Facing an unplanned pregnancy is hard. Fear, confusion, and anger are just some of the feelings that you may be experiencing. You have the right to be fully informed about this important decision. You decide: You deserve to know the facts.
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There are risks to most abortion procedures. Because of these dangers we do not recommend or refer for abortion. Here are some things to consider before you make this decision: Know the possible abortion risks From the thousands of women now working in the pregnancy care world who have had abortions, we know that abortion has physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological risks.
Other Risks of Abortion
Abortion and Preterm Birth: Women who undergo one or more induced abortions carry a significantly increased risk of delivering prematurely in the future. Premature delivery is associated with higher rates of cerebral palsy, as well as other complications of prematurity (brain, respiratory, bowel, and eye problems).
Abortion and Breast Cancer: Medical experts are still researching and debating the linkage between abortion and breast cancer. Here are some important facts: Carrying your first pregnancy to full term gives protection against breast cancer. Choosing abortion causes loss of that protection. A number of reliable studies have concluded that there may be a link between abortion and the later development of breast cancer. In over 35 studies done to date, nearly 80% of them show a definite link between abortions and breast cancer.
Possible Side Effects: Side effects may occur with induced abortion, whether surgical or by pill. These include abdominal pain and cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Abortion also carries the risk of significant complications such as bleeding, infection, and damage to organs. Serious complications occur in less than 1 out of 100 early abortions and in about 1 out of every 50 later abortions. Complications may include:
Heavy Bleeding – Some bleeding after abortion is normal. However, if the cervix is torn or the uterus is punctured, there is a risk of severe bleeding known as hemorrhaging. When this happens, a blood transfusion may be required. Severe bleeding is also a risk with the use of RU486. One in 100 women who use RU486 will require surgery to stop the bleeding.
Infection – Infection can develop from the insertion of medical instruments into the uterus, or from fetal parts that are mistakenly left inside (known as an incomplete abortion). A pelvic infection may lead to persistent fever over several days and extended hospitalization. It can also cause scarring of the pelvic organs.
Incomplete Abortion – Some fetal parts may be mistakenly left inside after the abortion. Bleeding and infection may result.
Sepsis – A number of RU486 or mifepristone users have died as a result of sepsis (total body infection). Anesthesia – Complications from general anesthesia used during abortion surgery may result in convulsions, heart attack, and in extreme cases, death. It also increases the risk of other serious complications by two and a half times.
Damage to the Cervix – The cervix may be cut, torn, or damaged by abortion instruments. This can cause excessive bleeding that requires surgical repair.
Scarring of the Uterine Lining – Suction tubing, curettes, and other abortion instruments may cause permanent scarring of the uterine lining and may affect future pregnancies.
Perforation of the Uterus – The uterus may be punctured or torn by abortion instruments. The risk of this complication increases with the length of the pregnancy. If this occurs, major surgery may be required, including removal of the uterus (known as a hysterectomy).
Damage to Internal Organs – When the uterus is punctured or torn, there is also a risk that damage will occur to nearby organs such as the bowel and bladder.
Death – In extreme cases, other physical complications from abortion including excessive bleeding, infection, organ damage from a perforated uterus, and adverse reactions to anesthesia may lead to death. This complication is rare, but is real.
Stuff You Should Know
Get a urine pregnancy test to indicate you are pregnant.
It could be that you are not actually pregnant. We provide a laboratory quality urine tests free of charge as a service to women. A Trained peer counselor can provide additional information relevant to your situation. All of our services are free and confidential.
Ask for the doctor’s name that is performing the abortion.
Abortion is legal in the United States but bad medical care is not. Women have died as a result of their “safe and legal” abortions. Some have had their bodies hurt to the point that they can no longer have children. If you don’t know the abortionist’s name that is doing your abortion, you may not find out. The abortionist could be counting on you not holding him accountable for hurting you because many women are afraid to let anyone know about this choice afterwards. Ask for his name and write it down.
Don’t sign anything that releases the abortionist or the abortion facility from being responsible for hurting you during your abortion.
Many women have said that they were so upset by the emotion of the day that they signed anything put in front of them in order to “get out and have it done with.” If the center asks you to sign anything, take your time to read it over. If you don’t understand something, ask questions. If you don’t understand their answers, push them further. Don’t be in a rush because anything you sign could affect you in the future.
Understand you have rights in an abortion.
It is against the law for anyone to force you to have an abortion. Not even a husband or parent can require you to undergo an abortion against your will, even if you are a minor (under 18 years old). Our center exists to help you in any circumstance. We can help you discuss this choice with those closest to you that are influencing your decision. The law in many states also requires abortion providers to give you information on: 1) possible complications, 2) the development of the baby and 3) organizations that provide alternatives to abortion.
Verify that the abortion clinic is clean and sanitary.
Many women report that the general area of the facility where they had their abortions was unclean, dusty and even smelled bad. Infections can result from unsanitary conditions. If you find yourself in a facility be sure to question their sanitizing procedures and view the condition of each room to ensure that you are receiving excellent care. If they don’t provide sufficient information to determine these conditions, give yourself permission to leave and demand a refund of your money.
Understand you can change your mind – even at the last minute.
Many women who have experienced abortion relay that they felt they had to go through with the procedure once they had entered the facility. Others say that they waited on the abortion table to be “rescued” by their boyfriend at the last minute. Some facilities even told the women that they couldn’t get their money back if they changed their mind. Abortion providers know that this is an agonizing decision and sometimes see women change their mind at the last minute because, as they say, “I simply can’t do this!” Know your rights. Don’t be pressured or intimidated. If the procedure is not performed, demand your money back.
Understand that it’s not a “blob of tissue.”
Some abortion facilities tell women that their babies are not human at all but simply a “blob of tissue” or a “dot”. For many it is easier to have an abortion if they believe their child isn’t yet human. Ultrasound photos show that at early stages of pregnancy the humanness of the embryo is clearly evident. When some women see these photos after their abortion they are overwhelmed and grieved that the information the abortion facility provides was misleading. An ultrasound will reveal the true development of your child.
Know you are not alone.
Women who feel like they have no other choice often change their minds when visiting our center and understanding our support services. We exist to support you in your pregnancy. We offer practical assistance to help you overcome some obstacles.
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Emotional and Psychological Impact: There is evidence that abortion is associated with a decrease in both emotional and physical health. For some women these negative emotions may be very strong, and can appear within days or after many years. This psychological response called Post Abortion Syndrome and is a form of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Some of the symptoms are:
– Eating disorders
– Relationship problems
– Flashbacks of abortion
– Suicidal thoughts
– Sexual dysfunction
– Alcohol and drug abuse
Spiritual Consequences: There is a spiritual side to abortion that deserves to be considered. Having an abortion may affect more than just your body and your mind — it may have an impact on your relationship with God. What is God’s desire for you in this situation? How does God see your unborn child? These are important questions to consider.
Our centers offer counseling and accurate information about all pregnancy options including after abortion care; however we do not offer or refer for abortion services.