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An Incomplete List of Known Complications       

Breast cancer:

At least two-thirds of the reputable studies point to abortion as a leading cause of breast cancer. The risk almost doubles after one & increases from there. The earlier in the pregnancy the greater the risk.

Cervical, ovarian & liver cancer:

One abortion equates to a 2.3 relative risk, compared to non-aborted women, with 2 or more equating to a 4.92 relative risk. Elevated risks of ovarian and liver cancer have also been linked to single and multiple abortions; due to disruption of the hormonal changes & untreated cervical damage.

Cervical lacerations:

Lacerations requiring sutures occur in at least 1% of first trimester abortions. Lesser lacerations, or micro fractures, which are not normally treated, may result in long term damage. This may result in subsequent cervical incompetence & premature delivery, as well as labor complications. The risk is greater for teenagers, second trimester abortions, & when laminaria is not used for dilation of the cervix.

Death:

Primary causes are hemorrhage, infection, embolism, anesthesia & undiagnosed ectopic pregnancies. Legal abortion is reported as the 5th leading cause of maternal death in the United States, though it is recognized that most abortion related deaths are not officially reported as such. (Abortionists have been known to show such complete disregard for the lives of their patients as to implore that the ambulance not run its' siren or lights; giving the EMT's the impression that there was NO emergency.)

Ectopic pregnancy:

There is an increased risk of subsequent ectopic pregnancies which are life threatening & may result in reduced fertility.

Endometritis:

There is a risk to all women, but especially teenagers. They are 2.5 times more likely than women 20-29 to acquire endometritis following abortion.

Handicapped newborns in later pregnancies:

Cervical & uterine damage increase the risk of premature delivery, labor complications & abnormal development of the placenta - one of the leading causes of handicap among newborns.

Pelvic inflammatory disease:

Potentially life threatening, this can lead to increased risk of ectopic pregnancy & reduced fertility.  Of patients who have a chlamydia infection, 23% will develop PID within 4 weeks. Studies show that 20 to 27% of abortive women have chamydia. Approximately 5% of patients not infected develop a infection within 4 weeks after a first trimester abortion.

Perforated uterus:

Between 2 & 3% suffer perforation of the uterus with the risk increasing for those who have previously given birth & those who receive general anesthesia.  This can result in pregnancy complications later & develop into problems requiring a hysterectomy.

Peritonitis:

This is an inflammation of the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity causing severe abdominal pain & death if not treated.

Placenta previa:

The risk of this in later pregnancies (life threatening for both mother & child) increase by 7 to 15 fold.  The abnormal development of the placenta due to uterine damage increases the risk of fetal malformation, perinatal death & excessive bleeding during labor.

Approximately 10% of women suffer immediate complications, of which approximately 1/5 (20%) are life threatening. The 9 most common are: infection, excessive bleeding, embolism, ripping or perforation of the uterus, anesthesia complications, convulsions, hemorrhage, cervical injury & endotoxic shock. The most common "minor" complications include: infection, bleeding, fever, second degree burns, chronic abdominal pain, vomiting, gastro-intestinal disturbances & Rh sensitization.

Teenagers account for about 30% of all abortions & are at much higher risk of suffering complications.  This is true of immediate complications & long-term reproductive damage.  Approximately 45% are repeat aborters;  with some using the procedure as a means of birth-control and having as many as 6 in their 20's. Risks significantly increase for repeaters.

The emotional damage is extensive as well.  A high percentage of relationships & marriages end after abortions due to lack of trust &/or anger.  Some women experience the "crying child syndrome" - hearing a child crying in the night that they can never find to comfort.  Many experience self-hate, loathing & lack of self-respect.  Others consider & sometimes succeed in suicide.  I have heard of cases where counseling was needed even after more than 30 years had passed since an abortion.

Check out abortionfacts.com and Life Dynamics "Blackmon Wall".

© Children of the Heart 2003