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Comment on ‘Who has a repeat abortion? Identifying women at risk of repeated terminations of pregnancy: analysis of routinely collected health care data’
  1. Sam Rowlands, LLM, MD
  1. Lesley Hoggart, PhD
  1. Toni Belfield, HonFFSRH, FRCOG
  1. Shelley Mehigan Raine, HonFFSRH
  1. Visiting Professor, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK; srowlands@bournemouth.ac.uk
  2. Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Care, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK; lesley.hoggart@open.ac.uk
  3. Specialist in Sexual Health Information, Lyndhurst, UK; toni-b@tiscali.co.uk
  4. Nurse Specialist in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Ringwood, UK; shellraine@aol.com

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Whilst we have no criticism of the methodology and presentation of findings of the study by McCall et al.,1 we were disappointed by the use of the phrases ‘repeat abortion’ and ‘repeat termination’. This kind of terminology has been queried before as not appropriate and stigmatising.2 ,3

The term carries connotations of ‘repeat offender’ …

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