August 30, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Another study has found that women who have abortions have a greater chance of giving birth prematurely or having a child with low birth weight in subsequent pregnancies. According to research by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) women are at higher risk who have had three or more abortions in the past.
The study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, is one of the largest undertaken to determine the relationship between abortion and subsequent births. It studied 300,858 Finnish mothers, of whom 31,083 (10.3 percent) had had one induced abortion; 4,417 (1.5 percent) had two; and 942 (0.3 percent) had three or more induced abortions before their first birth.
It showed that the women who had three or more abortions had a “small, but statistically significant” increased risk of her next baby having a low birth weight (less than 2500g) or very low birth weight (less than 1500g), or of a preterm birth (before 37 weeks) or very preterm birth (before 28 weeks).
The risk of very preterm birth increased slightly with each abortion.
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The study showed a slightly lower increased risk of a “very preterm” birth among women who had had two abortions. Most of the abortions were surgically induced, and 91 percent were prior to 12 weeks gestation.
The study was conducted by Dr. Reija Klemetti, an associate professor and senior researcher in public health at the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki, Finland. She said, “Our results suggest that induced abortions before the first birth, particularly three or more abortions, are associated with a marginally increased risk during the first birth. However, the increased risk is very small, particularly after only one or even two abortions, and women should not be alarmed by our findings.”
The ESHRE study joins the abundant research finding links between abortion and serious health problems for later children including premature birth, low birth weight, and even life-long disabilities like cerebral palsy and infant death.
The physical and emotional risks following abortion, which have been shown to include infertility and pregnancy complications as well as significant psychological problems, are by turns diligently ignored or aggressively denied by the abortion industry.
The UK’s busiest abortion organization, Marie Stopes, tells women, “There is no evidence at all that a straightforward abortion has any effect on future fertility or any other aspect of general health…Your body will not be any different after an abortion.”