Abortion: Adverse Effects in a Nutshell (updated May 2013)

Women Need to Know, and have The RIGHT to Know…   The Effects to Their Bodies    The Effects to Their Future Children MENTAL HEALTH                    PRETERM DELIVERY/BIRTH DEATH                                 LABOR COMPLICATIONS BREAST CANCER                    PROBLEMS WITH THE PLACENTA                                         All Can Lead to –> DISABILITIES IN FUTURE BABIES   BREAST CANCER CONNECTION Women Have the Right to Know: there are Two Breast Cancer Risks Associated with Abortion All experts recognize the first risk:– that abortion denies women an opportunity to reduce their risk for breast cancer through childbearing. Scientists only debate the second risk: — known as the "independent link."         Eight medical organizations and a bioethics journal recognize the independent link – that abortion leaves a woman with more cancer-vulnerable cells than she had before she became pregnant. An additional medical group, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, has called for "full disclosure" of a "highly plausible" relationship between abortion and the disease.         Overwhelming evidence of a cause-effect relationship is supported by… 1. A biological explanation which scientists have been unable to disprove and do not challenge [ http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/biology/index.htm ]. 2. A study on rats. 3. Epidemiological research.             Scientists began extensive research [ http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/ABC_Research/index.htm ] on the abortion-breast cancer link in 1957. Why didn’t the government and cancer fundraising businesses want women to know about the existence of this research? If they cared about women’s health, they would have revealed their research to the public.         According to the "Annual Report to...

Aborting Women More Likely to Abuse Drugs, Alcohol (12/07)

WOMEN HAVING ABORTIONS MORE LIKELY TO ABUSE DRUGS, ALCOHOL STUDY SHOWS. Women who have abortions are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol compared with those who carry a pregnancy to term, a new Australian study shows.   The results of the study are important given that the American Psychological Association is preparing another review of the literature on how abortion adversely affects women. The study involved 1,122 women born at Mater hospital in the 1980s who were tracked following their birth. Kaeleen Dingle, of the University of Queensland, reported the results at a recent meeting of the World Psychiatric Association at a conference in Melbourne. About one-third of the women in the group had abortions and those who did were three times more likely to abuse hard drugs like heroin or meth than women who were never pregnant or kept their baby. The women who had abortions were also twice as likely to be an alcoholic or engage in binge drinking and 1.5 times more likely to suffer from depression. Dingle talked with the Australian Associated Press about the study. "This is a very interesting but also very controversial finding and it still remains to be seen what exactly the connection is," she said. "It might be that women who have abortions are also more likely to live a riskier and more abusive lifestyle but there's also some evidence to suggest the procedure itself could put women on that path," Dingle told AAP. "So these women, from my findings, seem to be definitely more affected in some ways," Dingle concluded. The results aren't surprising given that other studies...

Link Between Abortion And Substance Abuse

A study based on a national, random sample of 700 women participating in a reproductive history survey, found that of the women surveyed, those who aborted their first pregnancy were 3.9 times more likely to engage in subsequent drug or alcohol abuse than those who have never had an abortion. Women who engaged in substance abuse prior to their first pregnancy were excluded from the study. These findings had a high degree of statistical significance, p<.0001, which means that there is less than 1 chance in 10,000 that these finding could have occurred due to chance. Numerous other studies on substance abuse have also reported a correlation with abortion. For example, a 1981 random study found that women who admitted a history of induced abortion were more than twice as likely to be heavy drinkers (13%) compared to women in general (6%) (A. Klassen, "Sexual Experience and Drinking Among Women in a U.S. National Survey," Archives of Sexual Behavior, 15(5):363, 1986) The Elliot Institute study found that for all the women surveyed who were pregnant prior to a history of substance abuse, the rate of post-pregnancy substance abuse rose from 3.8% for women who did not abort, to 14.6% for women who did abort their first pregnancy. These findings are of special concern because abortion related substance abuse can have a profound impact on other areas of a woman's life, including relationship problems, job-related difficulties, health problems, and increased risk of auto accidents resulting in injuries to themselves and others. [The Post-Abortion Review, Fall 1993] "Comparing the maternal mortality risk of childbirth to that of abortion, when proper weight...