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Abortion is the fifth leading cause of maternal death in the U.S., though many abortion-related deaths go unreported, classified instead as “blood poisoning” or “ovarian gangrene.”

Breast Cancer

Having an abortion increases the risk of breast cancer by 50% -- more if you’re under 18 or have a family history of breast cancer.

Cervical, Ovarian, Liver Cancer

Women who have an abortion double their risk of these cancers. More than one abortion quadruples the risk.

Uterine Perforation

About 3% of abortion patients suffer tearing of the uterus, which can result in hemorrhaging and possible hysterectomy.

Ectopic Pregnancy

Abortion raises the likelihood of life-threatening placenta previa by seven to fifteen times in subsequent pregnancies.


Abortion is associated with ectopic pregnancies later in life, which in turn decrease future fertility.

General Complications

About 10% of women who have abortions suffer immediate complications. Of these, 20% are life-threatening. 58% of women had “quite a bit” or “severe” pain during an abortion.

Psychological Damage

Planned Parenthood claims post-abortion psychological suffering is a “largely non-existent phenomenon [circulated by] anti-family planning extremists” and that “emotional responses to legally induced abortions are largely positive." But work by J. Lawrence Jamieson and Martin H. Stein of Dominion Hospital and Sleepy Hollow Psychiatric Center in Falls Church, Virginia, ranked abortion number nine on "The Holmes Personal Stress Scale," behind forcible rape, suicide of a husband or lover, divorce, sexual abuse, or death of a parent. The truth is, most patients report insomnia, flashbacks, panic attacks, depression, hysteria, eating disorders, suicidal tendencies, drug use, and/or sexual disinterest.


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