Though Women's Pregnancy Options does not refer for or recommend abortion, we want you to have all the information you need in order to make your own informed decision. Below are some facts on abortion procedures and the physical and emotional side effects. you may experience.


Immediate complications — About 10% suffer immediate complications; one-fifth are life-threatening [1]


  • hemorrhage

  • infection

  • ripped or perforated uterus

  • cervical injury

  • embolism

  • anesthesia complications

  • convulsions

  • chronic abdominal pain

  • gastro-intestinal disturbances

  • endotoxic shock

  • second-degree burns

  • Rh sensitization

Infertility and life-threatening reproductive risks. Abortion can damage reproductive organs and cause long-term and sometimes permanent problems that can put future pregnancies at risk. Women who have abortions are more likely to experience ectopic pregnancies, infertility, hysterectomies, stillbirths, miscarriages, and premature births than women who have not had abortions [2].

Cancer — Significantly increased risk of breast cancer, cervical cancer, and lung cancer (probably due to heavier smoking patterns after abortion) [3].



  • 65% higher risk of clinical depression.  A longitudinal study of American women revealed that those who aborted were 65% more likely to be at risk of long-term clinical depression after controlling for age, race, education, marital status, history of divorce, income, and prior psychiatric state [4]

  • Depression risk remained high, even when pregnancies were unplanned. Among a national sample of Depression risk remained high, even when pregnancies were unplanned women with unintended first pregnancies, aborting women were at significantly higher risk of long-term clinical depression compared to delivering women [5].



  • 6 times higher suicide rate. Two national records-based studies from Finland revealed that aborting women were 6 times more likely to commit suicide in the following year than were delivering women [6].

  • Up to 60% have suicidal thoughts. According to a recent study in a major scientific journal, 31% had thoughts Up to 60% have suicidal thoughts of suicide after abortion. In another survey, approximately 60% of women with post-abortion problems reported suicidal thoughts, with 28% attempting suicide and half of those attempting suicide two or more times [7].

  • 154% higher risk of suicide. Another study of more than 173,000 American women who had abortions are 154% more likely to commit suicide than those who carried to term [8].

  • Higher suicide risks for teens. Teen girls are 6 times more likely to attempt suicide if they have had an abortion in the last six months than girls who have not had an abortion, and 2-4 times more likely to commit suicide after abortion compared to adult women [9].

Other psychological ramifications include, but are not limited to, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, eating disorders and substance abuse, sleep disorders, and relational issues [10].

1. Frank, et.al., "Induced Abortion Operations and Their Early Sequelae," Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners 35(73):175-180, April 1985; Grimes and Cates, "Abortion: Methods and Complications", in Human Reproduction, 2nd ed., 796-813; M.A. Freedman, "Comparison of complication rates in first trimester abortions performed by physician assistants and physicians," Am. J. Public Health 76(5):550-554, 1986).

2. Strahan, T. Detrimental Effects of Abortion: An Annotated Bibliography with Commentary (Springfield, IL: Acorn Books, 2002) 168-206.

3. H.L. Howe, et al., "Early Abortion and Breast Cancer Risk Among Women Under Age 40," International Journal of Epidemiology 18(2):300- 304, 1989; L.I. Remennick, "Induced Abortion as A Cancer Risk Factor: A Review of Epidemiological Evidence," Journal of Epidemiological Community Health 1990; M.C. Pike, "Oral Contraceptive Use and Early Abortion as Risk Factors for Breast Cancer in Young Women," British Journal of Cancer 43:72, 1981; M-G, Le, et al., "Oral Contraceptive Use and Breast or Cervical Cancer: Preliminary Results of a French CaseControl Study, Hormones and Sexual Factors in Human Cancer Etiology ed. JP Wolff, et al., (New York, Excerpta Medica,1984) 139-147; F. Parazzini, et al., "Reproductive Factors and the Risk of Invasive and Intraepithelial Cervical Neoplasia," British Journal of Cancer 59:805- 809,1989; H.L. Stewart, et al., "Epidemiology of Cancers of the Uterine Cervix and Corpus, Breast and Ovary in Israel and New York City," Journal of the National Cancer Institute 37(1):1-96; I. Fujimoto, et al., "Epidemiologic Study of Carcinoma in Situ of the Cervix," Journal of Reproductive Medicine 30(7):535, July 1985; N. Weiss, "Events of Reproductive Life and the Incidence of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer," Am. J. of Epidemiology, 117(2):128-139, 1983; V. Beral, et al., "Does Pregnancy Protect Against Ovarian Cancer," The Lancet 1083-7, May 20, 1978; C. LaVecchia, et al., "Reproductive Factors and the Risk of Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Women," International Journal of Cancer 52:351, 1992.

4. JR Cougle, DC Reardon & PK Coleman, “Depression Associated With Abortion and Childbirth: A Long-Term Analysis of the NLSY Cohort,” Medical Science Monitor 9(4):CR105-112, 2003.

5. DC Reardon, JR Cougle, “Depression and unintended pregnancy in the National Longitudinal Study of Youth: a cohort study,” British Medical Journal 324:151-2, 2002.

6. Gissler, Hemminki & Lonnqvist, "Suicides after pregnancy in Finland, 1987-94: register linkage study," British Journal of Medicine 313:1431-4, 1996; and M. Gissler, “Injury deaths, suicides and homicides associated with pregnancy, Finland 1987-2000,” European J. Public Health 15(5):459-63,2005.

7. D. Reardon, Aborted Women, Silent No More (Springfield, IL: Acorn Books, 2002).

8. DC Reardon et. al., “Deaths Associated With Pregnancy Outcome: A Record Linkage Study of Low Income Women,” Southern Medical Journal 95(8):834-41, Aug. 2002.

9. B. Garfinkel, et al., “Stress, Depression and Suicide: A Study of Adolescents in Minnesota,” Responding to High Risk Youth (University of Minnesota: Minnesota Extension Service, 1986); M. Gissler, et. al., “Suicides After Pregnancy in Finland: 1987-94: register linkage study,” British Medical Journal, 313: 1431-1434, 1996; and N. Campbell, et. al., “Abortion in Adolescence,” Adolescence, 23:813-823, 1988. See the “Teen Abortion Risks” Fact Sheet at www.theunchoice.com/resources.htm for more information.

10. Elliot Institute: AfterAbortion.com (2007). Psychological Risks: Traumatic Aftereffects of Abortion [Fact sheet]. Retrieved from http://www.unfairchoice.info/pdf/FactSheets/PsychologicalRisks.pdf

11. Elliot Institute: AfterAbortion.com (2007). Physical Risks: Life-Threatening Risks of Abortion [Fact sheet]. Retrieved from http://www.unfairchoice.info/pdf/FactSheets/PhysicalRisks.pdf