Premature Births Now at All-Time High

The Idaho Statesman carried a Washington Post story this week about the steady, alarming increase in premature births within the United States. The percentage of babies born early is now at an all-time high: In fact, the average pregnancy has now shortened to 39 weeks.

This rise puts babies at risk for health and developmental problems. It also costs taxpayers a huge amount of money each year.

The article is helpful – but misleading. It fails to identify the number one cause: abortion history. The British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology has published 4 articles in the past seven years showing linkage between abortion history and subsequent premature births.

One of those studies was done in France, and included 2,837 cases. It found that mothers who had previously had an abortion were more than 1.7 times more likely to give birth to a baby at less than 28 weeks’ gestation.

This is one reason we have been pushing for expanded prenatal care – as well as better information for women considering abortion. Idaho’s Department of Health & Welfare continues to fail our daughters by remaining silent on the linkage between abortion and premature births.

And the March of Dimes, still trusted by too many Americans, continues to support abortion rights while demanding more money for research to treat the symptoms of legalized abortion.

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