Physical Risks of Abortion

A WHO Official said in 2004 that "up to 20% of maternal deaths are due to abortion, even in those situations were abortion is legal, there is a question whether 'safe' abortion is safe."
  • International abortion advocates often make the claim that only illegal abortions are unsafe.
  • Where abortion has been legalized, there is evidence that legalisation has not made it safe.
  • Women who have legal abortions face elevated mortality rates compared with women.
  • Finland's STAKES study found that maternal post-abortion deaths were several times higher than from miscarriage or childbirth.
  • The STAKES study found that whereas pregnancy reduced the risk of suicide, abortion dramatically increased the risk.
WHO Official Admits Legal Abortion is Not "Safe" For Women
At an international conference on population held in Washington, DC in May 2004, an official from the World Health Organization (WHO) made an admission that appears to undermine one of the most common arguments for the worldwide legalization of abortion on demand.

Dr. Gunta Lazdane, European Regional Advisor to WHO on Reproductive Health and Research, said that, "up to 20% of maternal deaths are due to abortion, even in those situations were abortion is legal, there is a question whether 'safe' abortion is safe."

However, international abortion advocates often make the claim that only illegal abortions are unsafe. In order to address "maternal deaths due to unsafe abortions," they call for nations to recognize a woman's "right" to abortion.

Dr David Reardon, director of the Elliot Institute, a 'pro-life' organisation that researches the after-effects of abortion, said in reposnse to Dr Lazdane's statement:

"The percentage of maternal deaths due to abortion in undeveloped countries is unclear, and often exaggerated. Where abortion has been legalized, however, we know as certainty that legalization has not made it safe.

"Instead, legalization has only served to expose a larger number of women to the physical and psychological complications associated with abortion."

Women who have legal abortions face elevated mortality rates compared with women who carry to term.
Reardon went on to say, "In the most basic measure, that of mortality, we know that women who have legal abortions face elevated mortality rates compared with women who have not been pregnant, women who carry to term, and women who miscarry," Reardon explained. "Abortion is inherently unsafe."

Finland's STAKES Study
A government funded study in Finland showed that women who had abortions were approximately four times more likely to die in the following year than women who carried their pregnancies to term. In addition, women who carried to term were only half as likely to die as women who were not pregnant.

Researchers from the statistical analysis unit of Finland's National Research and Development Center for Welfare and Health (STAKES) examined death certificate records for all women of reproductive age (15-49) who died between 1987 and 1994 - a total of 9,129 women.

They then examined the national health care database to identify any pregnancy-related events for the women in the 12 months prior to their deaths.

The STAKES study found that women who aborted in the year prior to their deaths were seven times more likely to die of suicide.
It was found that women who aborted in the year prior to their deaths were 60 percent more likely to die of natural causes, seven times more likely to die of suicide, four times more likely to die of injuries related to accidents, and 14 times more likely to die from homicide.

A link to a full text copy of The Post-Abortion Review article can be found HERE

Cervical Damage
A weakened cervix pre-disposes a woman to mid-term miscarriage or premature delivery... because the cervix has been artificially dilated by an induced abortion previous to the pregnancy. Read more HERE

Uterine perforations can happen during an abortion, going unnoticed and untreated.
Perforation
Uterine perforations can happen during an abortion, going unnoticed and untreated. A ruptured uterus is a known complication of second-trimester abortion.
Bernadell Technical Bulletin, Vol. 1, #1, 1989 pp. 1-2. David Schneide, M.D., et al.,"Safety of Midtrimester Pregnancy Termination by Laminaria and Evacuation in Patients with Previous Cesarean Section," American Journal of OBstetrics and Gynecology, 8/94, pp. 554-557. Read more HERE

Infection
A first-trimester abortion can result in bacterial vaginosis, leading to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) which requires medical treatment, and can cause ectopic pregnancies and infertility. American Jounral of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vol. 166, 1992, pp. 100-103.

...studies show a very high link between pre-term births and low birth-weight babies following induced abortion...
Risks of future preterm births
At least 51 studies show a very high link between pre-term births and low birth-weight babies following previous surgically induced abortions. Read more HERE

Cerebral Palsy
Very low birth weight (VLBW) babies are at increased risk of cerebral palsy. Damage caused to the cervix during a surgical abortion can lead to subsequent pre-term births. Read more HERE

The risk of having a tubal (ectopic) pregnancy increases dramatically after even one abortion.
Ectopic Pregnancy
The risk of having a tubal (ectopic) pregnancy increases dramatically after even one abortion. Read more HERE

Increased Risk of Breast Cancer
For woman aborting a first pregnancy, the risk of breast cancer almost doubles after a first-trimester abortion and is multiplied with two or more abortions. Read more HERE to see why induced abortions raise the breast cancer risk - and most miscarriages don't.