New Abortion Advice to Schools: Fact or Fiction?

Mar 15, 2019 by

from CMF:

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has produced a new factsheet on abortion to support Relationships and Sex Education in secondary schools. This ‘aims to ensure that professionals involved in educating young people on abortion do so ‘…with honest and medically accurate information…[which] distinguishes between fact and fiction.’

Since this new factsheet is likely to have very wide circulation and use within schools, I want to take a closer look at it, to see if it holds up to its claims for honest and accurate information.

‘Abortion is extremely safe in a UK setting’ (p6)

However there is no mention of studies that show significantly increased mortality rates among women in the ten years following abortion [see here, here, here, here, here and here]. Some of these studies involved over a million women over a 25-year time period.

‘There may be a slightly higher risk of future premature birth’ (p6)

However the risk of future premature birth is understated [see here]. The link is backed up by over 119 studies,. including a major British study involving more than half a million women over 26 years in Scotland. This short briefing notes several other robust studies that similarly demonstrate an increase in the risk of preterm delivery after abortion, a risk that increases with the number of abortions that a woman has.

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