"Abortion is safer for women than childbirth." This claim has been a medical mainstay for supporters of legalized abortion from the years just prior to the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe vs. Wade ans Doe vs. Bolton cases to the present. If official figures are to be believed, legal abortion in the United States is at least ten times safer than childbirth. That is what the US Government and official medicine at all levels would have us believe - end of discussion. 

But, are the official figures are based on the right questions?


  • Breast cancer
  • Acute grief reaction
  • Emotional disturbances
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Uterine perforation
  • And more?

Most common complications

Recent studies have revealed new evidence of damage created by abortion. Following legal abortion, you may have the following chances of complications.

Breast cancer
Recent studies have pointed out that there is what some might term a "dramatic relationship" between the rate of abortion and the rising incidence of breast cancer among women who have aborted. In fact, as the rate of abortion rises in America, so does the rate of breast cancer, with the most increased rate being among those women who have had abortions. Somerville, Scott, Esq., Before You Choose, AIM publications, 10/1/93; Willke, J.C., M.D., The Deadly After-Effect of Abortion: Breast Cancer, Hayes Publishing, 1993. 140% increased risk following a abortion. British Journal of Cancer 1981; 43:72-6      

See The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer

Post-abortion grief
This has been identified in numerous studies as a serious complication of induced abortion. Human Medicine 1991; 7:3:203-9

See also The Elliott Institute at www.afterabortion.org

Rachel's Vineyard at www.rachelsvineyard.org

Acute grief reaction
Experienced by 3 in 4 (77%) if abortion is for genetic reasons. British Medical Journal 1985; 290:907-9

Emotional and physical disturbances
Experienced by 1 in 2 (50%). These disturbances may last for months (may include depression, insomnia, nervousness, guilt, and regret). McGovern, Celeste, "Hag-Ridden by Post-Abortion Guilt," British Columbia Report, 10/18/93; British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 1980; 87:1115-22

Complications in future pregnancies
Experienced by 1 in 4 (24.3%). May include excessive bleeding, premature delivery, cervical damage, and sterility. Acta/Obstetrics and Gynecology Scandinavia 1979; 58:491-4

Pelvic inflammatory disease:
(PID) A first-trimester abortion can result in bacterial vaginosis, leading to PID--a condition that must be treated. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 1992; 166:100-103

Uterine perforations:
It can well occur that uterine perforations go unrecognized and untreated. Bernadell Technical Bulletin 1989; 1:1:1-2

Tubal pregnancy:
Legal abortion appears to contribute to an increase in ectopic pregnancy in younger women when associated with pelvic inflammatory disease. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 1989; 160:642-6

30% increased risk after one abortion. 160% increased risk after two or more abortions. American Journal of Public Health 1982; 72:253-6

Placenta previa:
A condition producing extremely severe, life-threatening bleeding in future pregnancies. 600% increased risk following an abortion. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 1981; 141:769-72

Decreased maternal bonding:
The loss of a baby through abortion may cause a mother to be less affectionate toward future children and may contribute to child abuse. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 1979; 24:610-20

Increased bleeding during subsequent pregnancies.
American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 1983; 146:136-40

Retention of placenta:
Increase during subsequent pregnancies. Acta/Obstetrics and Gynecology Scandinavia 1979; 58:485-90

Women at higher risk following an abortion

Several groups of women are at significantly higher risk for post-abortion problems. They should be particularly aware of the greater potential for complications.

Women under 20 experience a 2 times greater risk of medical complications than for women aged 25-29. Canadian Journal of Public Health 1982; 73:396-400

1 in 24 (4.1%) have experienced immediate medical complications. (These have included severe bleeding, infection, perforation of the uterus, and part of the baby being retained.) Canadian Journal of Public Health 1982; 73:396-400

150% greater risk of cervical injury than for women over 30 years of age. New England Journal of Medicine 1983; 309:621-4

Women who've had a previous abortion 200% increased risk of miscarriage after two or more abortions. Journal of the American Medical Association 1980; 243:2495-9

160% increased risk of tubal pregnancy. American Journal of Public Health 1982; 72:253-6

Increased risk of abnormal positioning of the baby in future pregnancies. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 1983; 146:136-40

Women with previous or existing pelvic infections (PID) experience a decrease in fertility following an abortion. Acta/Obstetrics and Gynecology Scandinavia 1979; 58:539-42

More days of post-abortion pain. Acta/Obstetrics and Gynecology Scandinavia 1982; 61:357-60

Increased risk of tubal pregnancy following an abortion. American Journal of Public Health 1982; 72:253-6

This brochure is not long enough to list the more than 750 references in medical literature, each of which indicate serious complications to legalized abortion. For a complete listing, please send $18.00 to The Rutherford Institute, P.O. Box 7482, Charlottesville, VA 22906-7482, 1-804-978-3888, and request "Major Articles and Books Concerning the Detrimental Effects of Abortion."



If you are going through a difficult time with your pregnancy, there are people who want to help you.

Bethany Christian Services
(800) 238-4269

Birthright USA National Office
(800) 550-4900

Care Net
(703) 237-2100

The National Life Center, Inc.
(800) 848-LOVE (5683)

The Nuturing Network
(800) TNN-4MOM