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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Abortion Today puts the next baby at risk Tomorrow

According to Dr Caroline Moreau, an epidemiologist at the Hôpital de Bicêtre in Paris, mothers who had previously had an abortion were 1.7 times more likely to give birth to a baby at less than 28 weeks' gestation in the future.

Her study compared the medical histories of 2,219 women with babies born at less than 34 weeks with another 618 who had given birth at full term. Overall, women who had had an abortion were 40 per cent more likely to have a very pre-term delivery (less than 33 weeks) than those without such a history. The risk of an extremely premature baby - one born at less than 28 weeks - was raised even more sharply, by 70 per cent. Abortion appeared to increase the risk of most major causes of premature birth, including premature rupture of membranes, incorrect position of the foetus on the placenta and spontaneous early labour.

Mr Peter Bowen-Simpkins, a spokesman for the Royal College of OBGYN said "the study revealed that abortion might not be as safe as previously supposed..."

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