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Robin Ball {Caitlyn Bryant}

Physical Risks

Around 10% of women who have an abortion for the first time face immediate complications according to a study from the "American Journal of Pubic Health and the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners". The majority of these complications happen from incomplete evacuation of the uterus, infection, or injury from instruments used during the procedure.

Bleeding

Some bleeding after an abortion is normal. But when excessive or uncontrolled bleeding occurs after an abortion (often from a torn cervix or punctured uterus) a transfusion may be required. RU486 increases risk of heavy bleeding, with 1% women users requiring surgery to stop bleeding.

Infection

A pelvic infection can lead to high fever, hospitalization, and pelvic organ scarring. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), caused by bacteria entering the body during or after an abortion, can spread from the cervix to uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Fetal or placenta parts left inside a woman’s body (known as an incomplete abortion) can breed infection and can necessitate repeating the abortion procedure. A number of RU486 users have died as a result of sepsis (total body infection).

Incompetent cervix
During a normal pregnancy, the cervix remains tightly closed until term. An incompetent cervix has experienced premature opening during pregnancy. Forcible opening of the cervix from repeated abortions can damage or weaken it, causing miscarriages or difficulties in sustaining the weight of the baby in subsequent pregnancies.

Sterility
The "Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health" reports that women who have abortions more than double their risk of future sterility.

Breast Cancer
In 2003, the National Cancer Institute convened to evaluate the evidence. A world-wide meta-analysis of 83,000 women examined the relationship between abortion and breast cancer and found that induced abortion is not associated with an increase in breast cancer risk. Studies published since 2003 continue to support this conclusion.

Death
Recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report fewer than one death per only 100,000 legal abortions due to complications. Abortion can directly cause death as the result of bleeding, infection, organ damage, or other complications. Women who have abortions are four times more likely to die within the year following their pregnancy than women who carry to term. Most causes are associated with risk-related behavior including suicide, injury, accident, and homicide.

Psychological and Emotional Risks

A recent study found that more than 85 percent of women who aborted reported at least one negative reaction to abortion, such as such as sorrow, grief, regret or disappointment.9 About 35% reported five or more negative reactions. Up to 10% of surveyed women developed "serious psychiatric complications”.

Depression and Anxiety
Women who have experienced abortion have a 65% higher risk for developing long-term clinical depression than non-abortive women. Women with no history of anxiety are 30% more likely to develop generalized anxiety symptoms after an abortion.

Substance Abuse

Women with no prior history of substance abuse are 5 times more likely to abuse drugs and/or alcohol after an abortion than those who give birth. In one study, 60% women admitted increased alcohol use after an abortion.

Sleep Disturbances
More than one third of aborting women experience sleep disturbances or nightmares.

Eating Disorders
39% post-abortive women battle subsequent eating disorders including bulimia, binge eating, and anorexia nervosa.

Repeat Abortions

Among women having abortions in the United States, about one-half have already had a prior abortion. Abortion places a woman at higher risk for another abortion.

Smoking
Women who abort are twice as likely to become heavy smokers.

Suicide
A study reported port-abortive women were six to seven times more likely to commit suicide in the following year than were women who gave birth.

Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome (PASS)
Women who have experienced abortion and who present a specific set of symptoms are diagnosed with Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome (PASS), now widely accepted as a subset of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. PASS symptoms include depression, inability to function normally, inability to manage personal responsibilities, self-harm, self-destructive behavior, suicidal thoughts or activity, and the desire to get pregnant.


Additional psychological and emotional risks associated with abortion include difficulties with normal functioning, (maintaining school, job, or family responsibilities), child abuse, avoidance behavior, irritability, outbursts of anger, and violent behavior.

What else does abortion cause?

*It compounds tragedy

*Harms women

*Damaging to relationships and families

*Doesn't hide problems

*Avoids responsibility

*Extreme drop of birth rates in the present

In the past...

In 1999 there were around 15,500 abortions. This definitely effects the future because in 2005, 574 classes (of 27 children per class) will not need teachers, around 15,500 x $? clothes wont be bought, around 62,000 pairs of shoes or sandals won't be needed (school shoes, sandals & 2 pair of sneakers), food for around 15,000 children wont be necessary, $620,000 worth of school stationery ($40 per child) won't be bought, $1,000,000 - $1,550,000 in fees schools will miss out on, $1,000,000 + worth of toys won't be bought. How are people supposed to keep a job to support themselves if nothing is needed?
Supermodel Kathy Ireland uses Science and Reason to tell Mike Huckabee why she became pro-life.

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