Why are you opposed to abortion when it helps women so much?
Although abortion advocates claim that abortion is necessary for women’s well-being, in fact abortion seriously harms the women who choose it. Women deserve better than abortion.
Abortion increases a woman’s risk of developing breast, cervical, ovarian, and liver cancers. Subsequent pregnancies are more likely to involve complications including placenta previa, premature labor, or ectopic pregnancy. Moreover, abortion is the fifth leading cause of maternal death in the United States, despite significant levels of underreporting.
Women are also psychologically harmed by abortion. Post-abortive women have higher rates of drug and alcohol abuse. They have higher rates of suicidal thoughts and attempt suicide more often. They are more likely to abuse their current
children and to get divorced. Post-abortive women are more likely than the general population to seek counseling or hospitalization for depression.
Thousands of women who have experienced the negative impact of abortion in their lives have begun to speak out through programs like the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. They are sharing their stories of how abortion has harmed
them on websites like SilentNoMore.com and at AfterAbortion.org.
- See also How often are women coerced into getting abortions? and Where can a woman get help dealing with the pain of abortion?
Deveber Institute. “Summary Of Women’s Health After Abortion.” Accessed October 10, 2013. http://www.deveber.org/drupal/summary-womens-health-after-abortion.
Elliot Institute. “A List of Major Physical Sequelae Related To Abortion.” Accessed October 10, 2013. http://www.afterabortion.org/physica.html.
Ring-Cassidy, Elizabeth and Ian Gentles. “Maternal Mortality.” In Women’s Health After Abortion: The Medical And Psychological Evidence. Toronto: Deveber Institute, 2003. http://www.deveber.org/text/chapters/Chap6.pdf.