When talking about possible complications, since abortion is a matter of privacy, in the U. S. very few statistics are available. There is no reporting system for complications. Patients most likely will not not be able to contact the abortion clinic for complications but will be instructed to go to the emergency room or call their own doctor.
Induced abortion carries risk of several side effects. These risks can include abdominal pain, cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In most abortions, no serious complications occur. However, the risk of complications is about 1 out of every 100 early abortions, and about 1 out of every 50 later abortions. These may include heavy bleeding, infection, incomplete abortion, allergic reaction to drugs, tearing of the cervix, scarring of the uterine lining, perforation of the uterus, damage to internal organs, and death (death is very rare and occurs, on average, in fewer than 20 cases per year).
Women experience many different emotions following an abortion. Some may feel immediate relief, but later find themselves coping with feelings they didn’t expect. Problems can develop months and even years after having an abortion. Many studies show abortion to be connected to clinical depression, drug and alcohol abuse, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and suicide. After having an abortion, women may develop the following symptoms of guilt, grief, anger, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders and difficulty bonding with their partner or child. If you are experiencing these symptoms, or someone you know is, we offer a confidential, compassionate support group designed to help women work through these feelings. You are NOT alone.
While we all have different understandings of God, there is a spiritual aspect of abortion to be considered. You may have certain questions about doing the right thing, while wondering about your future, why you exist, and what the future may be for the baby growing inside of you. How do you view the world? If you have an abortion, how will you feel in the future when you do decide to have a baby? Did you know that God has a plan for every person’s life, including yours and your baby’s? These are important questions to think about. Remember, you are NEVER alone!