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Gingersnap
09-16-2009, 02:45 PM
Women who have just one abortion face 35% increased risk of having a premature babyBy Claire Ellicott
Last updated at 6:00 PM on 16th September 2009

A study claims having an abortion may adversely affect future pregnancies.
Women who have abortions could be posing a risk to future children, according to research published today.

A Canadian medical study found that those who abort a pregnancy could run the risk of giving birth to premature of low-weight children in subsequent pregnancies.
It discovered that women who had undergone more than one abortion had a 72 per cent increased risk for low birth weight and 93 per cent risk of prematurity.
It also found that women who had an abortion in the first or second trimester had a 35 per cent increased risk of giving birth to a low-weight birth baby and a 36 per cent increased risk of having a premature baby,
The study was set up to investigate why babies are born premature and underweight.

The researchers looked at 37 studies around the world carried out between 1965 and 2001 to determine whether previous abortion may be one of the factors.

This is interesting. I knew there some risks but not that the risks are so high. One of the problems in public health here in the U.S. is the amazingly high number of low birth weight babies/premature babies in the black community. Usually, low birth weight is caused by poor maternal nutrition but that's not the case here. Maybe the higher number of women in the black community who have abortions is the cause for the high number of low birth weight babies in that same community.

Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1213784/Abortions-pose-risk-future-babies-says-study.html)

wilbur
09-16-2009, 05:48 PM
This is interesting. I knew there some risks but not that the risks are so high. One of the problems in public health here in the U.S. is the amazingly high number of low birth weight babies/premature babies in the black community. Usually, low birth weight is caused by poor maternal nutrition but that's not the case here. Maybe the higher number of women in the black community who have abortions is the cause for the high number of low birth weight babies in that same community.

Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1213784/Abortions-pose-risk-future-babies-says-study.html)

There's a decent amount of contrary research to contend with on this one.

The time period that this research spanned jumped out at me immediately (1965-2001) - in other words, all the way back to the time when abortions first became legal. Then the article went on to give the author's theory for results "...the most likely of which is physical damage to the cervix caused by older methods of abortion".

Gingersnap
09-16-2009, 05:55 PM
There's a decent amount of contrary research to contend with on this one.

The time period that this research spanned jumped out at me immediately (1965-2001) - in other words, all the way back to the time when abortions first became legal. Then the article went on to give the author's theory for results "...the most likely of which is physical damage to the cervix caused by older methods of abortion".

Low birth weight/premature babies have been a problem for black women since the late 1960s, at least.

noonwitch
09-17-2009, 10:24 AM
Smoking during pregnancy can affect birth weights, and so can enviornmental factors like air quality and exposure to toxic substances.


I would imagine if abortion can cause problems in subsequent pregnancies, so could a natural-occurring miscarriage.