Problems After Abortion
No matter what you might have heard, the idea that making abortion legal makes it automatically safe is false. There are numerous complications associated with abortion, including physical, emotional, and psychological side effects.
Statistics indicate 10 percent of women undergoing abortion will suffer immediate complications. One-fifth of those complications were considered major. (1)
More than 100 possible complications have been linked to abortion. The major complications are infection, excessive bleeding, embolism, perforation of the uterus, anesthesia complications, convulsion, hemorrhage, cervical injury and endotoxic shock. (2) Minor complications include minor infections, bleeding, fevers, abdominal pain, gastro-intestinal disturbances, vomiting and Rh sensitization.
Dr. David Reardon, an expert in the after-effects of abortion, notes that researchers have reported that three to five percent of aborted women are left inadvertently sterile as a result of the operation's latent morbidity. (3) The risk of sterility is even greater for women who are infected with a venereal disease at the time of the abortion. (4)
Premature births are more likely after abortions. This is the reason: During an abortion, the cervix is artificially opened before it is ready to deliver the baby. As a result, the cervical muscle is often torn. If the cervical opening and muscle are torn, the muscle may become weakened. With damage to the muscle, it may open prematurely, causing the baby to be born before he or she is really ready to enter the world. (5 & 6)
A study of post-abortive women, taken only eight weeks following their abortions, indicated that 44 percent of the women were suffering from nervous disorders, 36 percent experienced sleep problems, 31 percent regretted their abortion decisions, and 11 percent had been prescribed psychotropic medicine. (7)
Other research indicates that women who have had abortions are more likely to be admitted to psychiatric hospitals. The risk of hospitalization is particularly high for teenagers, separated or divorced women, and women who have had more than one abortion. (8)
1. Frank, et.al. “Induced Abortion Operations and Their Early Sequelae,” Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners (April 1985), vol. 35, no. 73, pp.175-180. Grimes and Cates, “Abortion: Methods and Complications,” Human Reproduction, 2nd ed., 796-813.
2, 3. Reardon, Aborted Women-Silent No More, Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1987).
4. Willke, Abortion: Questions and Answers, (Cincinnati, Hayes Publishing Co., 2003.)
5, 6. L. Iffy, “Second-Trimester Abortions,” JAMA, vol. 249, no. 5, Feb. 4, 1983, p. 588.
7. Ashton, “The PsychoSocial Outcome of Induced Abortion,” British Journal of Ob&Gyn., 87:1115-1122 (1980).
8. R. Somers, “Risk of Admission to Psychiatric Institutions Among Danish. Women who Experienced Induced Abortion: An Analysis on National Record Linkage,” Dissertation Abstracts International, Public Health, 2621-B, Order No. 7926166 (1979); H. David, et al., “Postpartum and Post-abortion Psychotic Reactions,” Family Planning Perspectives 13:88-91 (1981).