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Study: One abortion increases risks in future pregnancies

Fr. Mark Hodges Fr. Mark Hodges

TEL AVIV, Israel, August 18, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – One of the mantras of the abortion industry is that abortion is "safe." Pro-abortionists insist that "undergoing a surgical D&C is not associated with future infertility." The Planned Parenthood-founded Guttmacher Institute criticizes "informed consent" laws because they "inaccurately describe an increased risk to future fertility" from abortion. This demonstrably false statement is echoed by the mainstream media: ABC News's Health Day, for example, ran an article entitled "Medical Abortion Won't Affect Future Pregnancies."

But once again, medical science has proven that abortion does, in fact, harm women – not just emotionally or psychologically or spiritually, but physically.

Researchers analyzing 15,000 deliveries have concluded that abortion creates a 30-percent greater likelihood of future pregnancy complications.

In fact, doctors at Tel Aviv University found that women who have had just one abortion – even in the early stages of a first-trimester pregnancy – have significantly higher rates of C-sections (25 percent to 18 percent), slightly higher rates of labor complications resulting in induced labor (seven percent to five percent), and higher rates of a retained placenta (when the "afterbirth" fails to deliver) ( seven percent to five percent).

The study, published in the Journal of Maternal Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, also found that women who had a previous abortion more commonly needed fertility treatments and were more likely to develop diabetes during pregnancy.

Dr. Liran Hiersch led the five-year study at Rabin Medical Center in Israel. The team of researchers compared the pregnancy outcomes of women who had a previous abortion or miscarriage against those women who were in their first pregnancies. Researchers did not distinguish between early chemical abortion and surgical abortion and, unfortunately, did not even distinguish between women who had an abortion and women who had a miscarriage.

Nevertheless, the study proves that intentionally inducing abortion can and does cause future pregnancy complications.

Dr. Hiersch discounted her own research, concluding, "Although we found that a single early pregnancy loss was associated with an increased risk for subsequent adverse pregnancy outcome, the effect was mild[.] ... In most cases it has no effect." But Hiersch admitted, "A history of normal pregnancy is considered protective from adverse outcomes."

It has long been established that undergoing several abortions increases the risk of future pregnancy complications, including vaginal bleeding, pre-term birth, low birth weight, and placenta complications. Therefore, this study focused only on women who had undergone one previous abortion or miscarriage. 

Women were excluded if they had had multiple abortions or miscarriages, or if they delivered their first babies stillborn. Women who lacked prenatal care were also excluded, as were women who were pregnant with twins, or other unusual factors.

"We hope this study will be incorporated in the usual risk assessments," Dr. Hiersch wrote. "Doctors should know (these risks) when assisting a woman before labor."

Will Planned Parenthood and the mainstream media ever share the results of this study with women considering abortion?

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