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The Maternal Death Rate from Abortion is almost 3 times higher than the Death Rate from Childbirth, according to a 13-year population study of pregnancy-associated deaths [American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology].

The study found that the mortality rate associated with abortion is 2.95 times that of the mortality rate associated with pregnancies carried to term.

Put another way: the maternal mortality rate associated with abortion is 195% higher than the maternal mortality rate associated with pregnancies carried to term.

The study included the entire population of women 15-49 years of age in Finland, 1987-2000. The researchers linked birth and abortion records to death certificates. The annual death rate of women who had abortions in the previous year was 46% higher than that of non-pregnant women

Women who carried to term had a significantly lower death rate than non-pregnant women.

Non-pregnant women had 57.0 deaths per 100,000, compared to 28.2 for women who carried to term, 51.9 for women who miscarried, and 83.1 for women who had abortions.

The authors [lead Mika Gissler, Finland's National Research/Dev’t Centre for Welfare/Health] concluded: pregnancy contributes to a healthy effect on women. The study also revealed the difficulties involved in identifying direct & indirect effects of pregnancy on subsequent deaths.

An examination of deaths from natural causes that were identified as "not pregnancy related" revealed that women who had abortions were significantly more likely (1.7 times) to die from natural causes that were not attributed to pregnancy on the death certificates. They were also 6.3 times more likely to die from violent causes.

This is the second record-based study to be published in the last 18 months to show that the death rates following abortion are significantly higher than those associated with birth.

The other study [Southern Medical Journal] linked death records to Medi-Cal payments for births & abortions for ~173,000 low income CA women. In that study, researchers found that women who had abortions were almost twice as likely to die in the following 2 years and that the elevated mortality rate of aborting women persisted over at least 8 years.


Gissler M, Berg C, Bouvier-Colle MH, Buekens P. Pregnancy-associated mortality after birth, spontaneous abortion or induced abortion in Finland, 1987-2000. Am J Ob Gyn 2004; 190:422-427.

Reardon DC, Ney PG, Scheuren F, Cougle J, Coleman PK, Strahan TW. Deaths associated with pregnancy outcome: a record linkage study of low income women. South Med J 2002 Aug;95(8):834-41.