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Abortion may increase risk of problems in later pregnancies

Published on 18/09/2009
Women who have had an abortion are more likely to experience complications in later pregnancies, new research suggests.

A study published in the BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology found that women who decided to terminate a pregnancy in its first or second trimester have a 35 per cent higher risk of low-birth weight and premature labour in future.

In response to the findings, a spokesperson for sexual and reproductive healthcare specialist Marie Stopes International (MSI), said that the psychological and social consequences of unintended pregnancy should also be taken into consideration when weighing up the pros and cons of abortion.

She explained: "Using modern techniques, abortion is one of the safest procedures known to medical science and complications including the risk of infection, cervical trauma or scar tissue, are extremely rare."

According to MSI, 90 per cent of abortions carried out in the UK are performed at less than 13 weeks gestation.

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