Abortions by pill more painful than surgical abortions

Studies found:

“More pain was reported with medical abortion both during the abortion and during the follow up period. (Jensen found 77.1% of medical abortion patients reported pain vs. 10.5% of surgical abortion patients.)”

Winikoff B, Sivin I, Coyaji KJ, et al. Safety, efficacy, and acceptability of medical abortion in China, Cuba, and India: a comparative trial of mifepristone and misoprostol versus surgical abortion. Am J Obstet Gynecol 1997;176:431-7.

Cabezas E. Medical versus surgical abortion. Internat J Gynaecol & Obstet. 1998;63 Supp. 1, S141-6.

Elul B, Ellertson C, Winikoff B, Coyaji K. Side effects of mifepristone-misoprostol abortion versus surgical abortion. Data from a trial in China, Cuba, and India. Contraception 1999;59(2):107-14.

The FDA and RU-486: lowering the standard for women’s health. Staff report prepared for the Hon. Mark Souder, Chariman, Subcommitte on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resouces, October 2006.

Medical Officer’s Review of Amendments 024 and 033“, Final Reports for the U.S. Clinical Trials Inducing Abortion up to 63 Days Gestational Age and Complete Responses Regarding Distribution System and Phase 4 Commitments, Finalized November 22, 1999

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Adolescents feel “guilt, shame, and fear of disapproval” after abortion

From a 2004 study that did a group interview with post-abortive adolescents:

“The loss of a potential child by abortion gives rise to the universal experience of mourning, in which adolescents are developmentally more vulnerable…. Because strong cultural and religious taboos exist, aspects of traumatic grief are sometimes ignored….

The adolescents described feelings of guilt, shame, secrecy, or confusion that clarified how the social stigma of abortion was reinforced in the high school setting. American adolescents are more likely to disapprove of abortion because they tend to respond in absolute terms to moral issues. Stone and Waszak’s study (Stone, R., & Waszak, C. (1992). Adolescent knowledge and attitudes about abortion. Family Planning Perspectives, 24, 52-57) demonstrated that adolescents’ first association to abortion was “killing the baby” ….

The group members in our study indicated they felt guilty when they were seen entering the abortion clinic, a feeling exacerbated by protesters who were sometimes encountered outside the clinic. Classroom discussions that condemned abortion also made the adolescents feel uncomfortable and guilty….

The socially based negative emotions of guilt, shame, and fear of disapproval were still noted in these group participants, even 40 years after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed women’s right to choose, offering some societal acceptance of this choice. These feelings of guilt and shame, along with the shock and trauma of the pregnancy, can prevent adolescents from incorporating the experience of abortion into a learning experience because the defense of denial is used. This denial may cause a repetition of the shameful experience….

Some group members shared that they talked to the fetus and said, “I’m sorry,” to the fetus.”

Daly, Joan Ziegler, ACSW; Ziegler, Robert, MD; Goldstein, Donna J, RN, CPNP “Adolescent Postabortion Groups” Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services; Thorofare Vol. 42, Iss. 10, (Oct 2004): 48-54.

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Questionnaire shows high rate of depression, guilt in post-abortive women

A questionnaire given out by a pro-life researcher asked post-abortive women whether they felt certain emotions after their abortions. Following are the percentages of women in the survey that said yes to the following emotions. The question was “Circle any that apply to your abortion.”

guilt: 89%
worry: 80%
shame: 87%
panic: 60%
emptiness: 61%
sorrow: 71%
isolation: 62%
anxiety: 73%
anger: 77%
fear: 85%
insecurity: 81%
weeping: 69%
depression: 81%
regret: 82%
eating disorders: 55%
sexual problems: 62%
emotionally numb: 59%
suicidal thoughts: 67%
chemical dependency: 73%
separated from God: 53%
hopelessness: 79%

Jennifer O’Neill Healing through God’s Grace after Abortion (Deerfield Beach, Florida: Faith Communications, 2005)

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Study shows increased risk of substance abuse after abortion

The study indicates that women with a prior history of abortion are twice as likely to use alcohol, five times more likely to use illicit drugs, and 10 times more likely to use marijuana during the first pregnancy they carry to term compared to other women delivering their first pregnancies.

“History of induced abortion in relation to substance abuse during pregnancies carried to term” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology December 2002; 187 (5)

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Survey of Post-Abortion women reveals emotional turmoil

Lisa Arnold compiled the following statistics in 2002 and 2003 from over 200 postabortion women. She works in a crisis pregnancy center, and this is taken from the women who came to her who had past abortions.

 

My decision to abort had a great impact on my life

agree: 88%
disagree: 7%
not sure: 5%

 

my self-image has changed since my abortion

agree 78%
disagree 11%
not sure 11%
 

I cry over my abortion and aborted child (1 – 3 times per month)

agree: 44%
disagree: 39%
not sure: 17%
 

I feel disconnected and separated from others since my abortion.

Agree: 58%
disagree: 36%
not sure: 6%
 

I have trouble expressing my emotions.

Agree: 62%
disagree: 29%
not sure: 9%
 

I find myself being easily angered

agree: 72%
disagree: 21%
not sure: 7%
 

I struggle with depression.

Agree: 69%
disagree: 20%
not sure: 11%
 

I am startled when unexpectedly approached or hear a loud noise.

Agree: 57%
disagree: 20%
not sure: 11%
 

I often feel moody or irritable.

Agree: 80%
disagree: 11%
not sure: 9%
 

I have trouble sleeping.

Agree: 69%
disagree: 22%
not sure: 9%
 

I struggle with guilt and self-condemnation over my abortion.

Agree: 85%
disagree: 10%
not sure: 5%
 

I have kept my abortion a closely guarded secret.

Agree: 82%
disagree: 17%
not sure: 1%
 

I thought my life would stay the same or change for the better after my abortion.

Agree: 67%
disagree: 18%
not sure: 15%
 

I worry a lot about the future.

Agree: 78%
disagree: 14%
not sure: 8%
 

I feel separated from God because of what I have done.

Agree: 65%
disagree: 30%
not sure: 5%
 

I am afraid God will punish me for having my abortion.

Agree: 72%
disagree: 16%
not sure: 12%
 

It is difficult for me to make decisions and stick to them.

Agree: 56%
disagree: 2%
not sure: 42%
 

I thought the emotional pain I have felt over my abortion would lessen over the years but it has gotten stronger.

 

Agree: 78%

disagree: 19%
not sure: 3%
 

I think about how old my child would be now.

Agree: 86%
disagree: 12%
not sure: 2%
 

My abortion experience as a whole was the biggest mistake of my life.

Agree: 73%
disagree: 15%
not sure: 12%
 

My abortion experience was a relief and helped me to get on with my life.

Agree: 12%
disagree: 76%
not sure: 12%
 

I would never have another abortion.

Agree: 79%
disagree: 3%
not sure: 18%
 

I would have another abortion if I felt I had to.

Agree: 9%
disagree: 80%
not sure: 11%
 

I am interested in free postabortion counseling.

Agree: 75%
disagree: 11%
not sure: 14%
“The women surveyed are of ages ranging from 14 to 58 and come from widespread socioeconomic environments, are of various ethnic backgrounds and have diverse religious beliefs. The period of time from their abortion experience to complete the survey varied from one month to 37 years. The information was gathered in an effort to research the overall effect abortion has on a diverse number of women. It will be used to benefit those involved in counseling and recovery from postabortion stress.”

Jennifer O’Neill Healing through God’s Grace after Abortion (Deerfield Beach, Florida: Faith Communications, 2005) 63-65

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Study: women who have repeat abortions have problems getting along with others

“A study at the University of Pennsylvania found that repeat abortion patients had more difficulty in getting along with others and evidenced significantly higher distress scores on interpersonal sensitivity, paranoid ideation, phobic anxiety, and sleep disturbance than women undergoing abortion for the first time.”

Ellen Freeman “Emotional Distress Patterns among Women Having First or Repeat Abortions” Obstetrics and Gynecology 55 (5), 1980, 630

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Article in medical journal: abortion triggers obsessive-compulsive disorder

Author Curt Young summarizes a case profiled in  the American Journal of Psychotherapy about a woman whose mental illness was greatly exacerbated by her abortion:

“[The article] recounted the story of a 19-year old woman whose abortion was recommended by a psychiatrist as a mental health safeguard. At the time of her abortion no medical personnel were present with her, so she had the opportunity to study the dead infant. She was especially affected at seeing the tiny but well-formed toes and fingers.

In a strange sort of self-retaliation, she concluded that her hands and feet were dirty and hurt other people. She began washing her hands thirty to forty times each day and refused to wear shoes or socks.  Soon she was continually washing all her possessions. She could no longer function normally. Fifteen months after her abortion, this young woman was admitted to a psychiatric unit.”

The study was:  Steven Lipper and W. Morton Feigenbaum “Obsessive Compulsive Neurosis After Viewing the Fetus During a Therapeutic Abortion” American Journal of Psychotherapy 30 1976, 666-74

The book that cited it:  Curt Young The Least of These: What Everyone Should Know about Abortion (Chicago, Illinois: Moody Press, 1984) 62-63

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Studies show abortion pill carries 50 X the risk of childbirth

“Mifepristone abortion has 10 times more risk of death from infection than surgical abortion and 50 times more risk of death from infection compared to childbirth.”

McGregor J, FDA: Emerging Clostridial Disease Workshop, Transcript, May 11, 2006, Atlanta, GA. Available from: (accessed March 24, 2007).

Greene MF. Fatal infections associated with mife-ristone-induced abortion. N Engl J Med 2005:353(22):2317-8

Fischer M. Fatal toxic shock syndrome associated with Clostridium sordellii after medical abortion. N Engl J Med 2005:353:2352-60

Gary MM, Harrison DJ. Analysis of severe adverse events related to the use of mifepristone as an abortifacient. Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2006;40(2):191-7 (published online Dec. 27, 2005) (www.theannals.com)

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Professor of Endocrinology gives warning about abortion and breast cancer

In a letter to David Kessler, M.D., Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, January 27, 1993, Joel Brind PhD., Baruch College, Professor of Endocrinology wrote:

..This letter is to bring to your attention a serious public health hazard associated with use of RU-486 and other anti-progestational steroids as abortifacients, namely, a markedly increased risk of breast cancer. To the best of my knowledge this issue has not been raised in any government hearings….despite the fact that increased risk of breast cancer associated with abortion of first pregnancy is well established in the literature….

What is the magnitude of the breast cancer hazard inherent in abortion? A review of relevant literature… puts the relative risk of abortion of first pregnancy at between 1.5 – 2, over and above the increased risk resulting from delaying first full-term pregnancy by any means. (For multiple abortions relative risks estimates range as high as 4 or 5.)

Quoted in “ABORTION A Briefing Book For Canadian Legislators” Campaign Life Coalition NATIONAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE July 2002

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Post-abortion women tell of complications from abortion

David Reardon wrote a book where he interviewed over 200 post-abortion women. He found that:

Of the 252 women surveyed, approximately one-half complained of suffering from at least one type of physical complication following their abortions. Moreover, at least 18 percent of those surveyed reported having suffered permanent physical damage traceable to the procedure…

Of the 47 percent who reported suffering from a complication, 40 percent said it was a very minor problem, 26 percent said it was moderately severe, and 35 percent claimed that it was very severe…

Of the short term complications, the most frequently identified was postoperative haemorrhage, noted by 15 percent of all women surveyed. Infection was the second most likely complication, reported by 9 percent of those surveyed…

Of the aborted women surveyed, approximately 6 percent were forced to undergo a total hysterectomy to remove a uterus that had been damaged or infected by the abortion procedure. Another 8 percent reported that postabortion infection had left them sterile by blocking their fallopian tubes or through some other means. Yet another 4 percent contracted cervical cancer, which they attribute to the abortion…

Besides suffering sterility from the above causes, many aborted women suffer a reduced ability to carry a later wanted pregnancy to term. Of the women surveyed, approximately 20 percent later suffered miscarriage of a In addition, no less than 8 percent were diagnosed as suffering from cervical incompetence after their abortions. Other birthing problems and reproductive damage were frequently reported.

David C. Reardon Aborted Women: Silent No More ( Loyola University Press, Chicago, 1987) 22-25

The women David Reardon interviewed were all women who regretted their abortions.

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