Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortion is an action that surgically kills a baby while she is growing in her mother’s womb.  Different methods can be used depending on the age of the baby.

Are there short-term complications?

About 1 in 10 women undergoing elective abortion suffers immediate complications, of which one-fifth are considered life-threatening.

Common major complications include infection, excessive bleeding, embolism, anesthesia complications, convulsions, hemorrhage, cervical injury, endotoxic shock and ripping or perforation of the uterus.

Minor complications include infection, bleeding, fever, second-degree burns, vomiting and chronic abdominal pain.

Is there depression and psychological trauma?

Women who choose abortion suffer higher rates of substance abuse, anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, eating disorders and hospitalization.

65%  of women who have abortions report symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

Women whose first pregnancy ends in abortion are 65% more likely to be at high risk of clinical depression. Married women are 138% more likely to be at high risk of clinical depression compared to married women who carry their first pregnancies to term.

Women are 63% more likely to receive mental care within 90 days of an abortion compared to delivery. In addition, abortion is strongly associated with neurotic depression, bipolar disorder, adjustment reactions and schizophrenic disorders.

A survey of post-abortive women found that: 60% commented that the decision to abort made their lives worse; and 94% regretted the decision to abort.

Is there risk of death?

Women are 3.5 times more likely to die over the next year after an abortion, and suicide rates are 6 times higher.

Women who have abortions are almost twice as likely to die within the following two years. Also, over the next eight-year period women who aborted had:

  • 154% higher risk of death from suicide.
  • 82% higher risk of death from accidents.
  • 44% high risk of death from natural causes.

Is there an increased risk of breast cancer?

One abortion almost doubles breast cancer risk; two or more abortions further increase risk.

A meta-analysis of 28 reports concluded that induced abortion is a significant independent risk factor for breast cancer.

Among women who had been pregnant at least once, the risk of breast cancer in those who had an abortion was 50% higher than among other women. Women 18 and under or over 30 were at highest risk.

What about if I want children in the future? Am I at higher risk?

Women who have abortions face a higher risk of future infertility, stillbirths, miscarriages and premature births.

Women who had at least one abortion are about 200% more likely to have a subsequent pre-term delivery. Pre-term delivery increases the risk of neo-natal death and disabilities.

Prior induced abortion is associated with an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy. There is a significant trend between the number of previous induced abortions and ectopic pregnancy risk.

Abortion increases the risk of delayed delivery by about 200%.

Am I in more danger if younger than 20 years old?

Teenagers are at a much higher risk for many long-term complications related to abortion.

A teenage girl is 10 times more likely to attempt suicide if she has had an abortion in the last six months than is a comparable teenage girl who has not had an abortion.

Sources: American Life League and the Elliot Institute