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5/9/2005

Women with abortion history at greater risk of preterm births

According to a study published in the April issue of the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, women with a history of induced abortion have a higher risk of delivering prematurely in subsequent pregnancies than women who never had an abortion.

The risk was 50% higher for a very preterm birth (before 33 weeks) and 70% higher for an extremely preterm birth (before 28 weeks). (kaisernetwork.org, Apr 29, 2005 ).

Prematurity is a risk factor for cerebral palsy and many other complications.

Additional information:

Rooney B, Calhoun BC. Induced abortion and risk of later preterm births. J Am Phys Surg 2003;8:46-49.

Rooney B. Informed consent for abortion. J Am Phys Surg 2004;9:67.

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