- David Reardon has researched the effects of abortion to all persons who are involved in or close to the abortion event. The information shared below contains vital information for any teenager considering abortion. Despite the strong networking and positive messages from the abortion industry encouraging teenagers that abortion is a healthy choice for their crisis pregnancy, the truth is that abortion and teens are a deadly combination.
- People choosing abortion do so to “save their lives.”
- The two most common fears that trigger their abortion decisions are: The fear of a change in their identity, and the fear that their relationships will be negatively impacted by a pregnancy.
- Research shows that abortion can erode the life of the person – especially a teenager – instead of making their life better.
- There’s a high percentage of teens who felt they were pressured to choose abortion (64%).
- This means that 64% didn’t freely choose to have their abortions. You are valuable. You are worthy of not being pressured to do anything that would hurt you.
- If you have a teen friend considering abortion, please share this information with them.
Facts About Teen Abortion Risks
Suicide attempts — 6 times more likely
- Teenagers are 6 times more likely to attempt suicide if they have had an abortion in the last six months than are teens who have not had an abortion.
- Teens who abort are up to 4 times more likely to commit suicide than adults who abort,2 and a history of abortion is likely to be associated with adolescent suicidal thinking.
- Overall suicide rates are 6-7 times higher among women who abort.
- Teens who abort are more likely to develop psychological problems, and are nearly three times more likely to be admitted to mental health hospitals than teens in general.
- About 40% of teen abortions take place with no parental involvement,7 leaving parents in the dark about subsequent emotional or physical problems.
- Teens risk further injury or death because they are unlikely to inform parents of any physical complications.
- Teens are 5 times more likely to seek subsequent help for psychological and emotional problems compared to their peers who carry “unwanted pregnancies” to term.
- Teens are 3 times more likely to report subsequent trouble sleeping, and nine times more likely to report subsequent marijuana use after abortion.
- Among studies comparing abortion vs. carrying to term, worse outcomes are associated with abortion, even when the pregnancy is unplanned. Studies have found that among women who abort, there was a 65% higher risk of clinical depression,11 65% experienced multiple symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress disorder,12 and 64% reported that they felt pressured by others to abort.
Acute pain, infertility, and risk of death
- Teens report more severe pain during the abortion procedure vs. adult women. One study of pain during 1st trimester abortions found severe acute pain comparable to childbirth or cancer. Pain scores were significantly higher for teens.
- Teens are up to twice as likely to experience dangerous cervical lacerations during abortion compared to older women, probably because they have smaller cervixes which are more difficult to dilate or grasp with instruments.
- Teens are at higher risk for post-abortion infections such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and endometritis because their bodies are more susceptible to infection and they are less likely than older women to follow instructions for medical care. These infections increase their risk of infertility, hysterectomy, ectopic pregnancy, and other serious complications.
- An early full-term birth reduces breast cancer risk by as much as 1/3, while abortion of a first pregnancy carries a 30- to 50% increased risk of breast cancer. More than 90% of those who abort at 17 or younger have not had a previous full-term pregnancy, compared to 78% of patients age 18-19 and 49% of abortion patients overall.
- Teens are more likely to abort because of pressure from their parents or partner.
- Teens are more likely to report being misinformed in pre-abortion counseling.
- Teens are more likely to have riskier late-term abortions. According to the CDC, approximately 30% of abortions among teens take place at 13 weeks gestation or greater, compared to only 12% among women in general. Late-term abortions are associated with more severe psychological complications, higher risk of serious physical complications,and trouble in later pregnancies for mother and baby.
Grief, trauma and self-destructive outcomes
- Teens who abort are twice as likely as their peers to abuse alcohol, marijuana, or cocaine.
- Teens have greater difficulty coping after abortion, leading to problems such as suicide, psychological problems, substance abuse, and difficulty in relationships.
- Teens who report “being particularly fond of children” do not do as well psychologically after an abortion.
- Teenagers who have abortions often have problems regarding sexuality and parenting later in life.
- The abortion procedure itself is considered by many teenagers to be stressful and associated with feelings of guilt, depression, and a sense of isolation.
- Teens are more likely to report severe nightmares and to score higher on scales measuring antisocial traits, paranoia, drug abuse, and psychotic delusions than are older abortion patients.
- Teens who abort are likely to become pregnant again within the next few years. Among pregnant teens, those who had had an abortion were at least 4 times more likely to abort.
Elliot Institute, PO Box 7348, Springfield, IL 62971-7348
from The Eliot Institute News, Vol 6, No 4 on February 26, 2007.
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