The following quotations are taken directly from medical and psychological studies on teen abortions.
About 20 per cent of all abortions taking place in the U.S. today are performed on
teens. Teenage abortion has been linked to a number of physical and
psychological problems, including drug and alcohol abuse, suicide attempts and
suicidal ideation, and other self-destructive behaviors.
The number and types of physical complications resulting from abortion are as diverse as the various abortion methods. Depending upon the type of abortion performed, physical complications can be as follows:
Some women experience immediate psychological problems from abortion. Other women repress feelings of guilt, delaying emotional reactions sometimes for several years and oftentimes triggered by their first planned pregnancy.
These complications include:
Suicide - Compared to pregnant women who had their babies, pregnant women
who aborted were 6-7 times more likely to die of suicide.
Substance Abuse - Women who abort are five times more likely to report subsequent
drug or alcohol abuse than women who deliver.
Among women who had unintended first pregnancies, those who had abortions were
more likely to report, an average of four years later, more frequent and recent use of
alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine than women who gave birth.
Psychiatric Treatment - A review of the medical records of 56,741 California
Medicaid patients revealed that women who had abortions were 160% more likely
than delivering women to be hospitalized for psychiatric treatment in the first 90
days following abortion or delivery. Psychiatric treatment rates remained
significantly higher for at least four years.
In a study of U.S. and Russian women who had abortions, 65% of U.S. women
experienced post-traumatic stress disorder, which they attributed to their abortions.
60% of the American women reported that they felt "part of me died" after their
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.
Subsequent Children Negatively Affected - The children of women who have
had abortions have less supportive home environments and more behavioral problems
than the children of women without a history of abortion. This finding supports the
view that abortion may negatively affect bonding with subsequent children, disturb
mothering skills, and otherwise impact a woman's psychological stability.
One study found that women with a history of induced abortions were 144% more
likely to physically abuse their children than women who had not had an abortion.
Abortion is linked with increased violent behavior, alcohol and drug abuse,
replacement pregnancies, depression, and poor maternal bonding with later children.
These factors are closely associated with child abuse and would appear to confirm a
link between unresolved post-abortion trauma and subsequent child abuse.
San Francisco (AP)- Holly Marie Patterson went to a Planned Parenthood clinic to quietly consider ways to handle a life change she wasn't ready for. One week later, the 18-year-old lay dying on an emergency room table, the victim of complications after she took the abortion pill.
Monty Patterson said he learned from an attending physician at the hospital that she had died after a massive infection caused by fragments of the fetus left inside her uterus caused her to go into septic shock.
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