Consequences, side effects and sequelae of induced abortion or termination of pregnancy in women

1. The abortion -related maternal death rate is 2.95 times higher than the rate of pregnancies leading to childbirth in the population of Finnish women between the ages of 15 and 49. Research conducted at the Finnish National Research and Development Center for Well-being and Health, which concluded that pregnancy contributes to women’s health (Authors: Gissler M, Berg C, Bouvier-Colle MH, Buekens P. Magazine: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2004, 190:422-427).

2. Women who had abortions had a death rate nearly double that of controls over the next 2 years , with the increased death rate persisting for at least 8 years. (Authors: Reardon DC, Ney PG, Scheuren F, Cougle J, Coleman PK, Strahan TW. Deaths associated with pregnancy outcome: a record linkage study of low income women. Journal: Southern Medical Journal 2002, 95:834-41).

3. Mortality of 1.1/100,000 women who aborted at 12 weeks of gestation , research carried out by the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Reproductive Biology of the University of Paris (Rev Prat. 1995, 45:2361-9) .

4. Appearance of septic deaths in users of RU-486 due to the fact that its mechanism of action favors infections by especially dangerous germs. Recently published by Dr. R. Miech of Brown Medical School, Rode Island, USA, in July (Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2005) and by the team at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA (New England Journal of Medicine 2005 , 353:2352-60).

5. Perforation associated with induced abortion in up to 1.2% of cases . Carried out by the same French group as in point 3 (Rev Prat. 1995, 45:2361-9).

6. Ovarian vein thrombosis with atypical presentation , from Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, USA (Obstet Gynecol. 2000, 96:828-30).

7. Induced or spontaneous abortion does not cause breast cancer according to the best studies to date, but it is clear that the decision to delay pregnancy has a consequent loss of the protection that pregnancy provides, with an increased net risk, investigation of the University of North Carolina, USA (Lancet 2004, 363: 1007; Obstet Gynecol Survey 2003, 58:67-79. Review).

8. Aspiration abortion produces an increased risk of child loss in the next pregnancy, results from the Shanghai Institute of Planned Parenthood Research, China (International Journal of Epidemiology 2003, 32:449-54).

9. After an induced abortion (curettage), the risk of placenta previa in the next pregnancy and premature birth, with possible spontaneous abortion, occurred in 3 women out of 4 with a history of abortion , OR 2.9, (95% CI 1.0-8.5), results from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Division of Public Health Sciences, Seattle, WA, USA (International Journal Gynaecol Obstet. 2003, 81:191-8). This had previously been proven in a study from the University of Medicine of New Jersey OR 1.7 (95% CI 1.0-2.9) (American Journal J Obstet Gynecol. 1997, 177:1071-1078).

10. In this sense, women with a history of induced abortion had a higher risk of presenting a highly premature newborn than those without this history (3 out of 5 women with a history of induced abortion presented severely preterm birth; OR + 1.5, 95 % CI 1.1-2.0) (Bjog. 2005, 112:430-437).

11. A previous abortion, provoked or spontaneous, has been shown not to protect against preeclampsia and gestational hypertension in the following pregnancy ; however, a previous full-term birth does protect against these serious clinical situations in the woman’s next pregnancy (OR 0.41, 95% CI 0.38-0.44). Cohort study by Dr. Xiong and colleagues from the University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in collaboration with Tulane University, New Orleans, USA (Journal of Reproductive Medicine 2004, 11:899-907).

12. Sánchez Durán in a Spanish review study published in the JANO magazine in 2000 (number 1349) summarizes the main complications of which women must be informed in the voluntary interruption of pregnancy in the first trimester. Immediate complications are cervical tears, uterine perforation, bleeding, and persistence of embryonic remains within the uterus. Late complications are uterine adhesions or synechiae, scarring, and cervical incompetence, which cause premature delivery and risk of increased loss of the next child.

13. Induced abortion increases the risks of changes in mood (depression and self-harm), framed in post-abortion syndrome, a study by the University of North Carolina, USA (Obstet Gynecol Survey 2003, 58:67-79) .

14. Women who have suffered an induced abortion have a generalized stress syndrome 30% more likely than those who have carried out their unwanted pregnancy . Results by Jesse R. Cougle et al., published in Journal of Anxiety Disorders 2005, 19:137-142.

15. Women who had aborted presented psychological distress up to five years after the interruption , with the effects of avoidance, regret, anguish and anxiety being greater in the case of induced abortions than in spontaneous ones. This is a recent study by AN Broen et al., from the University of Oslo, in Norway (BMC Med. 2005, 3:18).

16. Abortion caused by fetal malformation has sequelae as serious as the loss of a healthy child, and the voluntary termination of pregnancy in this case causes social isolation and depression . These are the results of a Norwegian and a German study by the Klinik und Poliklinik fur Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie (Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 1997, 9:80-85; Zentralbl Gynakol. 2001, 123:37-41).

17. Serious alterations in sexual relations and sexual desire have been described in numerous women who had voluntary abortions in studies at the University of Geneva, in Poland, and in China (Gynecol Obstet Invest. 2002, 53:48-53; Pieleg Polozna. 1988, 5:7-9 contd; European Journal of Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biology 2005). In recent research from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, it has been found that approximately one third of the women in the study who have had an abortion suffer short-term inhibition and deterioration in their sexual desire and pleasure. In addition, 17% of women looked much less attractive after the termination of pregnancy.

18. Priscilla K. Coleman’s team from Human Development and Family Studies, from Bowling Green State University, USA, has shown that women with a history of an abortion, spontaneous or induced, were 99% more likely to abuse physical on their children than those who had not had abortions ; if there were several abortions, the increased risk was 189%. When abortion was induced, women had a 144% increased risk of physical abuse of their children (Acta Paediatrica 2005, 94).

19. The previous research team has shown that serious sleep disturbances occur in the vast majority of women after the abortion , especially in the 180 days after the induced abortion and that this decreased three years after the abortion (Sleep , 2005).

20. Again, this PK Coleman team found that women who have had abortions are associated with a high risk of consuming drugs of abuse of various types (British Journal of Health Psychology 2005, 10, 255–268). This finding was not present in women whose abortions were spontaneous.

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Past Events  

Pregnancy on Campus Initiative 

  • April 25 – 5pm at the Biblical Studies Center 
  • Speakers: Lisa Atkins, Danielle Leon Guerrero 

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  • May 2 – 5pm at Foote Ballroom (Boise State SUB)
  • Guest Speakers: Jesse Taylor, Jason Herring, Connor York 

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  • May 5 – May 7

End of the Year Banquet 

  • May 17 – 6pm at the Lookout Ballroom (Boise State SUB)

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Teamed up with the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust group. Had conversations with people and changed some people’s opinions


Had our end of the year banquet, May 17.