Data on complications from abortions is “inaccessible or nonexistent”

Abortion researcher and pro-life author David C Reardon said the following in 1987:

“Complication records from outpatient [abortion] clinics are virtually inaccessible or nonexistent, even though these clinics provide the vast majority of all abortions. Even in Britain, where reporting requirements are much better than the United States, medical experts believe that less than 10% of abortion complications are actually reported to government health agencies.”

David C Reardon Aborted Women: Silent No More (Westchester, Illinois: Crossway Books, 1987) 91

Because there are no  laws or guidelines requiring the reporting of abortion complications in the United States, there is a good chance most complications and injuries to women fly under the radar. Generally, reporting such information is optional for providers, and there is a strong incentive for them not to incriminate themselves by admitting they have injured a patient.

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. She is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life.
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