Studies - PreTerm Delivery / Premature Birth / Prematurity Complications

Early Preterm Birth, Adverse Perinatal Outcomes in Women…History…Abortion (Clin Mtg ACOG, 5/10)

Canadian Study Finds Strong Link Between Abortion and Premature Birth

A new study out of McGill University in Montreal has found a strong link between a past abortion and premature delivery in subsequent pregnancies.

Dr. Ghislain Hardy and his team did a chart review of 17,916 women who delivered at Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill’s teaching hospital.

Dr. Hardy’s team found that women with one past abortion were 45% more likely to give birth before 32 weeks, 71% more likely to do so at less than 28 weeks, and more than 50% more likely at less than 26 weeks.

They noted that the link was even greater where the woman had more than one abortion.

He presented the paper, entitled “Early Preterm Birth and Adverse Perinatal Outcomes in Women With a History of Induced Abortions,” at the 58th Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, held from May 15-19.

“Preterm birth is a major concern in our health-care system today. It is the most important cause of neonatal morbidity,” Dr. Hardy explained in his presentation, according to the Canadian Health Network. 

A study of the issue is important, he noted, because “an association between therapeutic abortion and prematurity has resurfaced in recent years.”

The link between abortion and subsequent premature delivery has been confirmed by a growing body of independent studies on the issue. 

Most significantly, in February 2009 a German team who evaluated over two million pregnancies between 1995 and 2000, found that the risk of very premature birth is increased by 30% after one abortion, and by 90% after more than one.

Dr. Hardy explained that abortion could lead to greater cervical sensitivity that might result in a greater proclivity towards premature delivery.

“Our study showed a significant increase in the risk of preterm delivery in the women with a history of previous induced abortion,” he said. “The association becomes stronger with decreasing gestational age and with an increasing number of therapeutic abortions.”

Related:

Second Abortion Increases Risk of Premature Babies 93%: Canadian Study
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/sep/09091703.html

Abortion Linked to Subsequent Pre-Term Births, New Research Again Confirms
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/jul/09070109.html

Massive German Study Confirms Abortion Significantly Increases Premature Birth Risk
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/feb/09021111.html

Study: Previous Abortions Linked With Pre-Term Birth and Cerebral Palsy
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007/oct/07102602.html

National Academies of Science: Abortion Linked to Subsequent Premature Birth
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2006/jul/06072806.html

["Early Preterm Birth and Adverse Perinatal Outcomes in Women With a History of Induced Abortions,” presented at the 58th Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, May 2010, http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/jun/10062208.html ; ALL Pro-Life Today | 23 June 2010]