Many claim that abortion increases women's health and reduces maternal mortality, but numerous studies contradict those claims. Here we summarize just a few of them:
British Medical Journal: a
from 32 Mexican states, finding that maternal mortality in the states with the most restrictive abortion legislation is 23% lower than that in the states where abortion is more accessible.
Journal of Public Health Policy: a
from 23 U.S. states finding that more-restrictive abortion legislation was associated with lower rates of complications from abortion.
Plos One: a
from Chile, finding that the prohibition of abortion in 1989 did not result in any increase of the rate of maternal mortality.
The de Veber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research: a
from Finland finding the rate of maternal mortality within 12 months is four times higher for women who had abortions compared with those who give birth.
Southern Medical Journal: a
of low income women in California finding that women who had abortions were nearly twice as likely as those who had given birth to die in the following two years.
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology: a
from Finland finding women who received an abortion had a probability of death:
46% higher than those who had not had a pregnancy,
60% higher than those who had a miscarriage,
and 195% higher than those who gave birth.
With statistics such as these, if women's health is really the concern, the best course of action is to restrict abortion and dedicate resources for better obstetric care.
Damage from abortion can be physical and psychological. Even when this damage doesn't lead to death, it can lead to permanent, long-term health problems.
: can occur during an abortion or in the following days. Blood transfusions, and even a hysterectomy to stop the hemorrhage, have been needed.
: can cause death from septicemia. The risk increases if parts of the fetus or the placenta remain in the uterus, or when the patient has an STD such as Chlamydia. Pharmaceutical abortion is also a risk. In the U.S., death has occurred in users of the abortion pill RU-486.
indicates this drug interferes with the immune system, allowing development of especially-dangerous germs that can cause septic shock.
: In at least 1% of first trimester abortions, there are notable
requiring sutures. Post-abortive lesions can later cause cervical incompetence, miscarriage and premature labor. Risk increases for
and for abortions during the
Perforation of the Uterus
: occurs in 2% - 3% of cases. This
increases in women who already have children and in those who have general anesthesia during the abortion. Damage can result in complications for future pregnancies and develop into problems that require a hysterectomy.
indicate that the risk of ectopic pregnancy after an abortion is between 2 and 13 times greater.
: Post-abortive women have a greater risk of premature labor.
increases the risk of neonatal death and is the main cause of serious conditions in newborns including asthma, blindness, hearing loss, low IQ, respiratory problems and cerebral paralysis.
Science is still researching and debating the relationship between abortion and breast cancer. Nevertheless, more than 25 studies show increased risk. A
of 28 studies by Dr. Joel Brind and bio-statistician Vern Chinchilli concluded that abortion increases the risk of breast cancer by 30%.
In 1973, the year abortion was legalized in the United States, the rate of breast cancer was 82.6 per 100,000 and it was considered an older woman's illness. In 1998, the rate of breast cancer had increased more than 40% and it had become an illness of young women.
These are more frequent than physical complications yet women generally don't report them, nor do they receive support in dealing with them.
- Post Abortion Syndrome - can affect women many years
an abortion. Some 60% of abortive women suffer subsequent emotional problems. Some 30% suffer severe problems.
: Approximately 60% of women who experience
psychological side effects
after an abortion report suicidal thoughts; of those, 28% actually attempt suicide. A Finnish study found that the rate of suicide of post-abortive women in the year following an abortion was seven times higher than that of women who had given birth.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
: More than 20 medical
link abortion to increased drug and alcohol abuse. Among women who have had an unwanted pregnancy, those who had an abortion had a higher rate of psychoactive substance abuse than those who carried the pregnancy to term.
Sexual and Relationship Dysfunction
in sexual relations and sexual desire have been reported. Post-abortive couples are more likely to separate or divorce.
: Abortion increases the
of other children as feelings of guilt and decreased self-esteem impact the mother. In the United States, child abuse has increased more than 1,000% since the legalization of abortion.
Abortion kills millions of babies - but the destruction does not stop there. It kills or maims mothers as well, for a woman knows, better than anyone, that the one alive in her womb is a child: a son or daughter; a child who is weak and defenseless, a child in need of warmth, food, protection and love.