Lifesite News 13 Feb 2013
Yet another study, this time conducted in Canada, has found a clear link between induced abortion and a much higher risk of subsequent pregnancies ending in preterm birth. The link between preterm birth and abortion has been established by numerous studies. Preterm babies have much higher than normal risks of suffering medical problems including cerebral palsy, mental retardation, autism, epilepsy, blindness, deafness, lung impairment and serious infections. Preterm babies have much higher than normal risks of suffering medical problems including cerebral palsy, mental retardation, autism, epilepsy, blindness, deafness, lung impairment and serious infections. The research carried out at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University in Montreal reviewed the records of women who delivered between April 2001 and March 2006 using data from the McGill Obstetric and Neonatal Database.
…. Brent Rooney, the research director of the Reduce Preterm Risk Coalition (RPRC) in Vancouver, praised the work of the McGill researchers in bringing to light the risks of preterm birth from induced abortion. He said the health consequences of preterm birth to the children, and the financial costs associated with their illnesses, must be considered in an overall assessment of risks. “Extremely preterm births, that is a delivery before 28 week’s gestation, have 129 times the CP (Cerebral Palsy) risk as full-term newborns according to the 2008 Dr. Eveline Himpens meta-analysis,” Rooney told LifeSiteNews.com, “and very preterm newborns (under 32 week’s gestation) have 55 times the CP risk as do full-term newborn babies.” “Moreover,” Rooney said, “these preterm newborns have higher risk of mental retardation, autism, epilepsy, blindness, deafness, respiratory distress, gastrointestinal injury, and serious infections.”
An abstract of the McGill University study titled “Effect of Induced Abortions on Early Preterm Births and Adverse Perinatal Outcomes” was published in the February issue of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada.