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May 5, 1993

Abortion Mortality Trends-Reply

JAMA. 1993;269(17):2211-2212. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500170041023

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In Reply.  —The report of the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Scientific Affairs was written in response to a resolution passed at the 1991 Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates requesting "... an objective study of available data on the mortality and morbidity associated with illegally induced abortions prior to the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v Wade decision [compared] with the mortality and morbidity incurred by abortions performed today." The report examines documented trends in the mortality and morbidity of women, not the moral or ethical issues associated with induced abortion. A topic raised in the report was the possible health consequences for women, based on a review of scientific data, which may be associated with greater restrictions on the procedure.The Council paid close attention to the quality of data included in the report, identifying and discussing sources of bias in specific data sets. The issues raised