External factors must be considered when evaluating the health implications of abortions, responded an industry insider following a study on the termination of pregnancies.
A spokesperson for Marie Stopes International made her comments following the release of an article indicating that there are consequences if a woman has an abortion.
The review in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology collated data from 37 international studies between 1965 and 2001 and concluded that a mother who has had a termination is 35 per cent more likely to have a low weight baby.
However, the spokesperson pointed out that modern technology has made the process much safer and less invasive in the last ten years or so and socioeconomic and environmental factors were not considered by the authors.
She said: "Given the significant developments that have been made in the provision of abortion services, the results of the review may not be an accurate reflection of today's practice."
The spokesperson noted that the psychological and social implications of going through with an unintended pregnancy were also not discussed in the article.