My interest in this is not to make an anti-abortion argument, though I am happy to do that and have done so elsewhere. My interest is in the facts swirling around a claim that has life-changing implications for pregnant women.
- maternal deaths during pregnancy
- maternal deaths from delivery
- maternal deaths from abortion
- maternal deaths related to pregnancy
- maternal deaths related to delivery
- maternal deaths related to abortion.
- maternal deaths related to pregnancy
- maternal deaths related to natural delivery
- maternal deaths related to necessary C-sections
- maternal deaths related to necessary inductions
- maternal deaths related to unnecessary C-section
- maternal deaths related to unnecessary inductions
- maternal deaths related to abortion (perhaps there should a division here between medical and surgical abortions?)
“In a 1997 government funded study in Finland, women who abort are approximately four times more likely to die in the following year than women who carry their pregnancies to term. In addition, women who carry to term are only half as likely to die as women who were not pregnant. Women who had abortions were 3.4 times more likely to commit suicide compared to women who had not been pregnant in the previous year and 6 times more likely to commit suicide than women who delivered. The Finland researchers found that compared to women who carried to term, women who aborted in the year prior to their deaths were 60 percent more likely to die of natural causes, seven times more likely to die of suicide, four times more likely to die of injuries related to accidents, and 14 times more likely to die from homicide. Researchers believe the higher rate of deaths related to accidents and homicide may be linked to higher rates of suicidal or risk-taking behavior….
“Compared to women who carried their first pregnancy to term, after adjusting for age and birth year, the cumulative risk of death for women who had a 1st trimester abortion was significantly higher in all periods examined from 180 days (84%) through 10 years (39%). The risk of death was likewise significantly higher for women who had abortions after 12 weeks from one year (331%) through 10 years (141%) when compared to women who delivered a first pregnancy."
In other words, abortion rarely kills women in the moment (at least in West countries), but that doesn't mean there aren't a lot of post-abortion deaths for which the trauma of abortion is responsible. Inorder to get a better picture of the real impact, we need an even more specific list.
- maternal deaths related to complications during pregnancy
- maternal deaths related to natural delivery (1 year, 5 year, 10 year, 20 year, life)
- maternal deaths related to necessary C-sections (1 year, 5 year, 10 year, 20 year, life)
- maternal deaths related to necessary inductions (1 year, 5 year, 10 year, 20 year, life)
- maternal deaths related to unnecessary C-section (1 year, 5 year, 10, year, 20 year, life)
- maternal deaths related to unnecessary inductions (1 year, 5 year, 10 year, 20 year, life)
- maternal deaths related to abortion (1 year, 5 year, 10, year, 20 year, life)
Once again, this is not about my opposition to abortion; this is about discovering, as I researched a topic I formerly knew nothing about, that the mainstream narrative appears to be misleading at best and false at worst. Just how misleading is not entirely clear to me, because it's hard to put real numbers to the categories I noted above, and it's even harder to find statistics that deal with all the mitigating circumstances I mentioned.
As for the racial disparities mentioned by Planned Parenthood, they seem to be far more closely correlated with circumstances than with race.
“'Though black women in the U.S. are not more likely than white women to have underlying pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia, they are two to three times more likely to die of those complications.' Why? The general consensus seems to be lack of proper health care.”
- Addressing how to more adequately provide health care for everyone. The CDC claims that 60% of maternal deaths are preventable.
- Building communities committed to the flourishing of women physically, economically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, especially when they are pregnant.
- Doing everything we can to bring about economic justice in communities that lack education, resources, and opportunity, three things which are significant factors in maternal health.
- Instilling moral/ethical training that guides people more effectively in making wise lifestyle choices, which can have a significant impact on long-term health physical, emotional, spiritual, economic and relational health.
LIST OF RESOURCES/QUOTES
- Poorer pre-natal health. An increasing number of pregnant women have existing chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, which significantly raise the risk of complications during pregnancy.
- Inadequate post-natal care. Women weakened by childbirth complications have an increased risk of dying up to a year after the end of the pregnancy, yet many do not receive quality follow-up medical care.
- Racial inequalities in health care. Although black women in the U.S. are not more likely than white women to have underlying pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia, they are two to three times more likely to die of those complications.
"Doctors at Tel Aviv University found that women who have had just one abortion – even in the early stages of a first-trimester pregnancy – have significantly higher rates of C-sections (25 percent to 18 percent), slightly higher rates of labor complications resulting in induced labor (seven percent to five percent), and higher rates of a retained placenta (when the "afterbirth" fails to deliver) ( seven percent to five percent). The study, published in the Journal of Maternal Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, also found that women who had a previous abortion more commonly needed fertility treatments and were more likely to develop diabetes during pregnancy.
Dr. Liran Hiersch led the five-year study at Rabin Medical Center in Israel. The team of researchers compared the pregnancy outcomes of women who had a previous abortion or miscarriage against those women who were in their first pregnancies. Researchers did not distinguish between early chemical abortion and surgical abortion and, unfortunately, did not even distinguish between women who had an abortion and women who had a miscarriage. https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/study-one-abortion-increases-risks-in-future-pregnancies
Nevertheless, the study proves that intentionally inducing abortion can and does cause future pregnancy complications."