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Abortion's Link to Premature Birth is No Mystery

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    ... From:  The Pro-Life Infonet Reply-To:  Steven Ertelt Subject:   Abortion s Link to Premature Birth
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 12, 2003
      From:  The Pro-Life Infonet <infonet@...>
      Reply-To:  Steven Ertelt <infonet@...>
      Subject:   Abortion's Link to Premature Birth is No Mystery
      Source:   Elliot Institute; February 10, 2003

      Abortion's Link to Premature Birth is No Mystery
      by David Reardon

      [Pro-Life Infonet Note:  David Reardon, Ph.D., is the director of the Elliot Institute in Springfield, Illinois.]

      The March of Dimes has announced a major fund raising effort to
      understand and battle premature deliveries.  March of Dimes
      medical director Dr. Nancy Green told Time magazine that the 27
      percent rise in premature births over the last few decades "is a

      Dr. Green's claim that the rise in premature birth rates is a
      mystery reflects either a distressing ignorance of the medical
      literature or a calculated case of selective recall.

      At least 48 published studies have shown significantly higher
      risk of premature birth and low birth weight deliveries among
      women with a history of abortion.(1-48)  One of the best, a
      Danish record based study (1), found the risk doubled after just
      one abortion.  Multiple abortions increase the risk even more. A
      doubling of risk among an estimated one-fourth of delivering
      women who have a prior history of abortion would result in a 25
      percent rise overall.

      The only real mystery surrounding the 27 percent rise in
      premature delivery rates among the post-Roe generation of women
      is why the March of Dimes has failed to call attention to this
      major risk factor.  Their fact sheets downplay the risk of
      abortion, stating only that women are at higher risk of premature
      delivery if they "have had more than three abortions or
      miscarriages."  Other risk factors such as drinking, smoking, and
      drug use are also elevated by a history of abortion.

      The March of Dimes professes that its position on abortion is one
      of neutrality.  This is a good position to be in if one is trying
      to gather in donations from as large an audience as possible.

      But the fact that the March of Dimes encourages prenatal
      screening for birth defects that can only be "treated" by
      abortion does not support the claim that they are neutral.
      Instead, it supports the view that the March of Dimes is
      encouraging eugenic targeting of "unfit" children that do not
      "deserve to be born."  Their refusal to aggressively educate the
      public about the role abortion plays in heightening the risk
      posed to subsequent pregnancies is another sign that their claim
      of neutrality is a just a veneer over a pro-abortion, eugenic-
      minded "charity."

      According to the March of Dimes, "In 2000, hospital charges for
      23,000 prematurity-related infant stays totaled $1.2 billion. The
      average charge was $58,000 per baby, compared to $4,300 for a
      typical newborn stay."
      (http://www.marchofdimes.com/aboutus/791_6775.asp) Treatment of
      these children through employer health plans is estimated at $4.7
      billion per year. One fifth of these costs may be is attributable
      to extra cases of prematurity arising from abortion-related

      Premature birth is the leading cause of neonatal death and is
      related to increased risk of cerebral palsy, vision and hearing
      loss, retardation and other lifelong health problems.

      You can register your complaints about the March of Dimes coverup
      by calling 1-888-MODIMES.

      The list of 48 studies showing abortion's relationship
      to premature birth and low birth rate deliveries compiled by
      Brent Rooney can be found at   http://www.vcn.bc.ca/~whatsup/APB-Major.html


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