Barbara Kay: A right to abortion doesn’t outweigh the right to know the risks
Barbara Kay | Jul 11, 2012 10:59 AM ET National Post
Preterm birth (PTB) is a risk factor for a number of infant and childhod afflictions. The more extreme the prematurity, the worse the problems. The most feared risk associated with extreme PTB is cerebral palsy, but PTBs have also been linked to autism and diminished cognitive capacity, amongst others. Most physical deficits linked to PTB are readily apparent at birth or in early childhood. Now an important study out of England and Sweden, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, has linked PTB to psychiatric problems in adulthood.