Abortion Risks

Abortion Facts:
From Someone You Can Trust

When making an important decision, it is extremely important that you have all of the accurate facts before you make your decision.

Abortion, as with any medical procedure, is not without risk.  You should know all of the risks – both immediate and long-term – before you decide.

Immediate Medical Abortion Risks

  • Pelvic Infection (sepsis)
  • Incomplete abortion
  • Blood clots in the uterus
  • Heavy bleeding (hemorrhage)
  • Cut or torn cervix
  • Perforation of the uterus wall
  • Anesthesia-related complication
  • Rh Immune Globulin Therapy (could endanger future pregnancies)


Long Term Medical Abortion Risks

  • Future childbearing – in some cases, complications associated with abortion may make it difficult or impossible to become pregnant in the future.
  • Breast Cancer – while having an abortion does not directly increase your chances of breast cancer, you should know that when you carry a pregnancy to term, you are less likely to get breast cancer.  That risk is not reduced if you have terminated a pregnancy.
    (Breast cancer information was obtained from www.WomansRightToKnow.org, a downloadable PDF titled “Handbook” made available through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.  Information can be found on page 26 of this document.)


Psychological Abortion Risks

It is important to note that some women encounter a variety of psychological effects after an abortion.  These range from irritability, difficulty sleeping, depression and even post-traumatic stress disorder.

It is often helpful for a woman to speak with someone if she is experiencing these symptoms.  If you have undergone an abortion, and are suffering from the psychological effects, please contact us to speak with a qualified Client Advisor.


*All information presented on this page was taken from www.WomansRightToKnow.org – a service of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment