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Some will claim that abortion is a caring alternative to mothers involved in a crisis prconcernedegnancy.  It is argued that it’s the safer alternative to child birth or raising the child in an unwanted home.  What is never discussed is just how severely abortion hurts the very women it is supposed to help.

First off abortion is a traumatic event.  It is not another simple out-patient procedure where the patient would go home and forget about it the next day.  There is a multitude of testimonials of women who experience anxiety, loneliness, and severe depression after this “simple procedure.”  In fact, a study in Finland found that women who have had abortions are six times more likely to commit suicide than those who carried the child to term.  (M. Gissler, “Injury deaths, suicides and homicides associated with pregnancy, Finland 1987-2000,” European J. Public Health 15(5):459 63,2005.) This and many other studies point to Post Abortive Syndrome.  Similar to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder it can negatively affect the lives of post abortive women if not properly treated.

Outside of the mental risks of having an abortion, there are also physical risks that are often glossed over.  There are twenty-three different world-wide studies that show a 50% increased risk of breast cancer for a woman who has undergone an abortion if she has never had a child before.  (J. Brind et al., “Induced abortion as an independent risk factor for breast cancer: a comprehensive review and meta-analysis,” Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 50 (1996): 481-496.)  Additional studies show that a woman who has one abortion is 2.3 times more likely to have cervical cancer and a woman with two or more abortions is 4.92 times more likely.  If the increased risk of cancer were not frightening enough, one study found women are 4 times more likely to DIE during an abortion than natural child birth. (Gissler, M., et. al., “Pregnancy-associated deaths in Finland 1987-1994 — definition problems and benefits of record linkage,” Acta Obsetricia et Gynecolgica Scandinavica 76:651-657 (1997). (The mortality rate was 41 per 100,000 registered ended pregnancies (27 for births, 48 for miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies, and 101 for abortions).

In addition to these incredibly dangerous risks, this so called “safe procedure” also increases a woman’s risk of uterine perforation, cervical lacerations, and infertility.

As you can see from all the above risks, having an abortion is far from safe for women. Women deserve better than the trauma that abortion offers.  Women in crisis pregnancies deserve compassion and help, not another traumatic life event.

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