Abortion - Facts & Risks

  • Primary reasons given for abortion: wanting to continue education, not ready to parent, lack of finances
  • Complications may occur in 1 out of every 100 early abortions {first 12 wks.) and 1 out of every 50 later abortions (after first 12 wks.
  • Physical Complications of abortion may include:
  • Intense pain
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Infection
  • Damage to the uterus or other internal organs
  • Future miscarriages
  • Possible link to breast cancer
  • Emotional/Psychological Complications of abortion may include:
  • Denial
  • Guilt/shameAnger/rage
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Lower self-esteem/confidence
  • Helplessness
  • Self-destructive behavior e.g. alcohol/drug abuse, eating disorders, sexual dysfunction etc.
  • Relationship problems
  • Abortion flashbacks
  • Anniversary grief on date of abortion and/or baby's due date
  • Post-Abortion Syndrome (PAS) is the term used for specific emotional/psychological problems that one might experience after an abortion.  These may
    occur soon after an abortion or perhaps years later.
  • The spiritual impact of abortion may surface along with the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects.  Regardless of your beliefs, there are moral
    questions that abortion raises.  These are important to consider and discuss before making any decisions for your future and that of your baby.
Online facts about abortion and adoption

This information is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for
professional medical advice.
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