Complications

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

  • 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.