Monday, September 12, 2005

Perhaps giving birth isn't so dangerous after all

Off the top of your head, do you think that women are more likely to die from the complications of childbirth or the complications of abortion?

If you're like most people, your immediate thought would be, "Women are far more likely to die from the complications of childbirth." Somewhere along the line, you've probably heard it said that women are six times more likely to die from childbirth than from abortion.

A study published in late 2004 in the international medical journal Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology has called this assumption into question.

Researchers Mika Gissler, Cynthia Berg, Marie-Helene Bouvier-Colle and Pierre Lukens investigated whether our methods for identifying deaths associated with abortion are accurate. In Methods for
identifying pregnancy-associated deaths: population-based data from Finland 1987-2000, this team of researchers provides evidence that current international methods for collecting information about abortion-related deaths are quite faulty.

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