Study: Abortion May Affect Future Pregnancy

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Study: Abortion May Affect Future Pregnancy

Elisabeth Garber-Paul

According to a new Canadian study, having an abortion could potentially put woman at risk for problematic pregnancies if they decide to have a child later on.

According to a new Canadian study, having an abortion could potentially put woman at risk for problematic pregnancies if they decide to have a child later on.

The Guardian reported totay that the study, published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, found that woman who have had an abortion may be at a greater risk for complications.

"The study found that women who had an abortion in the first or second trimester had a 35% increased risk of a low birth weight baby and a 36% raised risk of a pre-term baby in later pregnancies."

However, the author of the study, Dr. Prakesh Shah, insisted that there may be other factors that could contribute to these findings, such as damage to the cervix or uterus during the procedure. (He noted that certain drugs are now used to "ripen" the cervix, thus lessening the risk of damage.)

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Dr. Shah, however, seemed more worried about how some voices in the abortion debate might distort this information to further their anti-choice cause.

"I think it should not be used as a way of saying, this is bad and we should not be doing this kind of thing. There is an association which we should be aware of, and we should let mothers be aware. I don’t want unintended pregnancies to increase."