Summary: Doubled Risk of
doubling risk of premature birth following two induced abortions, nine times
risk if four or more abortions.
Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons study focused on the
risk of early premature births (less than 32 weeks gestation) and
extremely early premature births (less than 28 weeks gestation).
Studies have reported a doubling of early premature birth risk from
having two prior induced abortions. Women who have had four or more
induced abortions experienced, on average, nine times the risk of
early premature births, an increase of 800 percent. These results
suggest that women contemplating an induced abortion should be
informed of this potential risk to subsequent pregnancies, and that
physicians should be aware of the potential liability and possible
need for intensified prenatal care.1
Induced Abortion and Risk of Later Premature Births,
Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Vol. 8 No. 2, Summer
2003, p. 46.