Study Says 5,500 Women Are Hospitalized Every Year After Suffering Complications From Abortion

A new study released earlier this month has found that an average of 5,500 women are sent to emergency rooms each year in the United States because of complications related to abortion procedures.

Yet, some researchers still claim that there isn’t enough basis to show that health and safety regulations on abortion clinics will have a beneficial impact.

The study, which was led by Ushma D. Upadhyay, a professor at the University of California-San Francisco’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Science — who has opposed state regulations on abortion clinics — indicates that there were at least 27,941 women who ended up in an emergency room after receiving abortions between 2009 to 2013.

The study was an abortion advocacy response to news reports and laws passed in some states that “suggest abortion-related medical emergencies are common” (which you can read more about on CP hereherehere and here) and create a need for “an accurate understanding of abortion-related emergencies” that can help inform policies and practices.

Despite the fact that data found that in just five years over 27,000 women have gone to emergency rooms due to complications from having abortions, the study claims that “perceptions that abortion is unsafe are not based on evidence.”

“Abortion-related [emergency department] visits comprise a small proportion of women’s ED visits,” the study concludes. “Many abortion-related visits may not be indicated or could have been managed at a less costly level of care. Given the low rate of major incidents, perceptions that abortion is unsafe are not based on evidence,” the study claims.

The study was published by the peer-review journal BMC Medicine and led by UCSF associate professor Ushma Upadhyay. Researchers used data from the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, which is a nationally representative sample taken from 947 to 964 hospitals each year. The study focused on women and girls of the reproductive age — 15 to 49.

The study also assessed whether or not the emergency department visits were major incidents (requiring blood transfusion, surgery or inpatient stay).

The study states that just 0.01 percent of the 189,480,685 emergency room visits by women of reproductive age highlighted by the sample between 2009 to 2013 were abortion related. Of those visits, 51 percent receive observational care only. However, 20 percent of emergency room visits by women who had suffered complications from an abortion (about 5,588 patients in five years) were for major incidents that required a transfusion, surgery or inpatient stint.

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Source: Christian Post