Thursday, February 12, 2009
Dr. Manfred Voigt Study finds that having an abortion increases the risk of giving birth prematurely with future pregnancies
Dr. Manfred Voigt and his German colleagues evaluated over two million pregnancies between 1995 and 2000, making the 2008 study the most massive AVP (Abortion Very Preterm Birth) study in the last 30 years.
The control group of women in the study had no history of induced abortion, miscarriage or stillbirths. The rate of premature births in the control group was compared to that of three separate groups: women with abortions in their medical history (but no miscarriages or stillbirths), women with only miscarriages in their history, and women with only stillbirths in their history.
According to the Reduce Preterm Risk Coalition, the study found that for a woman with one prior abortion, the risk of having a future premature birth was boosted by 30%. More than one prior abortion increased the relative premature birth risk by 90%.
Premature birth raises a child's risk for cerebral palsy, mental retardation, epilepsy, visual impairment, hearing disability, gastrointestinal injury, respiratory distress, and severe infections. Those born under 28 week's gestation have 129 times the risk of cerebral palsy as a full-term newborn, according to 2008 study by Dr. Eveline Himpens et al.
In the Winter 2008 issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Brent Rooney (MSc), Dr. Byron Calhoun, and lawyer Lisa Roche revealed that black American women, who abort nearly one out of every two children, are at three times higher risk for giving birth prematurely, and four times higher risk for giving birth extremely prematurely.
Abortion should be made illegal and government funding of abortion stopped in light of strong evidence for the procedure's dangerous effects on women and children.
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