Possible Adverse Effects

UK Docs: Abortion Causes Mental Health Problems and Raises Suicide Risk

Doctors in England testifying before the British House of Commons said abortion is a serious risk to a woman’s mental health and can make her six times more likely to consider committing suicide. The doctors cited medical studies backing up their assertions as they commented on a bill to make the information available to women. Dr. Trevor Stammers, who practices at St. George’s University of London and teaches medicine there, said he supported the measure to make women aware of the risks and dangers associated with abortion. He said that in 26 years of medical practice, all of which come after Britain legalized abortion in 1967, he has seen numerous women come to him with physical or mental health problems resulting from their abortion. “The most recent research has shown very clearly that abortion presents a serious risk to the long-term mental health of women and why it is therefore important to know which women are being offered abortion on mental health grounds,” he told lawmakers, according to a report in the Evening Standard newspaper. Dr. Robert Balfour, a consultant gynecologist, agreed with the analysis and pointed to a study of 5,000 women in Finland conducted between 1987 and 2000 showing that those who had an abortion after an unplanned pregnancy were six times more likely to commit suicide than women who carried their baby to term. The newspaper reported him saying that evidence for mental health problems following an abortion is apparent in his hometown in South Wales. Balfour indicated that there were more psychiatric admissions and suicides among women who had abortions than those who gave birth....

Abortion, Infertility, Multiple Abortions

Canadian Study Links Abortion with Infertility A study published in April 2003 in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility found that women who have abortions may be left infertile if fragments of their aborted children's bones are left in the uterus. Researchers at Ottawa University used ultrasound to detect bone fragments that would have been missed by tube cameras. The researchers said that women could conceive again once the bone fragments were removed. Bones are present in unborn children by 12 weeks, the gestational age at which many abortions occur. Multiple Abortions You have probably heard the statistic that almost half of the abortions that occur each day in America are repeat abortions. In other words, almost every other woman walking into an abortion mill has had the procedure before. But how many times before? Of the abortions reported in 1999 to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 26.2% of women who aborted had experienced one previous abortion; 11.2% had two previous abortions, and 7.5% had three or more previous abortions. The situation may be even worse than this, because the reports that U.S. states make to the CDC are voluntary, and the largest abortion state, California, does not report. Forty-six states do report, and this led to a total count of 861,789 legal induced abortions in 1999. That means that in one year, by the most conservative data available, 64,634 abortions were performed on women who had had three or more previous abortions. [Elliot Inst News, 19May03] Why would a woman have multiple abortions? Several factors can account for this. Dr. Philip Ney points out that pregnancy, like sleep,...

Play the Detrimental Effects of Abortion Library Adventure

1. Go to your local library and request "Determinental Effects of Abortion: An Annotated Bibliography with Commentary, Third Edition" edited by Thomas Strahan. The ISBN number is 0-9648957-0-6. 2. If they don't have the book, then ask if they can please buy it for the library. If they do have the book, go to #5. 3. If they don't, ask some of your friends to request it. This is the most complete reference book listing the medical literature describing abortion complications. It has over 1200 entries in 140 categories. It definitely belongs in every public library. 4. If they still won't get it after receiving ten requests, ask your local pro-life group or church to buy it to donate to the library. Or, if all else fails, consider buying it as a tax-deductible gift to the library yourself. 5. When they get the book for you, read it! 6. If you like it, make it a point to tell people about it. Review it on Amazon. Encourage your book group to read it. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Email some friends about it. Talk about it on your favorite list. Help to spread the word! Learn more about "Detrimental Effects of Abortion" at http://www.afterabortion.org/Resources/detrimentaleffects.htm   This same technique can of course be used for ANY pro-life...

Are You Suffering from Post Abortion Stress?

October is National Depression Education and Awareness Month.     Are You Suffering from Post-Abortion Stress?   1. Do you find yourself struggling to turn off feelings or memories related to your abortion(s)? Do you need to keep reminding yourself to just forget it or put it behind you? Do you become uncomfortable around reminders of the abortion, such as being around babies or pregnant women, being in a doctor's office, or when hearing news reports about abortion?   2. Do you feel nervous or anxious at the idea of telling a loved one about your abortion? Is your abortion a secret that is holding you back from greater intimacy with others? When you do choose to share your abortion experience with others, are you overcome with strong feelings such as anger, grief, or guilt? Is there an increased distance between you and your parents, siblings, or partner because of the past abortion(s)?   3. Do you have trouble talking about the abortion issue as a political issue? When you do talk about it, do you find it hard to respect opposing views, or do you become overly emotional, either in support of or in opposition to it? 4. Do you tend to look at life in terms of "before" and "after" the abortion(s)? Are there traits about your "self" before the abortion that you lost but would wish to regain? Has the abortion changed the way you look at yourself? Have you lost interest in taking care of yourself? Have you tried to become less attractive to avoid the risk of becoming involved in a relationship, love, and sex? 5. Do you become angry or depressed more easily? Have you experienced "reconnectors" to your abortion, such as nightmares, flashbacks, or hallucinations, such as...

Women Want to Know About Abortion Risks: New Study Underscores Need for Informed Consent (JME, 7/06)

A new survey has found that women want to be thoroughly informed of all possible risks associated with elective medical procedures, and they generally want as much or more information when it comes to abortion. The survey of 187 women seeking obstetric and gynecological services at a Wisconsin women's health clinic was published in the Journal of Medical Ethics in July… The women were given a short survey in which they were asked to state their preferences for information about elective medical procedures. They ranked the degree of information they preferred regarding alternative treatments and complication rates, and rated the severity of different types of complications, ranging in severity from headaches to death. The results showed that 95 percent of patients wished to be informed of all the risks of a procedure and 69 percent wanted to be informed of all alternative treatments, not just the alternatives preferred by their doctor. Moreover, in their ranking of the seriousness of complications, mental health complications ranked as very serious, only slightly below the risk of death or heart disease. This finding may be especially important to the abortion debate since recent peer-reviewed studies have linked abortion to increased rates of mental health problems, such as suicidal behavior, clinical depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and sleep disorders.  "Doctors should anticipate that most women desire information on every potential risk, even risks that doctors may judge to be less serious or inconsequentially rare, and they will generally consider this information to be relevant to their decisions regarding elective procedures," the authors wrote.  Dr. David Reardon [dir, Elliot Institute, co-author of the study]: the...

Abortion v. Childbirth – Which is Safer?

http://www.lifeissues.org/connAbortion Abortion vs Childbirth – Which is Safer? Throughout the years of the controversy over abortion, those who favor it have relentlessly sounded one continuous note, i.e. “Abortion is safer than childbirth.” This was a central reason given in Roe vs Wade for the legalization of abortion. It continues to be one of their central arguments as they continuously repeat that “abortion is seven times safer than childbirth.” To say that this is a difficult question to answer accurately, is a gross understatement. Let’s first list reasons why it is difficult to nail this down. They include: * Misunderstandings as to what are the causes of deaths listed under “maternal mortality.” * Understanding that there are more deaths and injuries to women when abortion is performed later in pregnancy. * How valid is reporting of abortion deaths at the state governmental level? * Are the results from university hospital research on maternal abortion deaths the same as those from your neighborhood abortion business? * Would a hepatitis death from an abortion-related blood transfusion be counted as abortion death? Looking at the above, one is tempted to comment that the comparison of abortion deaths to childbirth deaths is not only comparing apples with oranges, but has so many qualifying factors and unknowns that any type of reasonably accurate comparison is all but impossible. Because of the above factors we can start by dismissing out of hand the abortion industry’s often repeated claim that “abortion is seven times safer than childbirth.” This is pure nonsense and has no basis in fact. To find our way through this, let’s explore the above...

When There's Little 'Care' in Women's Health Care

The Health Risks of Abortion by Mary Cunningham Agee   "If only I had known." This is the haunting lament that I hear almost daily on the toll free crisis hotline of the Nurturing Network. Since founding this charitable organization almost twenty years ago, I have been invited by literally thousands of frightened, wounded women to understand the painful circumstances of their troubled lives. Let me assure you that they do not call to express satisfaction in their "reproductive freedom" to terminate the life of their unborn child. They call desperately seeking immediate, practical assistance in order to avoid an abortion procedure that almost half of our clients have already experienced in a prior pregnancy. Therefore, my perspective on the topic of abortion is as detached as that of a medic on the front line of an active combat zone. I have come to know this topic up close and in living color through the tragic life stories of women who believed the lies hidden behind the marketing rhetoric about this allegedly safe and easy procedure. Almost all of them would tell you that if they could erase just one decision in their lives, it would be the irreversible one that ended the life of their unborn child. Their grief is difficult to capture here in a few words. It is always tinged with an unmistakable sense of sadness born of the realization that they have been betrayed. Betrayed by the boyfriend, the parent, the friend, or the employer who chooses to see her unborn child as an inconvenience or even a threat to their relationship with her. These...

Abortion Lies vs. Realities: Misleading Women About Their Health

At the 50th session of the U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women, members of the Pro-life, Pro-family Coalition for Non-Government Organizations are distributing vital information about abortion — information that flies in the face of the conventional leftist wisdom. More importantly, it is information that could mean the difference between life and death for women around the world who hear nothing except positive portrayals of abortion by “women’s rights” advocates. In fact, women around the world hear a constant refrain that abortion is essential to “empowering” women and creating “gender equality.” The counterbalancing information about abortion and its negative impact on women’s health and well-being from pro-life and pro-family advocates is carefully, meticulously documented. It often comes from the liberal organizations that promote their agenda though headlines that contradict their own research and facts. Here are some little-known facts about abortion that directly impact women’s health and well-being: — Abortion data is incomplete and/or inaccurate. While abortion is one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the United States, it is the least regulated, has less follow-up care, and is remarkably protected from the usual accountability for complications. In fact, abortion has escaped the thorough review, regulation and accountability to which other medical procedures are subjected. Doctors report that abortion is seldom identified as the source of problems or death: a medical diagnosis might indicate “severe pain” when the real cause is abortion. The medical records might cite “vaginal bleeding” as the problem when that bleeding stems from an abortion. An operation might be indicated because of a “ruptured ectopic pregnancy and internal hemorrhage” after an abortion...

Another Mother Dies from Abortion Procedure

As more and more cases of abortionists causing the deaths of their clients come to light, it becomes increasingly evident that women must be warned about this and other potential outcomes of the so-called “safe and legal” procedure. This time, the provider was Dr. Mohammad Imran, a veteran abortionist in Delaware who boasted in court of having performed “tens of thousands of abortions.” According to court testimony, while aborting the child of Gracealynn T. Harris in 1997, Imran allegedly punctured Harris’ uterus and failed to call an ambulance. According to a medical examiner Harris died of massive internal bleeding. An AP story reports that Harris was 18 weeks pregnant and was already the mother of a child born nine months before. See the AP coverage:http://www.nj.com/newsflash/jersey/index.ssf?/newsflash/get_story.ssf?/cgi-free/getstory_ssf.cgi?j0106_BC_DE–AbortionDeath&&news&newsflash-newjersey See this page on abortion malpractice cases for similar abortion provider stories:http://usconservatives.about.com/cs/abmal/[Wilmington, DE, 10Jan02,...

Approval of RU486 Jeopardizes the Lives & Health of Women and is Deadly to Unborn Children (2000)

The 28Sept2000 announcement by the Food and Drug Administration that the abortion drug RU486 can now be marketed in the United States is being called "a tragedy of monumental proportions". Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director, Barbara Lyons, said, "RU 486 is an abortion drug whose only proven use is to kill an unborn baby whose heart has already begun to beat. Potential exists for RU486 to cause severe disabilities in babies who survive the abortion, to injure and possibly kill women, and to potentially harm a woman's subsequent offspring."   The RU 486 chemical abortion procedure requires the administration of two potent and dangerous drugs. The first drug, RU 486, is a powerful steroid which blocks the action of the female hormone progesterone. As a result, the tiny developing child literally starves to death as the nutrient lining of the womb sloughs off. The secondary drug, either Cytotec or Misoprostol, causes muscular contractions to expel the dead baby. Prolonged excessive bleeding, severe cramps, and diarrhea are some of the common side effect of the RU 486 abortion procedure. As many as 82 percent of patients reported painful contractions with bleeding continuing anywhere from ten days to six weeks.   One to two percent of women bleed so severely that surgical intervention is required to stop the bleeding. Some women require blood transfusions.   During trials in the United States, one woman in Iowa nearly bled to death. Often, the RU 486 abortion procedure does not result in a complete abortion and the women must still undergo a surgical abortion.   In Wisconsin trials, 14% of chemically induced abortions...

Abortion: A Help or Hindrance to Public Health? (Congressional Testimony, 1974)

ED. This testimony is posted for two main reasons: — to show how much information was available in 1974 regarding abortion complications to women, such as sterility and prematurity of subsequent pregnancies. — to serve as an important archival piece.] by Andre E. Hellegers, M.D. Dr. Andre E. Hellegers is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University Hospital, Director of the Joseph and Rose Kennedy Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction and Bioethics, and past President of the Society of Gynecologic Investigation and of the Perinatal Research Society. On April 25, 1974, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments held a day of hearings on proposed constitutional amendments to protect the unborn child, with special emphasis on the public health aspects of the practice of abortion. At that time, Dr. Hellegers presented the following testimony on his own behalf. The abortion issue has been discussed at all sorts of levels. The issues of population expansion, of women's liberation, of adoption, of maternal health and infant mortality, of religion, of public health and morbidity, have all been brought into it and all sorts of statistics have been bandied about. Of course, these are all issues of interest to various groups, but fundamentally there would be no national debate of the present magnitude, if it weren't for one issue. The issue is whether, in abortion, human life is killed. That is the one key issue. Now, I believe it is necessary to state that issue more clearly. Usually the question is put in the form of "When does human life begin?" That may be putting the question in...

Fact Or Fraud: Is Abortion Safer Than Childbirth?

People, historically, are known to accept as factual that which is not. If they hear something repeated often enough, and forcefully enough, many people tend to accept it at face value. In fact, that was a frequent comment of Hitler. Consequently, propaganda, prejudices, and old wives’ tales have far more impact than they should. Thus, medical wisdom should lead us to discover how & where so-called “facts” developed, before we accept them as truth. In the summer of 1971, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) filed a brief before the U.S. Supreme Court asserting that “the medical procedure of induced abortion is potentially 23.3 times as safe as the process of going through ordinary childbirth.” 1   A couple of years later, in considering its Roe v. Wade decision, the Court “took as ‘established medical fact’ the contention that in the first 3 months of pregnancy ‘mortality in abortion is less than mortality in normal childbirth’.”2 Realizing that ‘safety’ in childbirth can be evaluated in terms of morbidity (complications) and/or mortality (death), we will direct our attention to evaluating ‘safety’ in terms of maternal mortality (maternal death) in this article.   The claim of the relative safety of abortion over pregnancy and childbirth has become one of the rallying cries for pro-abortion forces and is still supported by organizations such as the American Medical Association. In the April 5, 1989 edition of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, the AMA continued to state, “The medical risks to a woman of childbirth are greater than the risks of abortion.” But how much truth is there to this claim?  ...

Legal Abortion Isn't Safe Abortion (7/05)

by Bradley Mattes Those who were responsible for legalizing abortion in the seventies claimed that if abortion were legally available, women would be protected from unsafe, back-alley abortionists. Pro-abortion politicians and activists have repeated this mantra over the years, trying to scare the public into keeping abortion-on-demand the status quo. Is there any truth to their principal argument? Has legal abortion throughout pregnancy for virtually any reason been good for women’s physical, emotional and reproductive health? The evidence is clear. For the last two years, I’ve researched and documented known cases of women who have suffered at the hands of legal abortion. Keep in mind that abortion has been legal for thirty-two years. These are just the cases I became aware of during a twenty-four month time span when they either occurred or were prosecuted. Undoubtedly there are others. Paramedics in Valdosta, Georgia were called to an abortion mill on May 9, 2003. Charles Rossmann was aborting a woman who was eight months pregnant. He started the procedure and then left her alone in the abortion mill. She dialed 911 when she went into labor.   Paramedics had to force their way into the locked building to find the woman and her newborn baby. They transferred them to the hospital where the child was in critical condition. An emergency call went into an ambulance company in Cleveland, Ohio. An abortion mill needed to get a bleeding patient to the hospital. The abortionist on the phone coldly said, “I just can’t stop the bleeding because I can’t see what I’m doing and I want her out of here.” Then he...

Detrimental Effects of Teen Abortion (2001)

THE DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS OF ADOLESCENT ABORTION, PART I  This is a 2-part article on the effects of abortion on teens. About 20% of all abortions taking place in the USA today are performed on teens (1). Teenage abortion has been linked to a number of physical & psychological problems, including drug and alcohol abuse (2), suicide attempts and suicidal ideation (3), & other self-destructive behaviors. Compared to women who abort at an older age, women who abort as teens are significantly more likely to report more severe emotional injuries related to their abortions (4). This finding is supported by the fact that women who aborted as teens participate in disproportionately large numbers in post-abortion counseling programs (5). In a study of post-abortive women in WEBA support groups, for example, more than 40% of the women had been teenagers at the time of their abortions (6). THE PSYCHOLOGICAL RISKS Compared to women who have abortions in adulthood, teens who abort: — Are 2 to 4 times more likely to commit suicide. (7) — Are more likely to develop psychological problems. (8) — Are more likely to have troubled relationships. (9) — Are generally in need of more counseling and guidance regarding abortion. (10) — Are nearly 3 times more likely to be admitted to mental health hospitals than women in general. (11)   Studies have shown that the major factors in pregnancy decision making among teens are the attitude of the teen's parents, the baby's father, and her peers; the personality of the teen herself; and the cultural and public policy attitudes toward abortion by which she is surrounded (12)....

Physicians may be Legally Liable to Warn Women of Abortion Effects (2005)

An article published recently in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons points out that physicians may be legally liable if they fail to  tell patients about the dangers associated with intentionally terminating  a pregnancy. In the journal article, AAPS general counsel Andrew Schlafly advised doctors that they have a common law duty to disclose the risks of any medical procedure, including abortion. He warned that two malpractice  lawsuits have been successfully prosecuted in the U.S. for failing to disclose the link between abortion and other health problems, such as  breast cancer. Schlafly noted that the prevailing view among medical  experts is that more abortions in a society will result in higher breast  cancer rates. Considering the fact that the tobacco industry has had to contribute toward paying the costs of lung cancer, the attorney wonders who will pay the costs of breast cancer. Karen Malec, president of the  Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer observes that the abortion and cancer fundraising  industry "hoodwinked" journalists, lawmakers, doctors, and the public about the  link between breast cancer and abortion, and should be made to repay society for the costs incurred in the battle against breast cancer. [Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Spring 2005,...

List of Abortion Complications Seen Personally by an OB-GYN

The following is an incomplete list by memory of complications that I have seen from legal abortions. Please keep in mind that abortionists are very careful not to have patients referred to pro-life physicians for complications, and therefore, I am sure that many, many more cases are seen by those doctors who are on their referral lists. I have treated or reviewed records from the following complications: 1. Retained products [parts of human fetus] with infection resulting in hysterectomy [surgical removal of female organs]. 2. Retained products requiring D&C and antibiotic therapy [due to infection]. 3. Late second trimester or early third trimester rupture of membranes due to instrumentation at an abortion center resulting in intrauterine fetal demise secondary to infection. 4. Hepatitis contracted after abortion. 5. Ectopic pregnancy after abortion resulting in adolescent’s death. 6. Retained products of conception resulting in passage of fetus several days after the attempted abortion procedure [i.e. mother had to deliver her aborted *”young one” at home] 7. Uterine perforation [tearing] resulting in bowel injury requiring major surgery, bowel resection and long term gastro-intestinal debility in the patient. 8. An RH negative patient who failed to be given rhogam prophylaxis after the abortion procedure due to error in their blood typing. [Subsequent children, if RH +, would be in serious danger] 9. Post abortion infection resulting from the patient being put out on the street without transportation who was sexually assaulted the day of her abortion procedure. 10. Amputation of fetal limb with survival and delivery of fetus at term. (This was a case that was presented at the Armed Forces division of the...

CDC Overlooks Abortion Connection In Report on Women Drinking During Pregnancy (2002, 2004, 1/05; Update 2015)

Update: A recent survey showed the prevalence of binge drinking among non-married pregnant women was 4.6 times the prevalence among married pregnant women. [Cheryl H. Tan, MPH; Clark H. Denny, PhD, Nancy E. Cheal, PhD, et al, “Alcohol Use and Binge Drinking Among Women of Childbearing Age – United States, 2011 – 2013,” MMWR September 25,2015/64(37);1042-1046)  http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6437a3.htm?s_cid=mm6437a3_e ]   A study by the Centers for Disease Control found that 10 percent of pregnant American women consume alcohol during pregnancy, and that two percent of pregnant women drink frequently or engage in “binge drinking” (defined as consuming five or more alcoholic drinks on one occasion). The CDC analyzed data for more than 64,000 women of childbearing age who were surveyed by the 2002 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a random telephone survey. CDC researchers warned that women who are pregnant or might become pregnant should avoid consuming alcohol. The use of alcohol during pregnancy can cause serious health problems both for mothers and their unborn child, including fetal alcohol syndrom, birth defects, low-birth weight, and death. However, one factor the CDC researchers failed to take into account in their analysis was the high instance of substance abuse among pregnant women with a history of abortion. According to an Elliot Institute study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2004, among women who carry a pregnancy to term for the first time, women who had a history of abortion were five times more likely to use illicit drugs and twice as likely to consume alcohol during pregnancy compared to women who had not had a previous abortion....

Legal Information After Abortion

Life Dynamics refers women to legal help following abortion: If you were injured during an abortion procedure or if you suspect that a condition you are suffering from could somehow be related to a past abortion procedure, you may wish to call toll-free, (800) 401-6494. You have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and suffering.    If you have been sexually harassed or sexually assaulted by an abortionist or a clinic employee, then you are entitled to seek legal redress. Call toll-free, (800) 401-6494.    If you are a woman who has been injured by abortion, then call Life Dynamics. No matter how bad you may be feeling, you need to recognize that no abortionist should be allowed to get away with medical malpractice or sexual assault. Don't allow your injury or assault to go unreported, because that only perpetuates the problem and subjects other women to similar victimization. Both legal and emotional help is available for you. The doctor or clinic that injured you must be held accountable so that other women won't be victimized in the same way you were. By standing up for your rights you can also help protect other women from harassment, assault or poor medical practices. Also, please recognize that physical injury or assault is not the only cause of action available to you. All underage girls who obtain an abortion, birth control pills, a pregnancy test or treatment for a sexually transmitted disease may be able to sue a doctor or clinic that provided any of these without complying with their state's mandatory reporting laws. Likewise, a parent of an...

Suicide After Abortion (1994)

“Twenty-eight percent of women who regret their abortions attempt suicide, and over half of these women attempt suicide more than once,” according to a study by the Elliot Institute. (“Psychological Reactions Reported After Abortion,” Post-Abortion Review, Fall 1994, pp. 4-8; P.O. Box 9079, Springfield, IL...

Abortion Provider Admits Partial-Birth Abortions Can Hurt or Kill Women (4/04)

An anonymous abortion practitioner testifying at the partial-birth abortion trial in San Francisco admitted something pro-life advocates have known for a long time — abortion can kill women. Justice Dept attorney Mark Quinlivan asked the abortionist whether partial-birth abortions can perforate or lacerate the cervix, the lower uterine segment, or the uterus. The abortion practitioner said yes. Then, according to the court's transcript, Quinlivan questioned whether those damages to a woman cause a woman to "exsanguinate and die." "Yes," came the response again. "Can you tell us what exsanguinate means," the attorney asked. "To bleed to death”, the abortionist said. [San Francisco, http://www.lifenews.com/nat429.html,...