Today Dr. Prakesh Shah (University of Toronto) had his abortion-preemie “study of studies” published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Using data from 37 prior studies, Dr. Shah reported that 1 prior induced abortion boosted relative odds of a premature birth (under 37 weeks’ gestation) by 35%, and more than 1 prior induced abortion raises preterm birth odds by 93%.
Furthermore, the Institute of Medicine identified “prior first trimester induced abortion” as an “immutable medical risk factor associated with preterm birth” in the 2006 and 2007 editions of its mammoth book about preterm birth.
Finally, 3 preterm birth heavyweights (Dr. Jay Iams, Dr. Robert Romero and Dr. Robert Goldenberg) confirmed the same finding in a medical journal of the highest prestige, Lancet, January 12, 2008, page 165.
This is certainly not new news, just corroboration. Meanwhile the preeminent organization devoted to preventing preterm births, the March of Dimes, still refuses to list “induced abortion” as a risk on its webpage.