A recent study claims abortion complications are rare. The researchers in charge of the study noted that,during a colonoscopy, there were more chances of complications than during abortions.
Scientists from the University of California San Francisco examined a number of 54,911 abortions throughout 2009 to 2010. The subjects in the study were examined for six weeks after undergoing an abortion procedure. The findings of their research revealed that just 2.1 percent of all participants to the study had suffered complications during the abortion with only 0.23 percent of them having suffered a major complication. Conditions that needed hospitalization or required blood transfusions were considered major complications in the study.
As claimed by the authors of the study, abortion complications are rare to a point that it is considered safer than tonsillectomies with a 9 percent rate of complications or extracting a wisdom tooth with 7 percent complication rate.
An assistant professor at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, a program at the University of California San Francisco in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Ushma Upadhyay, MPH, PhD said the study contained complete data regarding follow-up information about the women participating in the study and the team still found the complication rate as being low. The scientists also added that abortions are very safe the way they are currently being performed, fact that questions the need for further regulations regarding the improvement of safety during such procedures.
97 women participating in the study had abortions in a doctor’s office or in clinics and the other three percent of them had abortions in a hospital.
“Many state legislatures have recently passed laws that have the effect of reducing access to abortion by requiring providers to have transfer agreements or admitting privileges with hospitals or to construct their clinics so that they meet the requirements of an ambulatory surgical center.”
The researchers said in a statement.
The scientists said, however, that these kinds of restrictions were more likely to make women travel more distances to get abortion procedures done or try to induce abortions on their own making use of dangerous methods, which may increase the dangers for women.