Am I too young to have an abortion?


Legally, in many states including Wisconsin, teens younger than 18 must have their parent’s consent when getting an abortion.  This means that a parent must go with them to the clinic.  That’s the legal answer.

But what about physically?  Is having that kind of surgery a safe thing to do when you’re a young teenager?

People often guess that teenagers are the ones who are most often getting pregnant and having abortions.  But the vast majority of abortions in the U.S. (8 out of 10) are performed on adult women.  Why are young teens wise not to choose to have abortions?

  • Teens are twice as likely to experience cervical lacerations (cuts) during abortion. This is due to the fact that they have smaller cervixes which are more difficult to dilate or grasp with instruments.
  • Teens are at high risk for post-abortion infections, such as pelvic inflammatory disease and endometritis (inflammation of the uterus).
  • Teens are less likely to take the antibiotics that were prescribed for them for infection they acquired during the abortion.
  • Abortion of a first pregnancy carries a 30-50% increased risk of breast cancer.
  • Teens are 6 times more likely to attempt suicide if they have had an abortion in the past 6 months.
  • Teens are 5 times more likely to seek help for psychological and emotional problems after an abortion.
  • Teens are more likely to have severe nightmares after their abortions.
  • Teens have a 4 times higher risk of repeat abortion.1
  • Teen abortion patients often feel they were misinformed during the counseling they had at the clinic.

You are young and you are pregnant.  You are the decision maker.  What will you choose to do?



1. Above bullet points are from: Detrimental Effects of Adolescent Abortion, Amy R. Sobie and David C. Reardon, Ph.D.; Originally printed in The Post-Abortion Review, Vol 9 (1) Jan-March, 2001