The legalization of abortion by the United States Supreme Court in 1973 (with a 7-2 vote in the court case of Roe vs. Wade) removed restrictions on the practice of abortions. This law was based on the presumption that it was unconstitutional to restrict abortions because such modern advances in medicine provided a relatively “safe” procedure for women receiving an abortion. They decided that regulating abortions would be unconstitutional, and the Justices declared that abortions were a “service” to women’s health. This decision was reached 42 years ago. Some 1.5 million women undergo abortions each year, so what do we know today with regard to abortion being a “safe procedure” for women?
Perhaps you are aware of some of the physical dangers to women undergoing an abortion. Are you aware that there are over one hundred potential risks associated with abortion? There is no dispute in the fact that there are greater risk increases to women during abortion with each passing week of gestation, but women at all stages of pregnancy and following the abortion procedure are subject to minor risks, i.e. minor infections, bleeding, fevers, chronic abdominal pain, gastrointestinal disturbances and vomiting. Some of the more major concerns that are likely not to be discussed or checked post abortion are: blood clots, incomplete abortions, excessive bleeding or hemorrhaging, serious infection, injury to the cervix and other organs, cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, renal failure, metabolic disorder, shock, missed ectopic pregnancy, ripping or perforation of the uterus and death.
The fifth leading cause of maternal death in the U.S. is a result of abortions, but in fact, most related deaths are not officially reported as being a result of abortion. There is even more veiled information on problems that occur after abortion
PHYSICAL DANGERS OF ABORTION
As early as April of 1957, the first published report of the link between abortions and breast cancer was published. (See the following links for more information)
- http://www.aaplog.org/complications-of-induced-abortion/induced-abortion-and-breast-cancer/induced-abortion-and-subsequent-breast-cancer-risk-an-overview/ )
Since the Justices legalized abortion 42 years ago based on relative safety for women, breast cancer among woman who have aborted has increased 50%. Why do we not have more public awareness on this information? Why is the U.S. National Cancer Institute down-playing this information on their website, as well as the American Cancer Society, despite the fact that there have been studies concluding the link between abortion and breast cancer? Perhaps the answer is very simple, political pressures by pro-choice politicians do not want these findings to be spread by the media because of the likely affect it will have on the legality of abortion, which more importantly, will impact the donations made to U.S. politicians from the U.S. abortion industry.
Cervical, Ovarian and Liver Cancer
These cancers occur for the same reason as breast cancer. The increase in cervical, ovarian and liver (and breast) cancer are due to the negative impact and disruptive changes in a woman’s normal hormone balance when pregnant. Karen Malec, President of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, articulates similar sentiments about organizations in the United States who attempt to sweep the link between abortion and breast cancer under the rug. “The failure of the leaders of U.S. cancer ‘charities’ and leftist women’s groups to blow the whistle about the [abortion-breast cancer] link shows what frauds they are,” said Malec. She said, regardless of the fact that they present their agenda as a call for improving “women’s health” through “safe abortion,” activists promoting abortion around the world would “rather see millions die of breast cancer before they’d admit abortion raises risk.” Malec also references a number of other studies conducted in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka that come to the same conclusion. Studies also indicate that there are other significant long-term physical impacts of abortion on women, including major issues in future pregnancies and greater risk of other cancers such as cervical, ovarian, and liver.
Long-term complications can be due to immediate complications from abortion resulting in sterility. Sterility is even more of a risk when women, at the time of abortion, are infected with a venereal disease. (See http://www.life.org.nz/abortion/abortionkeyissues/futurefertility/)
This refers to complications due to abnormal development of the placenta. Possible uterine damage during abortion causes this abnormal development which is life threatening to mother and wanted child alike. (See http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000900.htm)
During an abortion, the cervix will be opened artificially. When stretching the cervical muscle to abort a baby, the cervical muscle can be torn. Following abortion, a woman’s wanted pregnancy, could be affected by the cervix opening prematurely because the cervix muscle remained weakened from the tear during the abortion, causing delivery of the baby before its full development.
Perforation of the Uterus
Most often this complication will not be diagnosed or treated after abortion. Only laparoscopic visualization will detect a uterine perforation. Difficulties may occur in later pregnancies, with the possibility of a hysterectomy, for women who have suffered a uterine perforation.
- Kaali, et al., “The Frequency and Management of Uterine Perforations During First-Trimester Abortions,” Am. J. Obstetrics and Gynecology 161:406-408, August 1989; M. White, “A Case-Control Study of Uterine Perforations documented at Laparoscopy,” Am. J. Obstetrics and Gynecology 129:623 (1977). D. Grimes, et al., “Prevention of uterine perforation During Curettage Abortion,” JAMA, 251:2108-2111 (1984); D. Grimes, et al.,”Local versus General Anesthesia: Which is Safer For Performing Suction Abortions?” Am. J. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 135:1030 (1979).
It is known that abortion significantly increases the rate of ectopic future pregnancies and are life threatening, as well as resulting in reduction of fertility.
et.al., “Ectopic Pregnancy and Prior Induced Abortion”, American Journal of Public Health (1982), vol.72,p253; C.S. Chung, “Induced Abortion and Ectopic Pregnancy in Subsequent Pregnancies,” American Journal of Epidemiology 115(6):879-887 (1982)
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
PID is life threatening and can increase risk of ectopic pregnancies. It is important that prior to abortions screening is done for infections and treatment provided.
- Radberg, et al., “Chlamydia Trachomatis in Relation to Infections Following First Trimester Abortions,” Acta Obstricia Gynoecological (Supp. 93), 54:478 (1980); L. Westergaard, “Significance of Cervical Chlamydia Trachomatis Infection in Post-abortal Pelvic Inflammatory Disease,” Obstetrics and Gynecology, 60(3):322-325, (1982); M. Chacko, et al., “Chlamydia Trachomatosis Infection in Sexually Active Adolescents: Prevalence and Risk Factors,” Pediatrics, 73(6), (1984); M. Barbacci, et al., “Post- Abortal Endometritis and Isolation of Chlamydia Trachomatis,” Obstetrics and Gynecology 68(5):668-690, (1986); S. Duthrie, et al., “Morbidity After Termination of Pregnancy in First-Trimester,” Genitourinary Medicine 63(3):182-187, (1987).
Handicapped Newborns in Later Pregnancies
We have looked at risks from abortion due to cervical and uterine damage, and that they may cause premature delivery in later pregnancies as well as complications during labor and abnormal development of the placenta. These issues are the leading causes of a woman’s future babies being born with handicaps.
Hogue, Cates and Tietze, “Impact of Vacuum Aspiration Abortion on Future Childbearing: A Review”, Family Planning Perspectives (May-June 1983),vol.15, no.3.. Jacobsson B, Hagberg G, Hagberg B, Ladfors L, Niklasson A, Hagberg A. Cerebral Palsy in preterm infants: a population-based case-control study of antenatal and intrapartal risk factors. Acta Paediatrica 2002;91:946-951. Calhoun BC, Shadigian E, Rooney B. Cost consequences of induced abortion as an attributable risk for preterm birth and informed consent. J Reprod Med 2007;52:929-939.
POST ABORTION SYNDROME
In addition to these physical complications with abortion, we need to be informed regarding Post Abortion Syndrome. For decades there has been medical evidence that after abortion there are substantial psychological risks. Again, these difficulties are not given the discussion and follow up necessary to make a woman prepared and aware of these possibilities prior to abortion.
The following are recognized Post Abortion Syndrome symptoms:
- Guilt, according to the dictionary, is a feeling of having committed wrong or having failed in an obligation. Although women acknowledge that an abortion was their choice, this life changing decision can be made without thought or understanding of the feelings and emotions that will follow. Most women are making decisions to abort too quickly due to their perceived “undesirable circumstances” and they feel pressured to find a quick solution to their pregnancy. Women expect to feel relief after an abortion, but fail to realize the emotions of loss and failure that can follow, which are devastating and relentless.
- Experiencing a psychotic disorder – This can occur within two weeks of an abortion and is characterized as a short break from reality for the post abortion woman, requiring psychiatric care.
- Women may have disturbing and recurring thoughts reliving memories or having nightmares centered around thoughts of their damaged and lost aborted babies.
- Anxiety and feelings of loss at the anniversary of the aborted babies due date and/or abortion date.
- Women may be irrationally fixated on having another pregnancy to replace the aborted baby.
- Possible bonding disruption may occur (over or under-bonding with current and/or future children).
- Depression leading to possible suicide; increased risk of alcohol abuse which can lead to violent behavior, divorce or separation, auto accidents, job loss, and, abortion can be linked to higher drug abuse with the same negative outcomes as alcohol use. (Elliot Institute) Other self-destructive and abusive behaviors can include eating disorders, failure to maintain good health, increased promiscuity and involvement in abusive relationships. “Abortion is Four Times Deadlier than Childbirth.” Elliot Institute, PO Box 7348, Springfield, IL 62791-7348. Healing After Abortion by Teri k. Reisser, M.S., M.F.T. and Paul C. Reisser, M.D., 2002
Please CLICK here for additional information from Focus on the Family on Post Abortion Syndrome.
The biggest misconception about legalizing abortions, and the most dangerous assumption made by the Justices 42 years ago in the ruling of Roe vs. Wade is that abortions are now safe. Women believe that they will be in capable hands with the abortionist, in clean sterile environments and that after the abortion there will remain only relief. However, we have tried to point out a few of the physical and psychological risks involved that can result in devastating complications both immediately after an abortion and/or in the future. These are very real concerns surrounding damage that can occur to women who abort. The Justices have made a serious error in judgment, thinking that abortion is “safe for women,” and now there is more than enough proof to the contrary. What can we do? We need to re-evaluate our abortion policy in light of these important facts. If indeed 42 years ago abortion was believed to be safe for women due to medical advancements, we have obtained a good deal more data and research in our current day that proves otherwise. It is time to re-word our national abortion policy to state that abortions are not safe to women’s health and, therefore, abortion regulations are constitutional and must be reinstated for the protection of women’s health “services!!!”
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