Studies - PreTerm Delivery / Premature Birth / Prematurity Complications

Preterm Delivery/Birth Prevention: Avoid Abortion

 This is a Commentary that cites several published studies on preterm delivery and premature birth.

Preventable Cause of Preterm Delivery/Birth Continues 'Behind Closed Doors'           

"Terrorism, killing & maiming, is 'OKAY' if done discreetly BCD (Behind Closed Doors)."
In 2013 about 80 wanted unborn babies will be killed and 20 will be crippled with Cerebral Palsy (CP) for life in Massachusetts, inflicted via surgical terror. Prove it!!! No problem.

In 1987, Harvard University researchers, led by Ellice Lieberman ( <[email protected]> ), reported in the very prestigious New England Journal of Medicine that Black-Boston women with more than one prior IA (Induced Abortion) nearly double (1.9 times) their risk of a future premature baby.[1, Lieberman]

'Preemies', especially those under 32 weeks' gestation, have a higher chance of dying in their first year of life; also, 'preemies' have increased odds of 'MACE' (Mental retardation, Autism, Cerebral palsy, Epilepsy) disorders, plus raised risk of blindness, deafness, respiratory distress, gastrointestinal injury, and serious infections.[2, Behrman] Those newborns under 32 weeks' gestation have 55 times the Cerebral Palsy risk as do full-term newborn babies.[3, Himpens]

In October 2007, Dr. Byron Calhoun & colleagues estimated that in the year 2002 prior induced abortions caused:

   1,096 U.S. babies under 3 lbs. 5 ozs. (1500 grams) to have CP
   4,094 U.S. babies under 32 weeks' gestation died in their first year

The 2007 'Calhoun' study has not been challenged in 66 months via 'a letter to the editor'.[4, Calhoun} What is Massachusetts' share of this carnage of 1,096 CP cases & 4,094 infant deaths? Answer:

Approximately 2.1% ( 6.65 million / 314 million), which works out to about 80 excess deaths and 20 crippled kids with CP for life. Totally ignored here is newborn Massachusetts babies later diagnosed with Autism, mental retardation, epilepsy, blindness, & deafness due to prematurity and by mothers with reproductive tract infections caused by prior induced abortions.

In 2009, via two SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS, the 'Abortion-Preemie' became SETTLED SCIENCE.[5, Swingle, 6, Shah].

So, in Boston maiming and killing of WANTED babies continues.
None dare call it Quackery.

Brent Rooney ( ) Research Director, Reduce Preterm Risk Coalition, Vancouver, Canada V6S 2C2 email: [email protected]


1 Lieberman E, Ryan KJ, Monson RR, Schoenbaum SC. Risk Factors Accounting For Racial Differences in the rate of premature birth. NEJM 1987;317:743-748. [ Abstract URL: ]

2 Behrman RS, Butler AS, Preterm Birth: Causes, Consequences, and Prevention. National Academy Press, Washington DC (2007)  [ ]

3 Himpens E, Van Den Broeck C, Oostra A, Claders P, Vanhaesebrouck P. Prevalence, type and distribution and severity of cerebral palsy in relation to gestational age: a meta-analytic review. Dev Med Child Neurol 2008;50:334-340

4 Calhoun BC, et al. Cost consequences of induced abortion as an attributable risk for preterm birth and informed consent. J Reprod Med 2007;52:929-939. [Abstract URL: ]

5 Swingle HM, Colaizy TT, Zimmerman MB, Moriss FH. Abortion and the risk of subsequent preterm birth: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Reprod Med 2009;54:95-108

6 Shah PS, Zao J. Induced termination of pregnancy and low birthweight and preterm birth: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BJOG 2009; 116:1425-1442 [URL: ]

7 Rooney B, Calhoun BC, Roche L. Does induced abortion account for racial disparity in preterm births, and violate the Nuremberg Code? J Am Phys Surg 2008;13:102-104 [URL: ]

[20 Apr 2013, Brent Rooney ( [email protected] ), Justice For Kids Now Bulletin 20 April 2013 ]