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Childbirth safer than abortion, study shows

September 14, 2012

An exhaustive scientific study has shown that abortion is more dangerous for mothers than childbirth—contradicting a claim that is often advanced by advocates of legal abortion.

Studying the records of nearly 500,000 pregnant women, researchers in Denmark found that those who continued the pregnancy to childbirth had lower mortality rates than those who procured abortions. The study covered a time period from 1980 to 2004, and involved only women who were pregnant for the first time.

Among women who chose abortion, the study found, the risk of pregnancy-related mortality during the first year after becoming pregnant was 80% higher than those who gave birth; it remained 40% higher over a 10-year period after the initial pregnancy.

The Danish study confirmed findings from earlier studies in Chile and Ireland.


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