Planned Parenthood, abortion clinics, and reported complications from abortions

An author and researcher explains why official abortion statistics show a low complication rate from the procedure. The complications are voluntarily reported to the CDC by abortion facilities, who often don’t see the women who go to the emergency room or their private OB/GYN with problems. Even if they are honest about reporting complications, they miss many of them.

OBGYN Matthew Bulfin said that Planned Parenthood and the various other agencies that measure complication rates are

“missing vital input for their mortality and morbidity studies by not seeking information from the physicians who see the complications of legal abortions – emergency room physicians, and the obstetricians and gynecologists in private practice. The physicians who do the abortions in the clinics and centers where abortions are done should not be the only sources from which complication statistics are derived.”

Matthew JH Bulfin “Complications of Legal Abortion: A Perspective from Private Practice” from Thomas Hilgers, Dennis Horan, and David Mall New Perspectives on Human Abortion (Frederick, MD: Aletheia Books, 1981)  145

George Grant Grand Illusions: the Legacy of Planned Parenthood (Franklin, Tennessee: Adroit Press, 1988, 1992) 70

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Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life. She lives in NJ.

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