By Brent Rooney
Hillary Clinton makes no bones about it: as US President she will appoint abortion supporters to the US Supreme Court.
Such judges are very likely to overturn laws that restrict abortion access. This puts future babies born prematurely, especially Latino & African-American babies, at raised risk of MACE (Mental retardation, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy) disorders, along with higher odds of blindness, deafness, respiratory distress, ADHD, and gastrointestinal injury.
Although higher risk of premature delivery for women with prior IAs (Induced Abortions) has been settled science since 2009, the US public is mostly unaware of the “abortion-preemie” risk. How to convince honest doubters that the “abortion-preemie” risk is for real?
Abortion advocate Dr. David A. Grimes implied in a 2015 Huffington Post article that no authoritative medical experts support the claim of an “abortion-preemie” risk. But in its authoritative 2007 preterm birth textbook, the US Institute of Medicine identified “prior first trimester induced abortion” as an “Immutable Medical Risk Factor Associated with Preterm Birth”.
Doubt could have been cast on this finding if a later peer-reviewed “study-of-studies” meta-analysis disputed the abortion-preemie risk. Yet, in 2009 two meta-analyses, one in the very prestigious British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and the other in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, absolutely confirmed the Institute of Medicine's 2007 finding. Even “settled’” medical facts can be upset. In the 2014 authoritative textbook Maternal-Fetal medicine: principles& practice, twenty-one (21) prematurity risks were listed, including prior “induced abortion”.
In 2015 and 2016, two more studies-of-studies (1, 2) followed with both confirming that prior induced abortions significantly raise a woman's future risk of a premature delivery. The abortion-preemie risk is Settled Science with a capital S.
Are Latina & African-American women exempt from the risk?
A study published by UCLA professor Dr. Michael Ross & his colleagues in the American Journal of Perinatology considered over 20 possible preemie risk factors in the study’s subjects, women in the Los Angeles area, 84 percent of whom were Latina. One of the significant findings of the Ross study was that women with prior induced abortions multiply their future premature delivery odds by 1.31 (i.e. 31 percent higher chance). A study by Harvard University researchers, led by Dr. Ellice Lieberman, has found that African-American women with more than one prior induced abortion multiply their preemie odds by 1.91 compared to African-American women with zero prior abortions.
The bottom line is that Donald Trump has said he will appoint judges to the US Supreme Court who are pro-life whereas Hillary Clinton has pledged to appoint pro-abortion judges who support the abortion-crippling of babies.
Brent Rooney is an avid advocate for the unborn and editor of Justice for Kids and other websites. Reprinted with permission.