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Abortions

An abortion is the medical or surgical termination of a pregnancy before the fetus has reached term. The sole purpose of an abortion is for the woman not to be pregnant any more. In an abortion, the fetus dies in the process. An abortion is done differently depending on how far along in the pregnancy that the woman is. Early in the pregnancy, there are pills to take that will end the pregnancy spontaneously. Later in the pregnancy, up until 24 weeks gestation, a dilatation and evacuation are performed using vacuum suction. Many areas forbid abortions after 24 weeks because a fetus is viable at that time.

About ten percent of women who have had an induced abortion will suffer from an immediate complication. Up to one fifth of these complications were considered major. If one includes minor complications and psychological side effects, the complication rate approaches a hundred percent.

More than a hundred possible complications can occur following an abortion. The most common minor complications include:

  • Bleeding.
  • Minor infections.
  • Chronic abdominal pain.
  • Fever.
  • Vomiting.
  • Rh sensitivity.
  • GI disturbances.

There can be major complications of abortion, including:

  • Excessive bleeding.
  • Serious infection.
  • Perforation of the uterus.
  • Blood clot.
  • Seizures.
  • Anesthesia complications.
  • Injury to the cervix.
  • Shock .

One study of over a thousand abortions revealed that 27 percent of the women had a post-abortion serious infection that lasted for longer than 3 days. These and other severe complications were often treatable but led to a long term loss of fertility that was less treatable. In fact, it is estimated that 3-5 percent of women who have had an abortion are rendered sterile as a result.

Women who develop a post-abortion infection get ectopic pregnancies at a rate of 5-8 times greater than normal women. In fact the rate of ectopic pregnancies has increased fourfold since abortions became legal. Even so, 12 percent of all maternal deaths are related to having an ectopic pregnancy.

During the dilatation of the cervix, there can be ripping of the cervix or uterus. One study showed that 12 percent of abortions in the first trimester needed stitching for laceration of the cervix. Many of these lacerations cause permanent weakening of the cervix and this can lead to premature birth. Symptoms of weakening of the cervix are present in up to 75 percent of women. The chances of miscarriage and preterm birth are increased by 300-500 percent. A total of 48 percent of first time abortion patients suffered from a complication in later gestations.

Most patients feel initial relief after their miscarriage but this emotion soon turns into a form of shell-shocked numbness in which the woman is unable to feel or express their feelings. About 40-60 percent of women begin to have a negative reaction to their abortion. Many complain of nerve disorders, sleeping problems, feelings of regret and depression. About 11 percent of women were prescribed psychotropic drugs by their doctors following their abortion.

One study in California indicated that women who had undergone abortions were more than 160 percent more likely to be hospitalized in the psychiatric ward in the 90 days after having an abortion. Rates of psychiatric admissions remained higher than normal for at least 4 years. In another study of 500 women who had had an abortion, it was found that half experienced negative emotions and around ten percent came down with serious psychiatric complications from their abortion.

Sexual dysfunction is common. About half of all women experienced problems with sex; some of these complications were long term. Some developed an aversion to men or an aversion to sex. Others had a loss of pleasure from sex and some had more pain from sex. Still others developed a promiscuous lifestyle.

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