A new study, conducted by Dr. Elizabeth Raymond and Dr. David Grimes and published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, indicates that the likelihood of women dying during childbirth is 14 times higher than the likelihood of dying during an abortion. According to the study, between 1998 and 2005, one woman died per every 11,000 pregnancies but only one woman died per every 167,000 legal abortions performed. Moreover, women who carried their pregnancy to term were more likely to experience high blood pressure, urinary tract infections, and mental health disorders than women who had abortions.
Bryna Harwood, an ob-gyn at the University of Illinois- Chicago, expressed her concern about state laws which require that women be read a list of abortion-related complications, some of which are not medically proven, by their doctors prior to obtaining abortions. She stated, "It is certainly an impediment to have the state dictate my informed consent process beyond the usual. Abortion care and pregnancy care should not really be any different than consenting people for any other procedure."
The study was conducted as a collaboration between the Gynuity Health Projects of New York and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and used data compiled from government agencies. The researchers in the study indicated that the study was not intended to encourage women seek abortion services but instead to reveal that a legal abortion is a safe alternative for women who do not wish to carry their pregnancies to term.
Media Resources: International Business Times 1/28/12; Time 1/25/12; National Partnership for Women and Families 1/24/12
10/17/2014 Student Activists Across the Country Are Fighting Extreme Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures - In Tennessee, North Dakota, and Colorado - three states deciding ballot measures aimed at restricting birth control access and outlawing abortion in the upcoming election - student activists are mobilizing to get out the vote.
Members of student-ledFeminist Majority Leadership Alliancegroup Vanderbilt Feminists at Vanderbilt University have been working tirelessly to get out the word about Tennessee's Amendment 1, which would take the right of privacy for reproductive rights out of the state constitution and give local legislators the power to restrict access to abortion, even in the case of rape, incest, or to save the life of the woman, and outlaw many forms of birth control, such as the IUD or the pill. . . .