October Surprise: Autism linked to Abortion
Brent Rooney ( MSc; email: http:/// )
In the 15 October 2008 McCain/Obama debate AUTISM was mentioned at the beginning and at the end of the debate. Dr. Darios Getahun (http:/// Kaiser Permanente) and colleagues have identified stressors for risks to newborns such as infection ('chorioamnionitis'), fetal distress, premature birth etc.[Getahun, 1] [URL: http:/// ]
One of the stressors listed by Getahun is a prior induced abortion.
Three times as many families are affected by the serious behavioral problems of autistic children than the number of families affectedby CP (Cerebral Palsy). Male infants have higher autism risk than do female infants; gastrointestinal problems are a likely autism risk factor. Whether vaccinations elevate autistic risk is not a settled issue; for vaccination warnings, visit http:/// .
There is evidence than metal poisoning (e.g.s. mercury, lead) raises autistic risk. Estimates of the prevalence of autism vary by a factor of 5 or 10. In a 2006 article by Judith Grether a prevalence of 6-7 per one thousand U.S. children with autism was used and I'll use Grether's modest estimate of 6-7 per thousand. Dr. Getahun never mentions AUTISM, but any risk factor that boosts the odds of premature birth, has raised the AUTISM risk of a newborn baby.
Premature birth is a risk factor for many serious birth defects, including CP, mental retardation, epilepsy, blindness, deafness, respiratory distress, gastrointestinal problems, serious infections,
AUTISM, etc. In 2008 Norwegian researchers led by Dag Moster reported that extremely premature newborns (under 28 weeks' gestation) had 9.7 times the autism risk as full-term newborns (at least 37 weeks' gestation).[Moster, 2] In another 2008 study (Catherine Limperopoulos et al.) it was reported that newborn under 1,500 grams (i.e. 3 lbs. 5 ozs.) had an absolute 26% risk of autism.[Limperopoulos, 3]
Since 1992 there have been five (5) statistically significantstudies to report that women with prior induced abortions hadhigher risk of delivering an extremely preterm newborn. [Smith, 4; Lumley, 5-6; Moreau, 7; Stang, 8] Opposed to these five studies are zero statistically significant studies reporting that women with prior induced abortions have a lower risk of an extremely preterm newborn compared to women with zero prior induced abortions.
In 2007 the Institute of Medicine in a textbook identified "Prior first trimester induced abortion" as an "Immutable Medical Risk Factor Associated with Preterm Birth" [Behrman, 9]; [ URL: http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=11622&page=625 ].
Bottom line: Abortion and Autism are Linked. The most common abortion procedure (vacuum aspiration abortion) has zero published animal studies to validate its safety. The lack of such animal studies means that 100% of 'suction' abortions violate rule 3 of the 1947 Nuremberg Code (i.e. animal testing of a new surgery or new drug must precede human trials). Senator Barack Obama has never been asked:
"How can you, Senator Obama, fully support the 1947 Nuremberg Code of medical ethics and also support 'suction' abortion, which has zero published animal studies to support its safety?"
Black American newborns have four times the rate of births under 28 weeks' gestation as Caucasian newborns (1.39% versus 0.35%).[Behrman, 9]
(I am a medical researcher with a special focus on preterm birth risk factors; http:/// [Rooney, 10,12])
Brent Rooney (MSc)
Reduce Preterm Risk Coalition
3456 Dunbar St. (Suite 146)
Vancouver, Canada V6S 2C2
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8 Stang P, Hammond AO, Bauman P. Induced Abortion Increases
the Risk of Very Preterm Delivery: Results of a Large Perinatal
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under 28.0 weeks' gestation]
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Consequences, and Prevention. National Academies Press 2007
10 Rooney B, Calhoun BC. Induced abortion and risk of later
premature births. Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons
11 Thorp JM, Hartmann KE, Shadigian E. Long-Term Physical and
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12 [IN PRESS} Rooney B, Calhoun BC, Roche L. Does Induced
Abortion Account for Racial Disparity in Preterm Births, and
Violate the Nuremberg Code? Journal of American Physicians
and Surgeons 2008 or 2009