The scientific evidence on abortion

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1 As conceded by, for example, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, p. 10:

2 See, for example, David Fergusson’s 2013 study in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry: David Fergusson is a pro-choice Emeritus Professor of Psychology whose primary studies showing this association are highly regarded and published in top psychiatry journals.

3 See e.g., P. Levine’s 2004 paper in the Journal of Law and Economics:, his 2003 paper in the Journal of Health Economics:, and New’s 2011 study in State Politics & Policy Quarterly:, all of which show that restrictions on abortion lower abortion rates.

4 Hence the details on ‘feticide’ in the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ guidelines, pp. 57-58:

5 See the report on Savita Halappanavar’s death, pp. 85-96:

6 See e.g. the independent ComRes poll showing that, for example, 70% of women in the UK think that the time limit for legal abortion should be lowered:

7 For example, see Skotko’s 2011 study showing that nearly 99% of people with Down Syndrome are happy with their lives: and the contrasting rate of abortion in many countries with liberal abortion laws (to near eradication of people with Down Syndrome in Iceland):

8 See, for example, the Care and Quality Commission report on Marie Stopes in Maidstone: ‘Staff were concerned that ‘Did Not Proceed’, the term used when women decided not to proceed with treatment, was measured as a KPI and linked to their performance bonus. They felt that this encouraged staff to ensure that patients underwent procedures.’

9 See the UK government report from 2016, showing only 6 out of 185,000 abortions were done as emergencies to save the life of the woman, and only 99 non-emergency abortions: _data/file/679028/Abortions_stats_England_Wales_2016.pdf


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