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New research confirms: Abortion is not a threat to a woman's health
Monday, 30 January 2012 08:32

by Emily Bridges, Director, Public Information Services

A study came out last weel that contradicts one of the anti-abortion movement's attempts to mislead the public: the common claim that abortion is bad for a woman's health.

Not so, says a study out this week in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology

From Reuters:

Researchers [in the United States] found that women were about 14 times more likely to die during or after giving birth to a live baby than to die from complications of an abortion.

It's not that surprising, since abortion procedures are very safe.   

Just two months ago, another study found that abortion does not cause women to have mental health problems. In fact, notes the leader of the research team:


Kendall said mental health problems seemed to be linked specifically to unwanted pregnancies rather than abortion.
Being pregnant when you're not ready leads to a heightened risk of depression. That's not an argument against abortion, but it is a good argument for contraception.

Yet 14 states require women seeking abortion to be counseled on the physical or mental health risks of the procedure. These requirements aren't to support the health of women. They're to mislead, scare, and instill guilt. 

We've also recently learned that legislating against abortion only renders it more likely to be unsafe, and puts women at risk for bad injury and death.

So don't be fooled when the anti-abortion movement tells you they "care about" women. Visit the 1 in 3 Campaign to hear real women's stories about this very personal decision. 
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