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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Post-Abortion Trauma Evidence SINCE 1989 Koop Report

The earlier Koop post got me thinking. (I know, bad idea. So much for blogging sabbaticals...grrr)

How much exactly has happened to show there is post-abortion trauma to women since he wrote that report in January of 1989?

These 22 later studies and events--a partial snapshot, to be sure--occurred between January 1989 (when Koop called for a comprehensive study to be done) and today, June 2005. None of this, of course, would have been available to Koop and his staff for their review.

1989-1995:
The book, Lime 5, compiled by Mark Crutcher, detailed many maternal deaths as late as 1995 plus many more cases of harm done to women by legal abortions in those years.

1996: An American Cancer Society pamphlet “Cancer Facts and Figures” said that abortion was indeed a risk factor that increased one’s chances of getting breast cancer.

1997:
Sept. 16, 1997, Gracealynn T. Harris, 19, bled to death after having an abortion at the Delaware Women's Health Organization clinic near Stanton.

"...the risk of dying within a year after an abortion is several times higher than the risk of dying after miscarriage or childbirth." This 1997 study looked at maternal pregnancy-related death records of 9,192 women from 1987-1994. Researchers found that women who aborted are 3.5 times more likely to die within a year than women who gave birth at term. Acta Obsetricia et Gynecolgica Scandinavica (1997) [Gissler M., et. al., "Pregnancy-associated deaths in Finland 1987-1994 -- definition problems and benefits of record linkage," Acta Obsetricia et Gynecolgica Scandinavica , 76:651-657]

Two criticisms published in the New England Journal of Medicine of the 1997 Melbye (or Danish) study which said the ABC link is false [Joel Brind & Vernon Chinchilli, Letter, ”Induced Abortion and the Risk of Breast Cancer,” 336 New England Journal of Medicine (1997) 1834-35] and Katrina Armstrong in February of 2000, [Armstrong (2000) NEJM 342:564-71].

1999 & 2000:
  1. Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dec. 1999 and 2000: “Women who had one, two, or more previous …abortions are, respectively, 1.89, 2.66, or 2.03 times more likely to have a subsequent pre-term delivery, compared to women who carry to term. Premature delivery increases the risk of neo-natal death, and always results in low birth weight babies." This study also found that women who had one, two, or more abortions are, respectively, 1.89, 2.61, and 2.23 times more likely to have a post-term delivery (over 42 weeks). [Zhou, Weijin, et. al., "Induced Abortion and Subsequent Pregnancy Duration", Obstet. Gynecol (Dec. 1999), 94(6):948-953]
  2. The second study’s findings “suggest a positive association between one or more first trimester induced abortions and the risk of low birthweight in subsequent singleton [single-baby] term live births when the interpregnancy interval is longer than 6 months.” (meaning when the mom became pregnant again more than 6 months after the abortion). [Weijin Zhou, Henrik Toft Sørensen, and Jørn Olsen, "Induced abortion and low birthweight in the following pregnancy", International Journal of Epidemiology (2000); 29:100-106.]
2001:
British Medical Journal, Dec. 2001: An early look at NLSY data found that, an average of eight years after abortion, married women were 37% more likely to be at high risk of clinical depression, compared to similar women who carried their unintended first pregnancies to term. However, women having abortions instead of carrying to term in their first marriages were 50% more likely to be in that “high risk range” than those in second or later marriages. [324: 151-152] [These NLSY results have been adjusted to reflect the questions already raised about this data, as discussed here and here.]

2002:
  1. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 2002: A comparison of outpatient mental health claims over 5 years, including records of 173,000 California women, found that women were 63% more likely to receive mental care within 90 days of an abortion, than after giving birth. Also, significantly higher rates of later mental health treatment persisted over the entire four years of data examined. Abortion was most strongly associated with later treatments for neurotic depression, bipolar disorder, adjustment reactions, and schizophrenic disorders." [culled from data about state-funded abortions vs. deliveries; Vol. 72, No. 1, 141-152]
  2. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2002: This study found that women with a prior history of abortion are twice as likely to use alcohol, five times more likely to use illicit drugs, and ten times more likely to use marijuana during the first pregnancy they actually carry to term, compared to other women delivering their first pregnancies. ["History of induced abortion in relation to substance use during pregnancies carried to term." December 2002; 187(5).]
  3. 2002 Australian study found that 18.5% to 21% of women coming to that hospital for suction abortions had at least one of these STDs: chlamydia, gonorrhea, bacterial vaginosis or Trichomonas vaginalis: “The suction termination of pregnancy (TOP) is one of the most commonly performed gynaecological procedures in Australia…The procedure carries a risk of PID which is associated with both short and long term morbidity including tubal factor infertilty.” That study was “terminated early…after 73 women had been screened [out of a planned 222], …testing revealed that 21%...of the women had at least one condition that is associated with post abortal PID.” So they just stopped the study and automatically begain screening and treating with antibiotics all women coming for abortions if they tested positive for those STDs. [Steve Baguley, Jan Savage, AIDS/STD Program, CDC Darwin, Henry Cho, Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,Royal Darwin Hospital, Sarah Huffman,Infectious Diseases Physician, AIDS/STD Program, CDC Darwin, published in the Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin, Vol. 9 No. 3, Sept. 2002.]
  4. Southern Medical Journal (August 2002): This study revealed that women who abort versus those who give birth are almost twice as likely to die in the two years following the pregnancy outcome. Over the full 8-year period studied, women who aborted had a 154% higher risk of death from suicide and an 82% higher risk of death from accidents. Also, these post-abortive women had a 44% higher risk of death from natural causes, including AIDS, circulatory and cerebrovascular diseases [e.g., strokes, fatal blood clots]. These results were found "across socioeconomic boundaries." [Reardon DC, Ney PG, Scheuren F, Cougle J, Coleman PK, Strahan TW, "Deaths associated with pregnancy outcome: a record linkage study of low income women," Southern Medical Journal (Aug. 2002), [95(8):834-841.]
  5. Diana Lopez died on February 28, 2002. The Los Angeles County Coroner determined that Diana died from a massive hemorrhage caused by "traumatic perforation of the cervix" subsequent to an abortion at Planned Parenthood.
2003:
  1. Medical Science Monitor, 2003: This study examined National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) data, specifically the records of 1,884 women with a first pregnancy. It also considered if there were any previous psychological problems.

    The study found that, at an average of 8 years after the first pregnancies, women who chose abortions were 8% more likely to score in the "high-risk" range for clinical depression than women who gave birth. This was regardless of age, race, marital status, divorce history, education, income, and previous psychological state. [NLSY is an ongoing nationwide interview-based study conducted by the Center for Human Resource Research at Ohio State University and funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. [9(4): CR105-112].] full text] [This and the earlier-discussed NLSY results have been adjusted to reflect questions already raised and addressed about this research, as discussed here and here.]
  2. Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), May 13, 2003: Another study found that Psychiatric admissions were more common among women at anytime between 90 days to 4 years after an…abortion, than among those who carried a pregnancy to term.The risk was “significantly higher.” They reviewed the California Medicaid records of 56,741 women aged 13–49 years at the time of either abortion or childbirth, and only included women with no previous psychiatric admissions or pregnancy events during the year before.
  3. "First U.S. Abortion-Breast Cancer Lawsuit Settled." The teenager "sued her abortion provider, Charles Benjamin, for neglecting to warn her about the physical and emotional risks of abortion" and they settled out of court.
2004:
  1. Eve Sanchez Silver resigned her position as a charter member of The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's National Hispanic/Latina Advisory Council. She had learned “that Komen's affiliates have helped fund Planned Parenthood.” She said, “It makes me wonder what other abortion related agendas Komen may be supporting…Is one hand washing the other?”
  2. Human Reproduction, March 2004, by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology: scientists found that a “History of induced abortion [is] a [significant] risk factor for preterm birth in European countries.” They studied a survey of 2,938 preterm births and 4,781 controls (women who gave birth normally at term) in ten European countries. “…the risk of preterm birth [also] increased with the number of abortions.” They also found that abortions most increased the risk (were more responsible) for the earliest, most premature babies (and thus those at the greatest risk to die).
    ["History of induced abortion as a risk factor for preterm birth in European countries: results of the EUROPOP survey,” Hum Reprod. (2004 Mar), Ancel PY, Lelong N, Papiernik E, Saurel-Cubizolles MJ, Kaminski M; EUROPOP. Vol. 19, No. 3, 734-740]
  3. Science, Technology, and Space Hearing on "The Impact of Abortion on Women," Wednesday, March 3, 2004, to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
2005:
  1. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, April 2005:
    “After studying data on 1,943 very pre-term births, 276 moderately pre-term babies and 618 full-term controls, Dr. Caroline Moreau of Hopital de Bicetre and colleagues concluded that women with a history of abortion were 1.5 times more likely to give birth very prematurely (under 33 weeks gestation), and 1.7 times more likely to have a baby born extremely (under 28 weeks gestation) pre-term.”
    1-a) We believe this January 2005 story from the The Sunday Times - Britain about a soon-to-be-published British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology paper, is the same as the study cited in #1 above:
“Women who have had abortions are more likely to give birth to premature babies…The study by French doctors…suggests abortion could cause abnormalities in the cervix and womb that later prompt premature birth. Premature babies are far more likely to suffer health problems. A study published last week said that half of extremely premature babies that made it home from hospital were likely to have severe or moderate rates of disability and learning difficulties.”
  • Reduce Pre-term Risk Coalition researcher Brent Rooney and two medical doctors are expected to publish a 2005 article on research estimating “that there are nearly 1,100 excess cases of US newborns yearly with cerebral palsy due to their mothers' prior induced abortions.”

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