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Child-Bearing after Induced Abortion: Reassessment of Risk

Daniel S. Seidman, Pnina Ever-Hadani, Paul E. Slater, Susan Harlap, David K. Stevenson and Rena Gale
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (1979-)
Vol. 42, No. 3 (Sep., 1988), pp. 294-298
Published by: BMJ
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25566857
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Abstract

We reviewed 1791 singleton pregnancies of women with a history of previous induced abortion and compared them with 14 857 pregnancies in mothers with no previous induced abortions. Therapeutic termination of pregnancy was associated with a statistically significant increase in the incidence of low birth weight infants and bleeding in the first trimester of pregnancy. When other variables were examined, no significant differences were found between the two groups, except for a significantly higher rate of stillbirths among women who had not had a prior induced abortion. There were no increases in major or minor congenital malformations.

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