Scotland and SF study, and the Swedish and UK experience, the FDA should not approve OTC status for EC.  This would be a travesty, for teens, especially, and for women in general.  It doesn’t work as advertised.  Commissioner, FDA  CDER, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD, 20852.”] [J DeCook MD, AAPLOG, 1Aug05; London, England LifeNews.com]

 

CZECH REPUBLIC ABORTION NUMBERS FALL — to their lowest levels since abortion was legalized in 1958: 27,574 abortions were performed in 2004, which is 5 times lower than their peak in the 1980s when the number of abortions nearly equaled the number of births. At that time, there were ~ 125,000 abortions annually, but by the mid 1990s, the number dropped in half to ~ 58,000. The number of abortions has decreased each year since 1988. Yet, only 2 hospitals in the entire country do not perform abortions. Abortion is legal in the country until the 12th week of pregnancy and for any reason. In the case of risk to the life or health of the mother, abortion is legal until birth. Abortion has dropped the birth rate to below replacement level – 1.13 — and causes a myriad of problems. Most of the eastern European nations have had alarmingly high abortion rates and numbers of abortions. In Russia, abortions are on the decline but still higher than birth rates as women continue to use abortion as birth control. [Prague, Czech Republic; Ertelt, LifeNews.com 28July2005]

ABORTION BUSINESS OWNERS ARRESTED FOR USING UNLICENSED DOCTORS — in Miami; they were using two people without medical licenses to perform abortions at their facility: Kieron Nisbet was not licensed to practice medicine in Florida. Nisbet  has fled to his homeland of Trinidad.  State officials are trying to revoke the license for the A Women’s Care II abortion business. A former employee told police that they ordered her to tell officials that Nisbet was not involved in the abortion facility. The abortionist at a 3rd site, Robelto Osborne, had his license revoked by the state months beforehand for botching a series of abortions and injuring women.   Police temporarily closed the abortion facility on 15Dec to execute a search warrant. [19July05, http://www.lifenews.com/state1122.html; N Valko RN, 20July05]

UK ABORTION NUMBERS INCREASE 2.1% IN 2004 WITH
EC USE< /STRONG> — in England & Wales [over 2003]; abortions have been on the rise each of the last 3 years.

[Dr. DeCook: “Emergency contraception [EC] went over the counter [OTC] in Britain in 1/2001. The abortion rate has risen each year since, as noted. Remember, in 12/03, future ACOG Pres Dickerson told the FDA panel on OTC-EC that  OTC-EC “had the potential to reduce induced abortion in the USA by 50%!!!  (that would be 600,000 less abortions).

“This is not the British experience.  But why more abortions?  Do you suppose women, esp teens, have bought into the deception that this stuff works as advertised?  Certainly the men have!! So more sexual exposure is making more unwanted pregnancies is making more abortions…

“In Sweden, in the 5 years following OTC-EC availability (1998-2003), the teen abortion rate increased 31%…Common sense tells us that if EC is available OTC, and the gov’t says it prevents pregnancy, kids will use it.  The Scotland & San Francisco studies say it does not work as advertised, does not decrease unwanted pregnancy nor abortion rates.”]  

The article continues: the UK abortion rate in 2004 was highest for women in the 18-19 and 20-24 age groups and increased 6 percent (6%!!!) for girls under the age of 14. 

[Dr. DeCook: “Our guess is the young men are helping educate the under 14 girls about the benefits of OTC-EC. And why not?  It fits their agenda, and it is government and doctor sanctioned. And it may be coming to a drugstore near you soon. Please write a brief note to the FDA urging them (in light of Scotland and SF study, and the Swedish and UK experience) not to approve OTC status for EC.  This would be a travesty, for teens, especially, and for women in general.  It doesn’t work as advertised.  Write Commissioner, FDA  CDER, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD, 20852.”] [J DeCook MD, AAPLOG, 1Aug05; London, England LifeNews.com]