I just read this tragic story that was reported by Jill Stanek:
Late last week came the news that Planned Parenthood of Illinois, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation have agreed to pay $2 million in a wrongful death settlement to the surviving young son of a woman who died after an abortion at a Chicago Planned Parenthood in 2012.
On July 20, 2012, 24-year-old Tonya Reaves, pictured right, died after a late-term abortion at Planned Parenthood’s Loop Health Center from uncontrolled bleeding, according to court documents.
When I read American stories like this, I always wonder about the abortion complication rates in Canada. I just assumed we didn’t have access to that data because accessing any kind of accurate abortion data in Canada is incredibly difficult. Next to impossible. Immensely frustrating.
So I found myself quite surprised yesterday when trolling Pat Maloney’s Run with Life blog. It turns out we do have some data on complication rates. This is probably old news for some of you, but I had no idea there was any data available. According to Pat’s analysis:
We already know that–contrary to what abortion advocates like to tell us–abortion is already not safe. Many say that abortion complication rates are less than 1%. Yet Echo, an Ontario government “pro-choice” agency, informs us that complication rates for abortions are actually between 6.95% and7.70%.
The breakdown is available here:
On page 14, I refer the reader to: Table 7. Hospital Abortion Outcomes (2002/03 to 2008/09) for 98,483 abortions
The chart reveals short-term complication percentages (1), and they are not less than 1%.
In fact, 6.95% of the 96,859 women who had “same day” hospital abortions had complications (and were readmitted as inpatients: .91%; to same day surgery: .59% ; to the emergency department: 5.45%)
7.70% of 1,624 women who had “in patient” hospital abortions had complications (and were readmitted as inpatients: 1.91%; to same day surgery 1.05%; to the emergency department 4.74%).
To file away in your records.by