September 2005: Abortion

Study from Finland: Women are 3 Times More Likely to Die after an Abortion; CDC Admits Its Abortion & Childbirth Mortality Statistics are Not Comparable; New Findings May Change How Roe v. Wade is Applied Unborn Babies Cry in the Womb, New Zealand Researchers Show British Favor Placing Further Limits on Late-Term Abortions Chinese Police Seize A Blind Activist Promoting Legal Action Against Forced Sterilization and Abortion BlackGenocide.org Ayotte Abortion Case Abortion Centers Hiding Statutory Rape? OH Parental Consent for Abortion Law Found Constitutional… STUDY: WOMEN ARE THREE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE AFTER AN ABORTION: CDC Admits Its Abortion & Childbirth Mortality Statistics Are Not Comparable; New Findings May Change How Roe v Wade is Applied –International health experts have published a new study disclosing that 94 percent of maternal deaths associated with abortion are not identifiable from death certificates alone. Proper tracking of pregnancy associated deaths, they report, requires the linking of death certificates to the deceased women's medical records. Only in this way, they conclude, can accurate information about recent pregnancies be determined–information that is frequently missing from death certificates and autopsies. The study, completed by researchers from the National Research and Development Center for Welfare and Health in Finland, shows that the long held presumption that abortion is associated with fewer deaths than childbirth does not hold up once the pregnancy history of women is actually investigated using record linkage. Previously, it has been widely assumed that the mortality rate associated with abortion was only one-sixth that of childbirth. But those estimates were based primarily on information gathered only from death certificates or other public...

A Physician Discusses Abortion

I am Dr. Lance Radbill, an obstetrician-gynecologist — OBG for short. You may have heard people say that abortion is safer than childbirth. Actually, this is incorrect; here are the facts: Maternal deaths rates used in comparisons actually include all abortion-related deaths, the very deaths to which they are compared; Abortion deaths are measured per case, while maternal mortality is measured per live births. Maternal mortality figures also include deaths from tubal pregnancies, which may actually result from abortion-related scarring. Maternal mortality figures also typically include deaths from car accidents, physical abuse, homicides, and other causes not related to childbirths. Studies generally compare the isolated abortion procedure death with maternal deaths that include deaths during the entire 9 months of pregnancy and up to one year after delivery. Abortion is a surgical procedure, and like any surgical procedure, it can have serious risks. A Swedish study indicated that legal abortion is more dangerous than childbirth because the maternal death rate from legal abortions was 39 per 100,000 abortions while the maternal death rate from childbirth was 14 per 100,000 live births. A woman’s cervical muscles may be damaged because the cervix is forcefully dilated during abortion. Perforation, or puncturing, or the uterus, infection, hemorrhage, and blood clots are only a few of the possible complications. Even with a successful abortion, scar tissue may form, causing infertility, miscarriages, or tubal pregnancies. Future pregnancies have a greater chance of leading to premature delivery, which may result in serious health problems for that baby. Abortion is painful to the mother and to the preborn baby. Unless the mother receives an anesthetic, abortion can be very...