PREGNANT - NOW WHAT?
women who contemplate having an abortion must be armed with the facts. Laws must
require Informed Consent of the risks and benefits, as with any other medical
pregnant - now what?
a lot of talk these days about being "pro-choice".
The laws of the land, via Roe v.
Wade, allow women the ultimate choice,
but it's not as simple as you think.
have been done which show that there are physical and psychological risks for
the woman who has an abortion. Apparently,
educating pregnant women about these risks has never been a priority, and after
more than 40 years of legalized abortion and more than 58 million deaths, there
is more than enough evidence that abortion is clearly NOT in the best interest
of the mother.
the past 43 years, women have not been properly informed of the potential
outcomes of this seemingly innocuous action. After all, it's an outpatient
procedure and they're home in a few hours. It's
a handy way to take care of an inconvenient problem.
believe that abortion is murder, but I'm not going to talk about that right
now. The pregnant woman needs to
know what she's getting herself into if she chooses to abort her baby, and in
most cases, the abortion clinic is not going to give her that information.
few states are passing legislation making it mandatory for the patient to give
their informed consent. What is
It is the process
by which a patient learns about and understands the purpose, benefits, and
potential risks of a medical or surgical intervention, and then agrees to
receive the treatment.
even if we don't view abortion from a moral perspective, one should look at it
from the medical / physical health perspective.
Byron C. Calhoun, M.D. and Mailee R. Smith, Staff Counsel, Americans United for
Life, have published the study, "Significant Potential for Harm: Growing
Medical Evidence of Abortion's Negative Impact on Women".
are some of the highlights of the study.
1973, abortion was enshrined as a constitutional "right" by the U.S. Supreme
Court without any real consideration of the impact of abortion on maternal
health. No medical data was entered into the legal record. In fact, when Roe v.
Wade was decided four decades ago, there were few, if any, peer-reviewed studies
related to the long-term risks of abortion.
evidence proves that there are much more than "small" risks involved in
abortion; abortion carries significant short- and long-term physical risks, as
well as serious psychological risks. In fact, medical evidence now reveals that
the risk of mortality is higher following abortion than it is following
childbirth and that these risks increase substantially later in pregnancy.
are even more susceptible to these short-term risks than are older women.
abortions caused by abortion-inducing drugs (such as RU-486) also carry
particular short-term risks. The drug's label acknowledges that "[n]early
all of the women who receive Mifeprex and misoprostol will report adverse
reactions, and many can be expected to report more than one such
RU-486 (also known as the Mifeprex regimen) has only been tested on women aged
18 to 46. We simply do not yet know how the use of the Mifeprex regimen has
impacted young women; however, we do know that, as of April 30, 2011, the FDA
knew of 2,207 adverse events in the U.S. related to the use of RU-486, including hemorrhaging, blood loss requiring
transfusions, serious infections, and women's deaths. Among the 2,207 adverse
events were 14 deaths, 612 hospitalizations, 339 blood transfusions, and 256
infections (including 48 "severe" infections).
is substantial medical data demonstrating that abortion can have a significant
long-term physical impact. Three of the best documented areas are 1) an
increased risk of pre-term birth in subsequent pregnancies, 2) an increased risk
of placenta previa in subsequent pregnancies, and 3) an increased risk of breast
to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, premature birth is the leading cause of
infant mortality in the United States. It is also a risk factor for later disabilities for the child, such as
cerebral palsy and behavioral problems.
the significant increased risk of pre-term birth following abortion, the
millions of women who have had or will have abortions, and the fact that up to
75 percent of women who abort will have a subsequent pregnancy, the potential
impact of women's abortions on subsequent pregnancies is overwhelming.
previa occurs when the placenta covers all or part of the cervix during
pregnancy; if it persists until labor, it carries substantial risks for both the
mother and the unborn child. For the mother, the risks of placenta previa
include life-threatening hemorrhage and post-partum hemorrhage. Risks to the
child include pre-term birth and perinatal death.
as with pre-term birth, the more abortions a woman has, the higher her risk of
placenta previa in subsequent pregnancies. And again, because the vast majority
of women who have had or will have abortions will have a subsequent pregnancy,
this risk is substantial and affects hundreds of thousands of American women and
at least 53 out of 68 worldwide studies demonstrate an association between
abortion and subsequent breast cancer. One of the most prominent of these
studies was conducted by pro-choice researcher Dr. Janet Daling and specifically
funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Daling found that "among women
who had been pregnant at least once, the risk of breast cancer in those who had
experienced an induced abortion was 50 percent higher than among other women."
Rather than the typical 12 percent lifetime chance of developing breast cancer,
a woman who aborted was found to have an 18 percent lifetime chance. Among women
with a family history of breast cancer, Daling found an increased risk of 80
percent. Tragically, Daling found an increase in risk of 100 percent (a doubled
risk) for women who obtained an abortion before the age of 18. For women who had
a family history of breast cancer and obtained an abortion before the age of 18,
the risk of subsequent breast cancer development was incalculably high. All 12
women in the study that fit into this category developed breast cancer by the
age of 45.
peer-reviewed studies have examined the effect abortion has on the mental state
of women and confirm that abortion poses significant risks, including increased
risk of depression, anxiety, and even suicide.
Women face an 81 percent increased risk of mental health problems
following abortion. Specifically, women with a history of abortion had a 34
percent increased risk of anxiety, a 37 percent increased risk of depression, a
110 percent increased risk of alcohol use, and a 155 percent increased risk of
suicide following abortion.
the Fergusson study found that 27 percent of women who aborted reported
experiencing suicidal ideation, with as many as 50 percent of minors
experiencing suicide or suicidal ideation. The risk of suicide was three times
greater for women who aborted than for women who delivered. Likewise, the
researchers found that 42 percent of women who aborted reported major depression
by age 25, and 39 percent of post-abortive women suffered from anxiety disorders
by age 25.
to women who delivered, women who had an early or late abortion had
significantly higher mortality rates within 1 through 10 years.
incidence of death following abortion clearly illustrates the danger of
later-term abortions. Compared to an abortion at eight weeks gestation, the
relative risk of mortality increases exponentially (by 38 percent for each
additional week) at higher gestations.
have concluded that it may not be possible to reduce the risk of death in
later-term abortions because of the "inherently greater technical complexity
of later abortions." This is because a later-term abortion requires a greater
degree of cervical dilation, the increased blood flow in a later-term abortion
predisposes the woman to hemorrhage, and the myometrium (middle layer of the
uterine wall) is relaxed and more subject to perforation.
advocates claim that abortion is a safe procedure and is, in fact, "safer"
than childbirth. These claims are false and ignore the medical data. Abortion
causes harm - both physical and psychological - and this harm impacts large
numbers of American women every year. Given that over 50 million abortions have
been performed since 1973, the number of women harmed by abortion is
considerable and growing.
full report is available here) http://www.aul.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Abortions-Medical-Risks-2013.pdf
of health risks
State of Texas has provision in the Public Health and Safety Code, a.k.a. "Woman's Right to
Know Act", with a detailed section on Informed Consent, which must include the
the physician's name;
(B) the particular medical risks
associated with the particular abortion procedure to be employed, including,
when medically accurate:
(i) the risks of infection and
(ii) the potential danger to a
subsequent pregnancy and of infertility; and
(iii) the possibility of increased
risk of breast cancer following an induced abortion and the natural protective
effect of a completed pregnancy in avoiding breast cancer;
the probable gestational age of the unborn child at the time the abortion
is to be performed; and
the medical risks associated with carrying the child to term;
physician who is to perform the abortion provides, in a manner understandable to
a layperson, a verbal explanation of the results of the sonogram images,
including a medical description of the dimensions of the embryo or fetus, the
presence of cardiac activity, and the presence of external members and internal
physician who is to perform the abortion or an agent of the physician who is
also a sonographer certified by a national registry of medical sonographers
makes audible the heart auscultation for the pregnant woman to hear, if present,
in a quality consistent with current medical practice and provides, in a manner
understandable to a layperson, a simultaneous verbal explanation of the heart
pregnant - now what?
So if you're pregnant and considering an abortion, if you won't consider the
value of the life growing within you, consider your own health, and that of the
children you may want in the future.
Whatever you're feeling at the moment, YOUR LIFE MATTERS.
You may feel like you messed up your life. Or you may feel you've been
"doing fine" on your own up til now. It's time to stop and take stock
of what's really important to you. Your pregnancy may seem to be one of life's
bumps in the road for you. You can still choose freedom, but there's no
Abortion is more than a moral issue, but medical facts support the morality. God's design in religion is meant to protect us from harm. The "liberal" ideal of freedom only entangles us with more chains that block us
from true freedom and happiness.
Please note that your state may not provide you with the legal safeguard of
informed consent. So it's up to you to find out the facts. There are
several resources available to help you through the pregnancy. You may
choose to keep the baby or give him or her up for adoption. Forty years from
now, that child will have his or her own life. YOU make that possible.
Everyone deserves a chance at life.