Induced Abortion and Maternal Mortality

ABORTION IS NOT SAFER THAN CHILDBIRTH!

A new systematic review by Dr. Byron Calhoun entitled “The maternal mortality myth in the context of legalized abortion” is found in the 17 July 13 Linacre Quarterly. The prominent “Original Research” article “The Comparative Safety of Legal Induced Abortion and Childbirth in the United States”, by Raymond and Grimes in the Feb, 2012, journal “Obstetrics & Gynecology,” rehearses the longstanding mantra of the choice argument: “Abortion is safer than Childbirth.” To reach this conclusion…

Abortion and subsequent maternal death rates: Second of 2 new studies from Denmark

Large Record Linkage Study Shows Women More Likely to Die After Abortion, Not Childbirth
This is the second study, including nearly half a million women, published in Sept 2012. The studies link records from Denmark’s fertility and abortion registries to death registry records. The registry linkage assures accurate data, as noted in the previous introduction, below.

Abortion and subsequent maternal death rates: First new study from Denmark

Large Record Linkage Study Shows Women More Likely to Die After Abortion, Not Childbirth
Two studies, including nearly half a million women, were published in Sept 2012. The studies link records from Denmark’s fertility and abortion registries to death registry records. The registry linkage assures accurate data. In the United States studies of this nature are not possible, since there is no accurate registry of abortions kept, hence accurate statistical analysis is not possible. Abortion reporting to the US CDC is voluntary, not mandatory. Several states do not even report these stats to the CDC…

Guttmacher Institute challenges Chilean article (below) by Koch. Koch replies. Find the discussion at http://www.aaplog.org/get-involved/letters-to-members/guttmacher-challenges-koch-replies/

Women’s Education Level, Maternal Health Facilities, Abortion Legislation and Maternal Deaths: a Natural Experiment in Chile from 1957 to 2007

Executive Summary: Koch et al. article PLoS ONE 2012, May 4 Available in http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0036613 A thorough analysis of …

Induced abortion and maternal suicide

Teens are generally at a higher risk for both suicide and abortion. In a survey of teenaged girls, researchers at U. Minn found that the rate of attempted suicide in the six months prior to the study increased 10 fold—from 0.4% for girls who had not aborted to 4% for teens who had aborted in the previous six months.…

Induced abortion and natural cause maternal death

This discussion of “Abortion Complications” will deal with “natural cause” mortality, which includes mainly death from cancer, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease, and HIV aids. “Natural cause mortality” is to be distinguished from other mortality “complications” noted on this website section, namely suicide, accidents, and homicide. Two studies will be examined. The first is a 14 year study of all the women with a pregnancy event in Finland from 1987 to 2000. (Gissler, M., et.al., Pregnancy-associated mortality after birth, spontaneous abortion, or induced abortion in Finland, l987-2000., American J. ObGyn (2004)190, 422-7)…

Induced abortion and maternal homicide

The 2004 study by Gissler (Gissler, M, et.al., (1997) “Pregnancy associated deaths in Finland 1987-1994, Acta Obsetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica 76:651-657) indicates that the pregnancy associated homicide rate for women having an induced abortion is significantly higher than for women who deliver their pregnancy. Pregnancy-associated homicide, some of which is abortion-related, is a stark reality—but obtaining and evaluating data is very difficult to do. A very informative literature review (Shadigian E, Bauer S; Pregnancy-Associated Death: A Qualitative Systematic Review of Homicide and Suicide; OB GYN Survey, Vol 60, No 3, 2005) sheds considerable light on this tragic topic.…

Introduction to induced abortion and maternal mortality

Worldwide, maternal mortality is an extremely urgent concern to the health systems and governments of most, if not all, countries. It is universally tragic to all involved to separate a mother from her baby and her family by unexpected death. Most countries, especially those with more developed medical systems, seek to keep accurate records of maternal mortality, with the aim of identifying patterns of causes, so these causes can be addressed and rectified, and some tragedies can be prevented.…