Are women hurt by abortion?

Yes. Abortion fails women who are in crisis. It does not address the needs of women who are hurt and scared or alone and unsure – and adds to their hurt by killing their child.

Abortion does not help women.  In fact, research has repeatedly shown that women can be seriously hurt by the abortion procedure and many women regret it afterwards.  Abortion can leave many long-lasting physical and mental scars that women must deal with for years.

  • A 2008 study conducted by Dr. David Fergusson and published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that women who had abortions were 30% more likely to experience mental disorder. (1)
  • A 13-year-long study by Gissler et al published in the European Journal of Public Health in 2005, found that the suicide rate among women who had abortions was six times higher than that of women who had given birth and double the number of women who had had miscarriages. (2)
  • When Irish women are killed or maimed by abortion, the media largely ignores these horrific cases. Aisha Chithira, from Ireland, was 22 weeks pregnant when she bled to death after an abortion in a Marie Stopes clinic in West London, in January 2012. The abortionist and two nurses are currently being prosecuted in the British courts. (3)
  • Another Irish woman almost died in the same Marie Stopes clinic in 2006 when abortionist, Phanuel Dartey, perforated her uterus and left pieces of her baby inside her body. (4)

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