A new peer-reviewed study by the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) published in the journal “Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology” reveals the dangers posed by mischaracterizing abortion-related complications as miscarriage-related. 

Women whose abortions were miscoded as miscarriages in the ER were more likely to be hospitalized for any reason than women whose abortions were accurately reported. Women whose chemical abortions were miscoded further exhibited a pattern of multiple hospitalizations in the 30 days following their abortions – an average of 3.2 per patient compared to 1.8 for those not miscoded. In other words, the number of hospital admissions per patient was 78% higher in the miscoded group. 

According to the study, “of the women with miscoded abortion pill complications who were admitted to the hospital, 86% needed surgery for [retained products of conception],” a rate 2.5 times higher than miscoded surgical abortion patients.

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Dr. Daniel Grossman, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco, who also teaches abortion allegedly told a reporter at The Atlantic that if women using these [self-managed abortion] regimens experience heavy bleeding or some other complication, they are generally advised to go to a hospital and say they had a miscarriage.