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Two or more abortions could more than double chances of a premature birth next time

2009-07-01 09:30 BJT

Women who have an abortion could be risking the health of their next baby, it emerged last night. Those who terminate a pregnancy are subsequently more likely to give birth prematurely, with two or more abortions more than doubling the odds.

Women who have an abortion could be risking the health of their next baby, it emerged last night.
Women who have an abortion could be risking the health of their next
baby, it emerged last night.(File photo)

Premature babies are at greater risk of health problems, with one in ten having lung disease, cerebral palsy, blindness or deafness.

Fertility doctors said the study did not prove abortion caused premature births because some of the reasons why women choose to terminate a pregnancy - such as unemployment or money worries - are also linked to early birth.

But other experts said the evidence was 'compelling' and insisted women seeking abortions should be warned of the risk. The data, revealed at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology conference in Amsterdam, comes as abortion rates hit record levels.

More than 200,000 women a year in England and Wales choose to terminate pregnancies - second only to the U.S. in the West.

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