The abortion industry has claimed for years that a right to legal abortion is necessary to protect women’s health. In fact, just the opposite is true. Abortion at any stage is an unnatural intervention into a natural process. While first-trimester abortion has a low risk overall for the procedure itself, the safest course is for a woman to carry her pregnancy to term. And there is much more at stake. Long-term risks include:
- Premature birth: At least 130 studies have shown an increased risk of subsequent premature birth and low birth weight infants following abortion.
- Placenta Previa: the condition during pregnancy in which the placenta covers the
cervix, increasing the risks of life-threatening maternal hemorrhage, premature birth, and
perinatal child death.
- Breast cancer: It is undisputed that a woman’s first full-term pregnancy reduces her risk of breast cancer. Moreover, numerous studies have shown that abortion may increase a woman’s lifetime risk of breast cancer.
- Mental health: A 2011 study in the British Journal of Psychiatry examined 22 studies conducted from 1995 to 2009 and found that women face an 81 percent increased risk of mental health problems following abortion. There were increased risks of 34 percent for anxiety, 37 percent for depression, 110 percent for alcohol abuse, and 155 percent for suicide.
- Maternal mortality: Abortion advocates have long incorrectly asserted that abortion is safer than childbirth. Many studies show the opposite, including one that found maternal death to be three times more likely from abortion than from childbirth.
- Risks of later-term abortions: Abortion’s risks increase the further into pregnancy it is performed. Beginning at five months of pregnancy, the risk of complications from abortion rises dramatically.
So why not reduce the risks? Why not require that abortion facilities be regulated just like other minor surgical care centers? If abortion is such a boon for women, why shouldn’t we require the facilities where the procedure is performed be sterile and have procedures to care for women if complications arise?
Oh no, that would be restrictive, and since 1973 abortion has become a “constitutional right,” that we cannot infringe on. And so “women’s health centers” have sometimes become places where women die.
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