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(abortion-promoting) Planned Parenthood's own literature has once admitted, abortion is dangerous
to a woman's health:
"An abortion kills the life of a
baby after it has begun. It is dangerous to your life and health. It may
make you sterile so that when you want a child you cannot have it."
(Planned Parenthood, Aug. 1963, emphasis added)
fact is that there
are numerous and serious risks of abortion. Abortion
is not safe for women, even though it has been 'legalized' in the United
research confirms harmful effects of abortion on women.
a woman undergoes an abortion, the procedure unnaturally stops one of
the primary functions of her body. This unnatural interruption of the
natural workings of her very complex reproductive system is bound to
have consequences. And it does.
being a "dangerous medical procedure", that kills a child and
may physically and emotionally harm the mother, abortion also hurts
society and puts eternal souls at risk. The consequences of abortion
may be life-long and dire. For example, consider the following...
has been associated with many detrimental effects on a woman's health.
may increase a woman's risk of breast cancer by as much as 50%. Also, those who have
had an abortion may
be more likely than other women to have recurrences of breast cancer and develop a
aggressive form of cancer than those who carried their baby to term. Of
those who get breast cancer, as many as 25% may be expected to die from it.
A woman may be almost three times more likely to have breast cancer
due to an abortion than due to heredity. The risk may
increase further after more abortions. Note that the breast
cancer/abortion link has been documented in various studies. In
contrast, note that carrying a baby to term may actually decrease a woman's risk of breast
Abortion may increase
a woman's risk of liver cancer.
Abortion may increase
a woman's risk of ovarian cancer.
Abortion may increase
a woman's risk of cervical cancer.
from abortion may lead to cervical incompetence.
who have an abortion may suffer hemorrhage.
who have an abortion may experience scarring.
may result in permanent sterility. Those
who have had an abortion may be 3-4 times more likely to become sterile.
many as 1 in 10 women who have an abortion may become sterile. After an
abortion, a woman may end up permanently childless.
Abortion may result in
who have an abortion may suffer from infection.
may result in additional menstrual symptoms.
who have an abortion may suffer from a uterine rupture.
who have had an abortion may be 2-3 times more likely to suffer a
miscarriage in future pregnancies.
Complications from abortions may lead to
who have had an abortions may be significantly more likely to experience
life threatening ectopic pregnancies.
Abortion may be associated with overall poorer
health (including more frequent
psychological and medical problems).
who have had an abortion may more likely to suffer from
many as 3% of women obtaining abortions may suffer perforation of
their uterus as a result of the procedure.
who have had an abortion may be more than two times more likely to
Over 1% of women obtaining abortions may suffer
who has had an abortion may be more likely, in future pregnancies, to
develop premature rupture of membranes, and pre-term hemorrhaging.
many as 10% of women who have an abortion may be expected to suffer
immediate complications from the procedure (as many as 20% of these
being life threatening).
many as 94% of women have experienced negative psychological affects due
to their abortion. It is not uncommon for a woman who has had an
abortion to suffer from post abortion trauma (sometimes called "post abortion syndrome").
The woman may experience recurrent dreams, feelings that the
abortion is recurring, acute stress (especially on certain
occasions, e.g. during subsequent pregnancies, upon
seeing pregnant women, upon visiting medical facilities, etc.), sleeping
difficulties, avoidance of certain activities or situations (such as those
that might remind her of the abortion), feeling of detachment, withdrawal
from others, inability to love, difficulty concentrating, irritability,
depression, guilt, suicidal thoughts, and others...
may be a primary cause of suicide.
has been called "significantly linked" to behavioral
including drug abuse, eating disorders, and promiscuity.
most abortion-related deaths may not be reported as such, even the
reported deaths from legal abortions may be the fifth leading
cause of maternal death in the U.S.
of/complications from abortion may include: excessive bleeding,
severe pain, placental, uteral, or cervical infection or rupture, reduced
fertility / infertility, sterility, infection, cervical laceration,
uncontrollable blood clotting, ripping / perforation of the uterus, cervical injury,
endotoxic shock, second degree burns, embolism, anesthesia
complications, convulsions, chronic abdominal pain, seizures, coma, loss
of body organs,
insomnia, nervousness, nightmares (as many as 54% may continue to
have nightmares 5-10 years after an abortion), and death.
who have had abortions may be more likely, in subsequent pregnancies, to
experience miscarriages, stillbirths, low birth weights, infant deaths,
labor complications (including
excessive bleeding), as well as fetal malformation (reproductive
complications which are leading causes of handicaps among newborns may
be associated with abortion).
woman who has had an abortion may be twice as likely than other
have a premature birth in subsequent pregnancies. The risk may be
even higher risk with more abortions. Note that premature
labor may lead to many health problems, including cerebral palsy
(over a thousand babies with cerebral palsy are reportedly
attributable to the mother's previous abortion), and infant
woman who has had an abortion may be more likely to suffer depression
during a subsequent pregnancy.
may increase a woman's risk by as much as fifteen-fold of developing placenta previa in future pregnancies (which may be life threatening to
both the mother and the baby).
"Women who choose abortion face an elevated
risk of death from all causes, especially suicide. They
experience more depression, more substance abuse, more delivery
problems in later pregnancies, lower levels of general health, more
divorces, more breast cancer and countless other physical and
side effects/experiences of women who have had abortions: trouble facing
their children, remembering the sounds of the suction machine, finding
parts of the aborted baby left inside them, jealousy of other pregnant
women, feeling as though insides were being ripped out, remembering
seeing their perfectly formed dead baby in a basin. They have also ended
up infertile, in a psychiatric ward, dead, and haunted by the abortion.
have been many difficult and painful emotional and psychological effects on
women after an abortion (often called abortion trauma or post-abortion stress
disorder), including: regret, sadness, guilt, severe depression,
nightmares, anguish, despair, suicidal tendencies. There are thousands of documented
cases. The women find that abortion failed to solve their original "problem", but
instead added to their problems.
who have multiple abortions may have a much greater risk of complications.
addition the detrimental health effects indicated above, abortion may be
associated with various other harmful effects/situations. For example:
has ruined marriages and other relationships. As
many as 70% of couple's relationships may end within a month of an abortion.
woman may resent those who encouraged her to have an
has devalued life."
Abortion may impair one's ability to function ("It
doesn't go away; I think all the time about what happened").
ruins women's lives.
diminishes restraint against aggressing the defenseless."
Abortion detrimentally affects fathers.
are often regretted. At that point, they cannot be undone. There is
nothing the mother can do to bring back her aborted child.
The guilt may feel unbearable.
"Abortion saps the strength of our country by killing off our young and ruins the moral fiber of our nation."
women are injured by abortion today than before it was legalized." Many
women die from so called "safe, legal" abortions.
damages society as a whole.
is murder - a grave sin - which may cause the eternal loss of souls.
Abortion even prevents babies from receiving baptism.
Abortion affects medical personnel. Those who have assisted in
abortions have seen abortionists tear off limbs,
crush heads, and leave babies to die slowly. They may have even seen them
incinerated alive or torn apart for experiments. They have seen blood,
internal organs, limbs, fingers and toes removed from mothers' wombs. Various negative
effects on abortion industry personnel have been documented.
Abortion distorts the meaning of life: "Consequently,
when the sense of God is lost, the sense of man is also threatened and
poisoned... He no longer considers life as a splendid gift of God,
something 'sacred' entrusted to his responsibility and thus also to his
loving care and 'veneration'. Life itself becomes a mere 'thing', which
man claims as his exclusive property, completely subject to his control
and manipulation. Thus, in relation to life at birth or at death, man is
no longer capable of posing the question of the truest meaning of his
own existence, nor can he assimilate with genuine freedom these crucial
moments of his own history. He is concerned only with 'doing', and,
using all kinds of technology, he busies himself with programming,
controlling and dominating birth and death. Birth and death, instead of
being primary experiences demanding to be 'lived', become things to be
merely 'possessed' or 'rejected'. Moreover, once all reference to God
has been removed, it is not surprising that the meaning of everything
else becomes profoundly distorted." (Pope John Paul II, 1995)
Abortion helps unleash a 'conspiracy against life': "[W]e are
confronted by an even larger reality, which can be described as a
veritable structure of sin. This reality is characterized by the
emergence of a culture which denies solidarity and in many cases
takes the form of a veritable 'culture of death'. This culture is
actively fostered by powerful cultural, economic and political
currents which encourage an idea of society excessively concerned
with efficiency. Looking at the situation from this point of view,
it is possible to speak in a certain sense of a war of the powerful
against the weak: a life which would require greater acceptance,
love and care is considered useless, or held to be an intolerable
burden, and is therefore rejected in one way or another. A person
who, because of illness, handicap or, more simply, just by existing,
compromises the well-being or life-style of those who are more
favored tends to be looked upon as an enemy to be resisted or
eliminated. In this way a kind of 'conspiracy against life' is
unleashed. This conspiracy involves not only individuals in their
personal, family or group relationships, but goes far beyond, to the
point of damaging and distorting, at the international level,
relations between peoples and States." (Pope John Paul II,
Abortion helps contribute to a darkening of conscience: "The fact
that legislation in many countries, perhaps even departing from
basic principles of their Constitutions, has determined not to
punish these practices against life, and even to make them
altogether legal, is both a disturbing symptom and a significant
cause of grave moral decline. Choices once unanimously considered
criminal and rejected by the common moral sense are gradually
becoming socially acceptable. Even certain sectors of the medical
profession, which by its calling is directed to the defense and care
of human life, are increasingly willing to carry out these acts
against the person. In this way the very nature of the medical
profession is distorted and contradicted, and the dignity of those
who practice it is degraded...The end result of this is tragic: not
only is the fact of the destruction of so many human lives still to
be born or in their final stage extremely grave and disturbing, but
no less grave and disturbing is the fact that conscience itself,
darkened as it were by such widespread conditioning, is finding it
increasingly difficult to distinguish between good and evil in what
concerns the basic value of human life." (Pope John Paul II,
offends God. Abortion kills the child made in His image and
involves both the mother and the abortionist in a mortal sin.
is 'bad medicine' for everyone.
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