The scientific evidence on abortion

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1 As conceded by, for example, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, p. 10: https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/guidelines/abortion-guideline_web_1.pdf

2 See, for example, David Fergusson’s 2013 study in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0004867413484597. 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: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/380475, his 2003 paper in the Journal of Health Economics: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0167629603000638, and New’s 2011 study in State Politics & Policy Quarterly: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1532440010387397, 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: https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/guidelines/abortion-guideline_web_1.pdf

5 See the report on Savita Halappanavar’s death, pp. 85-96: http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2013/06/savita-halappanavar-hse-report.pdf

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: http://www.comresglobal.com/polls/where-do-they-stand-abortion-survey/

7 For example, see Skotko’s 2011 study showing that nearly 99% of people with Down Syndrome are happy with their lives: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3740159/ and the contrasting rate of abortion in many countries with liberal abortion laws (to near eradication of people with Down Syndrome in Iceland): https://www.cbsnews.com/news/down-syndrome-iceland/

8 See, for example, the Care and Quality Commission report on Marie Stopes in Maidstone: http://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/new_reports/AAAF4825.pdf. ‘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: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment _data/file/679028/Abortions_stats_England_Wales_2016.pdf

 

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