Informed consent is a core tenet of quality healthcare. Physicians should provide a fair, balanced, and accurate description of abortion. Currently, 10.8% of women having undergone an abortion feel they received adequate counseling beforehand.
- Complications listed by the American Association of Pro-Life OB/GYNs with appropriate studies provided:
- Placenta previa
- Pre-term birth
- Mental health complications (especially PTSD, anxiety disorders, and psychotic symptoms)
- Breast cancer
- Maternal mortality
- Studies compiled by the Elliot Institute add:
- Maternal substance abuse
- Domestic violence and relationship problems
- Afterabortion.org adds:
- Immediate complications: infection, heavy bleeding, embolism, uterine perforation
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Subsequent ectopic pregnancy
- Cervical, ovarian, liver cancers
- Cervical lacerations
- Handicapped newborns in later pregnancy
- Sexual dysfunction
- Eating disorders
- Child abuse
DEMOGRAPHICS (data from the Alan Guttmacher Institute)
- 1.1 million U.S. abortions each year.
- Nearly 1 in 4 (22%) of pregnancies end in abortion
- 50% of women now seeking abortion have had at least one previous abortion.
- The U.S. abortion rate is among the highest of developed countries.
- 51% of abortions are performed on women less than 25 years of age.
- Approximately 1/3 of American women have had an abortion by age 45.
- Abortion disproportionately affects racial minorities: an estimated 50% of all unborn black persons are aborted in the state of Texas.