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Who Does Abortion Affect

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There is a common misconception about what abortion does to individuals and to our society as a whole. Many people believe that women can have an abortion, and that it won't further affect anyone after the termination of the pregnancy. This is untrue. The person that abortion affects the most is the fetus itself. The fetus' life is terminated, oftentimes painfully, and it will never have the opportunity to experience the happiness of life. However the effects don't stop at just the fetus. This section describes the other people impacted by abortion.

(1) After the fetus, the person most affected by abortion is the mother. This section describes statistically who has abortions, for what purposes women have these abortions, and what they feel about abortion.

(2) Abortion can affect women in many ways after the abortion has taken place. This section calls attention to the side effects of abortion.

(3) While the woman and the child are the two people most directly affected by the abortion issue, others are affected as well. This section explains how everyone are affected by abortion.

Who Has Abortions?

ˇ  Abortion is the most frequent surgical operation (National Center for Health Statistics)

ˇ  Roughly 42% of all baby girls and 25% of all baby boys are aborted. - (Planned Parenthood)

ˇ  40% of women who have abortions will have more than one (AG Institute)

ˇ  50% of women who have abortions use it as their sole means of birth control (AG Institute)

style='font-size:10.0pt'>From an American survey of 1900 women who have had abortions

Age:

<15yrs(3%)
15-19(42%)
20-24 (33%)
25-29 (14%)
>30 (8%)

Completed Education:

<12yrs(6%)
High School(39%)
13-14 years (26%)
Bachelors (19%)
Masters (4%)
PHD (1%)

Number of Children

0 (73%)
1 (14%)
2 (9%)
3 (4%)
>3 (1%)

Race

African-American 35%
White 33%
Hispanic 15%
Other 17%
(CDC 1995)

Reason for abortion:

Mother's Health (3%)
Baby has possible health problem (3%)
Rape or Incest (1%)
Couldn't Afford Baby (21%)
Not ready for the Responsibility (21%)
Concerned how child would change lives (16%)
A relationship problem (12%)
Not mature enough (11%)
Had all the children they wanted (8%)
Other (4%)

Knowledge About Abortion

ˇ  95 per cent of women who have had abortions said that their Planned Parenthood counselors gave "...little or no biological information about the fetus which the abortion would destroy." (Aborted Women:Silent No More, David Reardon Crossway Books, 1987)

ˇ  39000 women who have had an abortion are members of NARAL. 245000 women who have had abortions are members of National Right to Life.

What was your opinion about the nature of the fetus before your abortion?

Human (26%)
Non-human (30%)
Other (40%)
No answer (4%)

What is your opinion about the nature of the fetus afteryour abortion?

Human (97%)
Non-human (0%)
Other (0%)
No answer (3%)

Were you given information about the biological nature of the fetus?

no (93%)
yes (2%)

Do you feel their opinions were biased?

no (6%)
yes (72%)

If so, for abortion?

yes (89%)
no (0%)

ˇ  The Supreme Court ruled against requiring information to be given to women considering abortion because such information "may serve only to confuse her and heighten her anxiety." -"Thornburgh v American College of OBGYN", 1986

ˇ  "Professional marketing experts are used to train clinic employees on how to sell abortions." - former abortion clinic owner Carol Everet

ˇ  "We were told to find the woman's weakness and work on it. The women were never given any alternatives. They were told how much trouble it was to have a baby." -Debra Henry, abortion clinic staffer.

ˇ  "In fact many women will come to me considering abortion, and I have been personally told that I am to turn the monitor away from her view so that seeing her baby jump around on the screen does not influence her choice." -Shari Richard, Ultrasonographer, "Ultrasound: A Window to the Womb" (Video)

ˇ  "Seeing a blown-up, moving image of the embryo she is carrying can be distressing to a woman about to undergo an abortion. The [sonogram] screen should be turned away from her." -Dr. Dorfman, OB GYN News, Feb 1986.

Physical Side Effects

Many people don't realize that abortion is actually a dangerous procedure. While techniques are improving, there is still a high probability of negative physical side-effects, and almost certain negative psychological side-effects. Abortion is an unnatural process that interrupts one of the primary functions of the human body. A woman's body naturally resists the abortion, causing physical and emotional problems.

One of the most disturbing things about this is that many women aren't informed about the side-effects of abortion. The Supreme Court, in 1986, ruled that women don't have to be informed about these risks before the abortion. As a result, 80% of women who have had abortions said their counselors gave "...little or no information about the potential health risks which might follow the surgery." and 68% felt "...the procedure was not described with any degree of depth of clarity." (Aborted Women:Silent No More by David Reardon, Crossway Books, 1987)

style='font-size:13.5pt'>The Information Women Are Denied:

ˇ  "An abortion kills the life of a baby after it has begun. It is dangerous to your life and health." -Planned Parenthood 'Plan Your Children' pamphlet, 1963.

ˇ  "I surveyed 486 colleages: 87% had hospitalized women with complications with legal abortion, 91% had treated patients with complications from legal abortions, and 24 doctors reported patients dying from legally induced abortions." - anonymous obstetrician

ˇ  "the occurrance of either induced or spontaneous abortions independently and significantly increased the risk of subsequent development of secondary infertility." - Study of 252 women at Harvard from the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Feb 1993 issue.

ˇ  "Uterine bleeding occurred on the second or third day after RU486 intake in 1256 women (88.8 percent), and lasted 11.7 +/- 6.4 (SD) days, range 2-55 days. One subject had blood transfusions due to excessive bleeding." -Shangchun, W., et al., Contraception.

ˇ  "Prolonged bleeding/spotting lasting more than two weeks had been found in more than 20 percent of women who had complete abortion in this study [of RU486]." --Shangchun, W., et al., Contraception.

ˇ  African American women who have had abortions are 4.7 times more likely to get breast cancer. -- Laing AE, et al.Breast Cancer Risk Factors in African American Women: The Howard University Tumor Registry Experience. Similar studies have supported this among women of other races, such as "Risk of Breast Cancer Among Young Women: Relationship to Induced Abortion" by Janet Darling, et al. in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute

Most Probable Side Effects
Intense Bleeding
Placental, Uteral, or Cervical Infenction or Rupture
Reduced Fertility
Breast Cancer

Common Abortion Side Effects
Infertility, Cervical Laceration, Uncontrollable blood clotting, Severe hemorrhage, Seizures, Coma, Cancer, Death

Psychological Side Effects

ˇ  A survey was conducted of 1900 women who had had abortions. The survey asked "Were there any negative psychological effects... [caused] by your abortion?" 94% answered "Yes." 2% answered "No."

ˇ  Another study was conducted by Dr. Anne Speckhard at the University of Minnesota. She concluded, "After 5-10 years 54% of mothers choosing abortion had nightmares, 81% had preoccupation with their aborted child, 35% had perceived visitations with their child, and 96% felt they had taken a human life."

ˇ  39000 women who have had an abortion are members of NARAL. 245000 women who have had abortions are members of National Right to Life.

Abortion affects Children

The legalization of abortion doesn't just affect the women who have abortions and the fetuses aborted. Abortion affects every one of us, alive with the right to life. In the late 1960s and early 1970s abortion rights supporters promised that through the legalization of abortion society would be improved. Fewer teenagers would become pregnant. Child abuse would drop. Children would only live in homes that could support them. Children would live in more loving homes and crime rates would drop. Yet, either because of or coincidentally with Roe vs. Wade, history has shown the opposite. Abortion has opened up a "back way out:" an excuse to have unsafe sex, and an excuse for violent murder. Our society, and the children who have grown up in the abortion-filled world, have been negatively affected.

ˇ  Abortion hasn't helped prevent crime against children. Since abortion was legalized in 1973, the number of reported cases of child abuse has increased by 1,497%, from 167,000 in 1973 to 2.5 million in 1991. 1

ˇ  "... elective abortion is an important cause of child abuse... Recent evidence indicates many women harbour strong guilt feelings long after their abortions. Guilt is one important cause of child battering and infanticide. Abortion lowers women's self-esteem and there are studies reporting a major loss of self-esteem in battering parents...." 3

ˇ  Abortion hasn't helped prevent violent children.Since Roe v. Wade, the number of juvenile violent crime arrest rates has almost doubled, from 215.9 arrests per 100,000 people in 1970, to 430.6 arrests per 100,000 people in 1990.2

ˇ  Abortion hasn't helped couples. Researcher Emily Milling studied over 400 couples with women who had made a decision to have an abortion. 70% of the relationships ended within one month of the abortion.

ˇ  Abortion hasn't prevented children from being born into poverty. Since Roe v. Wade, the number of children relying on AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) has risen from 8.5 per cent (of all children) in 1970 to 11.9 per cent in 1990. 2 The number of children living in poverty has increased, from 15.1 per cent (of all children) in 1970 to 20.6 per cent in 1990. 2

ˇ  Abortion has become an excuse to have unsafe sex. Since Roe v. Wade, the number of teen pregnancies has more than doubled, from 4.94 per cent (of all teenagers) in 1972 to 9.92 per cent in 1990. 2

ˇ  Abortion has increased the number of abortions required of teenagers, and the number of births to teenage mothers. Since Roe v. Wade, the number of teen abortions has increased, from 19.9 per thousand teenagers in 1972, to 43.8 per thousand teenagers in 1990, while the number of teen births has increased from 22.8 per thousand teenagers to 42.5 per thousand teenagers in 1990.2

ˇ  Abortion has increased the number of single-parent families. Since Roe v. Wade, the number of births to unmarried women has increased, from 10.7 per cent (of all births) in 1970, to 28.0 per cent in 1990. 2

ˇ  Abortion has increased the number of unwanted pregnancies. Since Roe v. Wade, the number of pregnancies ending in abortion has increased, from 12.9 per cent (of total pregnancies) in 1972, to 24.6 per cent in 1990.2

Abortion affects Males

Some people believe that men have no place acting in the abortion debate. This belief is similar to an opinion that only those who have been robbed should be able to protect others against robbery. Males are affected by abortion in two very different and two very important ways.

Males are affected by abortion because boys can be aborted as easily as girls. Hundreds and hundreds of thousands of males are aborted every year in the United States. These are the boys with whom adult males can associate. Men were there once. They'll protect their pasts to ensure their futures.

The second way is a more political reason. All of the laws in government today are created through the morals that make the most people happy. If one looks hard enough, it is possible to find someone who doesn't think murder as a hate crime should be against the law. But does that mean that hate crimes should be legal to protect the beliefs of that one person? No; racial murder is a crime because most people think it necessary to protect other people. Even those of races not affected by these murders support laws so that others can be protected.

Laws, such as drug abuse prevention, are enforced to protect us, however we are basically free to do what we wish with our own bodies. A pregnant mother has this same right to do what she wants with her own body. Men and women who aren't pregnant don't have a say in what she does with herself. The difference between this and the murder law is that laws generally can't interfere with what people do to themselves, but they can interfere with how people negatively impact others.

This difference is very important in the abortion issue, because a fetus is its own being. The mother has a say over her own body, but there is a separate being inside of her. People other than the mother have a right to protect the fetus because they are affecting a different person. Nonpregnant females and males have a right and a responsibility to be involved in the issue.

Abortion affects Everyone

Some people think that abortion is an unimportant debate with feminists on one side and ultra-conservatives on the other. However everyone who is a citizen has a responsibility to be a part of his or her government. Every government has a responsibility to protect those governed beneath it, be it mother or child, and to protect its own future. Everyone has a place in the abortion debate.

There are dozens of organizations for the abortion for every kind of person. Everyone must become involved in the government, and everyone can become involved in this issue. Specialized abortion groups include:

Feminists for Life
Democrats for Life
Libertarians for Life
Black Americans for Life

Sources

1. US Department of Health & Human Services 
2. William J. Bennett. The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators. 
 published jointly by Empower America and The Heritage Foundation, 1993,
 vol 1, p. 6.
3. P. Ney, M.D.  "Relationship between Abortion and Child Abuse." Canada
 Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 24, pp. 610-620.

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