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Evidence on abortion figures overestimated in Mexico fuels scientific debate in medical journal
Date:12/18/2012

This press release is available in Spanish.

A detailed letter entitled Methodological flaws in the estimation of abortion in Latin America: Authors reply to Singh and Bankole was published today in Ginecologa y Obstetricia de Mxico (Ginecol Obstet Mex), a Mexican peer-reviewed journal specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology. The letter is a reply by researchers from the Institute of Molecular Epidemiology (MELISA) to researchers from the Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) regarding methodological flaws that led to a significant overestimation of induced abortions figures in the Federal District of Mexico (Mexico DF) before an after abortion legalization at this state. Our letter is part of an intense scientific debate in Ginecologa y Obstetrica de Mxico that addresses issues raised in a previous article by Susheela Singh and Akinrinola Bankole in representation of AGI regarding our evaluation of the methodology employed to estimate abortion figures; we provide additional information supporting conclusions of our multinational collaborative study published two weeks ago in the International Journal of Women's Health, showing that abortion figures and maternal mortality rates were largely overestimated in Mexico said Elard Koch, the Chilean epidemiologist leading the research.

An intense academic debate between Koch et al and researchers from AGI was initiated after a first original article published in May of this year in the same journal and entitled Overestimation of induced abortion in Colombia and other Latin American countries, including a thorough review of the methodology employed by AGI to estimate induced abortion figures in eight Latin American countries. The study showed that subjective opinion surveys used for obtaining abortion estimates were strongly exposed to recall and selection biases and were applied to
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Contact: Lea M. Parks
lea.parks@melisainstitute.com
MELISA Institute
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