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Bioethics informs debate – Gareth Jones

John Kerr posted in on March 21st, 2013.

Bioethicists challenge boundaries society takes for granted – but must “tread carefully”, writes a leading bioethics expert. The University of Otago’s  Prof Gareth Jones found himself in embroiled in debate earlier this month when he published the New Zealand Medical Journal article, ‘Testing times: do new prenatal tests signal the end of Down syndrome?’ The […]

Previous abortions linked to adverse birth outcomes – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on August 30th, 2012.

One of the largest studies to look at the effect of induced abortions on a subsequent first birth has found that women who have had three or more abortions have a higher risk of some adverse birth outcomes, such as delivering a baby prematurely and with a low birth weight. The research, which is published […]

New study examines link between abortion and mental health

Amanda Johnson posted in on December 1st, 2008.

New research by Professor David Fergusson and colleagues from the University of Otago has found that women who have an abortion face a 30% increase in the risk of developing common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. The research will be published in the December issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry.    The […]

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