Studies - PreTerm Delivery / Premature Birth / Prematurity Complications

Prior Induced Abortion Raises Premature Birth Risk (McGill University 'Hardy", JOGC, 2013)

McGill Study: Prior Induced Abortion Raises Premature Birth Risk, & thus the Cerebral Palsy Risk for These Preemies
The February 2013 McGill University study by Dr. Ghislain Hardy & colleagues reported that just one prior IA (Induced Abortion) raises very premature birth (under 32 weeks' gestation) risk for Quebec women by 45% (i.e. 1.45 times the risk of a woman with zero prior IAs); two or more prior IAs multiply the risk by 1.73 .[1, Hardy]

These very premature tykes have fifty-five (55) times the CP (Cerebral Palsy) risk as do full-term newborn babies. There are now twenty-four (24) significant studies validating the very preterm birth risk of prior induced abortions; arrayed against these 24 studies are a grand total of zero significant studies finding that prior IAs reduce very premature risk.

The Abortion-Preemie risk became SETTLED SCIENCE in 2009 via two SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS (SRs).[2, Swingle; 3, Shah]

[Competently performed] SRs are the 'gold standard' for settling medical science controversies. The Dr. Hanes Swingle Abortion-Preemie SYSTEMATIC REVIEW found that women with previous IAs have 1.64 times the odds of a very preterm delivery compared to women with zero previous IAs.

A co-author of the 'Hardy' study is Dr. Haim Abenhaim, a well published medical author who works at the SMBD – Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, Quebec. ['Hardy' URL: ]





Autism: the 'new kid on the block'

In the 1960s the U.S. Autism rate was roughly 3 kids per 10,000 children.

The current U.S. Autism rate is estimated by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) to be one child in 50; URL:
So the U.S. rate in the 21st century is about 67 times higher than the 1960s rate.

Dr. Robert Melillo in his 2013 book Autism is on firm ground when he asserts that preterm birth is a known Autism risk factor. The 2008 Dr. Dag Moster study in New England Journal of Medicine reported that extremely preterm (under 28 weeks' gestation) babies have ten (10) times the Autism risk as do full-term babies.[4, Moster]

The 2013 'Hardy' study of Quebec women is the ninth (9th) study to find that previous IAs raise a woman's risk of delivering an extremely premature baby (1.7 times the risk according to 'Hardy'). Why prior TOPs (Terminations Of Pregnancies) elevate Autism risk in a newborn baby is best explained at this webpage:

Vindication & Exposure

Cerebral Palsy & Autism are manifestations of brain damage. [Standing against abortion vindicates] opposing brain damaging medical quackery. The McGill University 'Hardy' study and the two (2) 2009 SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS … expose Dr. Henry Morgentaler as the most dangerous medical quack in Canadian history.

The 28 January 1988 Canadian Supreme Court decision in favor of 'Dr.' Henry Morgentaler brought 'abortion on demand' to Canada. Morgentaler's favorite abortion procedure, Vacuum Aspiration (aka 'suction') Abortion, has a grand total of zero published [nonhuman] animal studies to validate its safety; which means that 100% of all 'suction' abortions ever performed violate the 3rd principle of the 1947 Nuremberg Code; URL: . [5, Rooney]

One of many outrageous medical practices of 1930s & 1940s Nazi doctors was to bypass [nonhuman] animal testing of new medical treatments by going directly to human testing.

Very Preterm Newborns Boost Mom's Breast Cancer Risk-scoring

Two studies have reported that women with deliveries under 32 weeks' gestation have double the breast cancer risk as women who only have full-term deliveries.[6, Melbye; 7, Innes].

[A plain text copy of the February 2013 Ghislain Hardy et al. abstract is in the Appendix to this email.]

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


1 Ghislain Hardy, Alice Benjamin, Haim A. Abenhaim. Effects of Induced Abortions on Early Preterm Births and Adverse Perinatal Outcomes. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada 2013;35(2):138-143 [ URL: ]

2 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

3 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: ]

4 Dag Moster. M.D., Ph.D., Rolv Terje Lie, Ph.D., and Trond Markestad, M.D., Ph.D. Long-Term Medical and Social Consequences of Preterm Birth. New England Journal of Medicine July 2008;359:262-273

5 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: ]

6 Melbye M, Wohlfahrt J, Andersen A-MN, Andersen PK. Preterm delivery and risk of breast cancer. British Journal of Cancer 1999;80(3/4):609-613 [URL: ]

7 Innes KE, Byers TE. First pregnancy characteristics and subsequent breast cancer risk among young women. International Journal of Cancer 2004;112(2):306-311 [ Abstract URL: ]



Appendix: Plain Text Copy of the Dr. Ghislain Hardy Study

Objectives: To examine the association between prior induced abortions and prematurity and to explore potential mechanisms for a relationship, including second trimester pregnancy losses and infections.

Methods: We conducted a retrospective review of the records of all women who delivered between April 2001 and March 2006 using data from the McGill Obstetric and Neonatal Database . Exposure was categorized as having had no prior induced abortions, one prior induced abortion, or two or more prior induced abortions.

Our primary outcome was gestational age at delivery, categorized as < 24 weeks, < 26 weeks, < 28 weeks, < 32 weeks and < 37 weeks . Secondary outcomes were intrapartum fever, NICU admission, and use of tocolysis.

Results: A total of 17 916 women were included in the study . Of these 2276 (13%) had undergone one prior ind

uced abortion, and 862 (5%) had undergone two or more prior induced abortions .

Women with a prior induced abortion were more likely to be smokers and to consume alcohol, and were less likely to be married.

Women who reported one prior induced abortion were more likely to have premature births by 32, 28, and 26 weeks; adjusted odds ratios were 1 .45 (95% CI 1 .11 to 1 .90), 1 .71 (95% CI 1 .21 to 2 .42), and 2 .17 (95% CI 1 .41 to 3 .35), respectively. This association was stronger for women with two or more previous induced abortions. Prior induced abortion was associated with an increased requirement for tocolysis in subsequent pregnancies, but there was no association between prior induced abortions and NICU admission, intrapartum fever, and preterm premature rupture of membranes.

Conclusion: Our study showed a significant increase in the risk of preterm delivery in women with a history of previous induced abortion. This association was stronger with decreasing gestational age.

[The full study is at:]

[Justice For Kids Now Bulletin  21 March 2013 ]