Studies Show Abortion May Increase Premature Death, Breast Cancer Risk

By:  Dave Bohon
12/10/2012
       
Studies Show Abortion May Increase Premature Death, Breast Cancer Risk

A recent study out of Denmark appears to show a higher incidence of premature death among women who have had an abortion than for women who give birth. The study tracked a group of Danish women over a 25-year period, finding that those who had undergone a single abortion had a 45 percent higher mortality rate over that time period than those who had carried babies to full term. The death rate among women rose dramatically for subsequent abortions, with women who had two abortions having a 114 percent greater likelihood of mortality during the study period, and women with three or more abortions facing a 192 percent chance of premature death.

A recent study out of Denmark appears to show a higher incidence of premature death among women who have had an abortion than for women who give birth. The study tracked a group of Danish women over a 25-year period, finding that those who had undergone a single abortion had a 45-percent higher mortality rate over that time period than those who had carried babies to full term. The death rate among women rose dramatically for subsequent abortions, with women who had two abortions having a 114-percent greater likelihood of mortality during the study period, and women with three or more abortions facing a 192-percent chance of premature death.

David Reardon, a co-author of the study, said in a statement that the increased mortality rate among women who had subsequent abortions appears to confirm a causal relationship between the procedure and death among women. “We knew from our previous studies of low-income women in California,” he explained, “that women who have multiple pregnancy outcomes, such as having a history of both abortion and miscarriage, have significantly different mortality rates.”

The Christian Post, which reported on the study, noted that the Danish research also showed “an increase in the death rates of women who had experienced miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies or other natural losses. Women who did not have a history of loss during pregnancy were the least likely to die during the 25 years that were examined, while women who had never conceived had the highest mortality rate.”

This is not the first study showing that abortion can be deadly for women. In November 2011 LifeNews.com reported on a study showing that women who have had a single abortion may face a nearly three-fold increase in risk of breast cancer. The study, led by Dr. Lilit Khachatryan of the American University of Armenia, and which included researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the University of Pennsylvania, also found that delaying a first full-term pregnancy significantly raised the risk of breast cancer in women, while giving birth resulted in an over 60-percent reduced risk.

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