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In a study published last week in the European Journal of Public Health, Priscilla Coleman and colleagues report that mothers who have experienced natural pregnancy loss or induced abortion are more likely to die over a 25-year period than those who have experienced only giving birth. Dr Coleman, a Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Bowling Green State University, responds here to MercatorNet’s questions about the study.
Apparently, there has been a study stating the opposite, earlier this year. I agree with the fault that the doctor finds in the study. Merely pulling data that is known to have some flaws, without even attempting a correction is not the best thing to bring forward like this.
Early this year a US study reported that women were about 14 times more likely to die during or after giving birth to a live baby than to die from complications of an abortion -- and it received a lot of attention. But your study suggests that birth is protective of the life of mothers compared to abortion. How do you explain the difference?
In arriving at their conclusion that abortion is many times safer than childbirth, Raymond and Grimes relied on data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to secure numbers of deaths related to childbirth and induced abortion. The authors acknowledged underreporting, but they made no attempt to address the factors associated with this shortcoming, nor did they discuss the magnitude of the problem: “Weaknesses include the likely under-reporting of deaths, possibly differential by pregnancy outcome (abortion or childbirth.)”
Risk of death was more than six times greater among women who had never been pregnant compared with those who only had birth(s). Increased risks of death were 45%, 114% and 191% for 1, 2 and 3 abortions, respectively, compared with no abortions after controlling for other reproductive outcomes and last pregnancy age. Increased risks of death were equal to 44%, 86% and 150% for 1, 2 and 3 natural losses, respectively, compared with none after including statistical controls. Finally, decreased mortality risks were observed for women who had experienced two and three or more births compared with no births.
This is something I have been wondering about for years. The biggest arguments over the right to abort has always been about the health of the mother over the health of the child. But if abortions/miscarriages, or even more likely: chronic abortions/miscarriages results in a higher chance of death,
Guilt doesn't play as big a factor as one might think, if one doesnt' belive that soul is body, and if one remembers, entering the body, like I did, shooting in like a ray of light, and taking the womb in the later stage of pregnancy. I believe in complete free and quick abortions for all, completely covered, like it is in Canada, with perhaps an 8 week cut off, so just before massive brain growth starts to take place in the AI Body Suit, that could house a soul, that does come in, it should be done only in the time when many pregnancies terminate naturally via miscarriage and the fetus is tiny and passes easily.
Forty-two percent of women obtaining abortions have incomes below 100% of the federal poverty level ($10,830 for a single woman with no children).