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Abortion ends the life of a separate, unique, innocent human being
Women who have undergone post-abortion counseling report over 100 major reactions to abortion. Among the most frequently reported are:
In addition, second trimester miscarriage and premature birth frequently follow induced abortions.9,10,11,12
Abortion also contributes to an increase in breast cancer,13,14,15 though for political reasons, many institutions deny this is the case.
What if I'm not ready to have a child?
Women choose abortion for many reasons with the top ones being:
- financial burden
- interference with work, school or ability to care for other children
- not wanting to be a single parent
- having troubles with their partner16
Having an abortion will not relieve your problems - if anything they will intensify. Adoption is a heroic choice that will preserve the life of your child and leave you with none of the side effects of abortion. The referrals listed in the pregnancy help section can offer you adoption information, material help, counseling and more.
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2. S. Reinis and J.M. Goldman, The Development of the Brain: Biological and Functional Perspectives (Springfield, IL: C. Thomas, 1980)
3. J.R. Ashton. 1980. The psychosocial outcome of induced abortion. Br. J. Obstet. Gynaecol. 87:1115-1122.
4. D.C. Reardon, Aborted Women-Silent No More, (Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1987).
5. M.K. Zimmerman, Passage Through Abortion: The Personal and Social Reality of Women's Experiences (New York: Praeger Publishers, 1977).
6. Ashton 1980.
7. Reardon 1987.
8. D.C. Reardon. 1987. Criteria for the Identification of High Risk Abortion Patients: Analysis of An In-Depth Survey of 100 Aborted Women. Presented at the 1987 Paper Session of the Association for Interdisciplinary Research, Denver.
9. A. Arvay, M. Gorgey, L. Kapu. 1967. Relation between abortion (interrupted pregnancy and premature labor. Review French GYN-OB 62:81-86.
10. A.A. Levin, S.C. Schoenbaum, R.R. Monson, P.G. Stubblefield, K.J. Ryan. 1980. Association of induced abortion with subsequent pregnancy loss. JAMA 243:2495-2499.
11. A. Jakobovits & L. Iffy, Perinatal Implications of Therapeutic Abortion. Principals and Practice of Obstetrics & Perinatalogy, New York, J. Wiley & Sons, 1981, p. 603
12. C. Madore, W.E. Hawes, F. Many, A.C. Hexter. 1981. A study on the effects of induced abortion on subsequent pregnancy outcome. Amer. J. Obstet. Gynecol. 139:516-521.
13. J.R. Daling, K.E. Malone, L.F. Voigt, E. White, N.S. Weiss. 1994. Risk of breast cancer among young women: relationship to induced abortion. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 86:1584-1592.
14. J. Brind, V.M. Chinchilli, W.B. Severs, J. Summy-Long. 1996. Induced abortion as an independent risk factor for breast cancer: a comprehensive review and meta-analysis. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 50:481-496.
15. J. Brind. 2005. Induced abortion as an independent risk factor for breast cancer: a critical review of recent studies. Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons 10:105-110.
16. Alan Guttmacher Research Institute. Facts on Induced Abortion. http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html (Accessed May 23, 2007).