After years of legalised abortion experience, a pro-abortion professor of OB/GYN at the University of Newcastle-on-Tyne reported on his follow-up, ranging from two to twelve years, of 50 teenage mothers who had been aborted by him. He noted that "the cervix of the young teenager, pregnant for the first time, is invariably small and tightly closed and especially liable to damage on dilatation."
He reported on the "rather dismal" results of their 53 subsequent pregnancies: Six had another induced abortion. Nineteen had spontaneous miscarriages. One delivered a stillborn baby at 6 months. Six babies died between birth and 2 years. Twenty-one babies survived.
J. Russell, "Sexual Activity and Its Consequences in the Teenager," Clinics in OB, GYN, vol. 1, no. 3, Dec. 1974, pp. 683-698
"Physical and emotional damage from abortion is greater in a young girl. Adolescent abortion candidates differ from their sexually mature counterparts, and these differences contribute to high morbidity." They have immature cervixes and "run the risk of a difficult, potentially traumatic dilatation." The use of lamanaria "in no way mitigates our present concern over the problems of abortion."
C. Cowell, Problems of Adolescent Abortion, Ortho Panel 14, Toronto General Hospital
"The younger the patient, the greater the gestation (age of the unborn), the higher the complication rate. . . . Some of the most catastrophic complications occur in teenagers." "Eighty-seven percent (87%) of 486 obstetricians and gynecologists had to hospitalize at least one patient this year due to complications of legal abortions."
M. Bulfin, M.D., OB-GYN Observer, Oct.-Nov. 1975
Studies have shown that teenage mothers have no more risks during pregnancy and labour, and their babies fare just as well as their more mature sisters' babies, if they have had good prenatal care.
"We have found that teenage mothers, given proper care, have the least complications in childbirth. The younger the mother, the better the birth. [If there are more problems,] society makes it so, not biology."
B. Sutton-Smith, Jour. of Youth and Adolescence. As reported in the New York Times, April 24, 1979
"No relationship between mother's physical growth and maturation and adverse pregnancy course or outcome was demonstrated."
Sukanich et al., "Physical Maturity and Pregnancy Outcome Under 16 Years," Pediatrics, vol. 78, no. 1, July 1986, p. 31
"The overall incidence of pregnancy complications among adolescents 16 years and younger is similar to that reported for older women."
E. Hopkins, "Pregnancy Complications Not Higher in Teens," OB-GYN News, vol. 15, no. 10, May 1980