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Study: Medical Abortion Complications Have Doubled

A new study conducted by Swedish researchers has found that along with the increase in medical abortions – abortions induced by drugs – there has also been an alarming uptick in the number of complications.

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) is reporting on the study which analyzed the medical records of 4945 women who had abortions at Skaraborg Hospital in Sweden between 2008 and 2015.

Most of the women had medical or “home abortions,” a practice that has become increasingly popular in Sweden. As of 2015, more than 85 percent of all medical abortions before the ninth week of pregnancy were carried out at home by ingesting pills such as RU-486. This represents an increase of over 10 percent from the number of home abortions recorded in 2008-9 which was nearly 75 percent.

During the same six year time period of 2008-2015, the complication rate (bleeding, infections, and most commonly, incomplete abortions) for medical abortions before 12 weeks doubled from 4.2 to 8.2 percent.

“The rate of complications associated with medical abortions [at less than 12 weeks gestation] has increased from 4.2% in 2008 to 8.2% in 2015. The cause of this is unknown but it may be associated with a shift from hospital to home medical abortions," the report states.

“It is likely that women who have medical abortions at home will visit our outpatient clinic in a greater extent since they do not have the direct help and support from a midwife."

"This study appears to back what we have been saying all along – that home abortions are risky for women, said Deputy Chief Executive of the SPUC in Scotland, John Deighan.

“Sweden is known to have very good data on abortion, and the conclusions of a large scale study like this, where home abortion has been the norm for more than a decade, are not to be taken lightly. This latest research suggests that women taking the abortion pill at home cannot be ruled out as a factor leading to a significant increase in complications in a country where it has been extensively tried."

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