New Research

New studies and articles on research-related topics.

University of Toronto Leader in Campus Pregnancy Resources

Throughout Canada, thousands of young people attend University who are aged 19 to 24. This group is also the largest age cohort of women having abortions. The deVeber Institute is researching the resources available to pregnant and parenting students on university campuses in order to better understand some of the reasons that may be behind this statistical flux. 

Preliminary results reveal that the majority of schools in our country are lacking services. Often the resources are not available, or are not made known to students who need them. Of all Canadian universities, the University of Toronto was the only university to offer all of the following:

Crime rates? Family formation trends? The relation to abortion.

Among other topics, deVeber is currently conducting research on the relationship between legalized abortion and crime rates and the effects of legalized abortion on family formation trends. The research that deVeber has begun and continues to do on these topics is invaluable as it exposes evidence that disproves the assumptions made about the ‘positive’ effects of legalized abortion. In the case of the relationship between legalized abortion and crime rates, the argument has often been made that an outcome of legalized abortion has been a reduction in the numbers of potential criminals and, therefore, in crime rates. Although this argument has been given much attention by mainstream media, there is a significant body of evidence from the academic community, including notable economists and criminologists, which shows that no such correlation exists and that the opposite may in fact be true. Similarly, on the topic of the effects of legalized abortion on family formation trends, an assumption has come to be widely accepted that abortion has had either no effect on family formation, or if it has, then it has been a positive one. A problem with this assumption that has become apparent to us is that very little research has been conducted on this specific subject. What research does exist, however, shows significant negative effects of abortion on family formation, such as an increase in divorce rates for women with a history of abortion.

Significant evidence linking abortion to preterm birth

A new German study, which analysed 1 065 202 pregnancies, revealed that

"Previous interruptions, miscarriages and IUFD are relevant risk factors for prematurity and are related with low birth weight of the new borns."

A missing factor in preterm birth?

The Canadian Institute for Health Information recently released a report "Too Early, Too Small:  A Profile of Small Babies Across Canada." 

Dr. L.L. deVeber M.D. FRCP(C) questioned:

"I wonder if the Canadian Institute for Health Information looked at the effect of previous induced abortions in their study, since it is well established by many reported studies that the incidence of very low birth weight babies is increased four-fold following induced abortion."

In fact, the report did not mention previous induced abortions.

However, a recent review by Deirdre J. Murphy, MD MRCOG, "Epidemiology and environmental factors in preterm labour," stated:

"Induced abortion has been associated with very preterm delivery (<33 weeks) in the French regional EPIPAGE study (OR 1.5, 95% CU 1.1-2.0)[27] and this was confirmed by the International EUROPOP study across ten European countries.  The strength of association increased with decreasing gestational age and was consistent across countries with varying rates of induced abortions."

See Murphy's full review attached to this post.

Mental Health after Abortion - 2008 Articles

From New Zealand:

Fergusson DM, Horwood JL, Broden JM. 2008.  Abortion and mental health disorders: Evidence from a 30 year longitudinal study.  The British Journal of Psychiatry 193: 444-451.

From the United States:

Coleman PK, Coyle CT, Shuping M, Rue VM. 2008.  Induced abortion and anxiety, mood and substance abuse disorders:  Isolating the effects of abortion in the national comorbidity surveyJournal of Psychiatric Research. Accepted 21 October 2008.

Charles VE, Polis CB, Sridhara SK, Blum RW. 2008.  Abortion and long term mental health outcomes:  a systematic review of the evidence.  Contraception.  78:  436-450.

From Australia:

Dingle K, Alati R, Clavarino A, Najman JM, Williams GM. 2008. Pregnancy loss and psychiatric disorders in young women:  an Australian birth cohort study.  The British Journal of Psychiatry.  193: 455-460.

From Great Britian:

Casey P, Oates M, Jones I, Cantwell R. 2008.  Invited commentaries on abortion and mental health disordersThe British Journal of Psychiatry.  193: 452-454.

Reports and Positions:

The Royal College of Psychiatrists' Position statement on Women's Mental Health in Relation to Induced Abortion.  2008.  Go to statement.

Report of the APA (American Psychological Association) Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion.  2008.  Go to report.