Long Term Effects

Effect on Future Pregnancy

Scarring or other injury during an abortion may prevent or place at risk future wanted pregnancies. The risk of miscarriage is greater for women who abort their first pregnancy.

Abortion & Placenta Previa – Placenta previa occurs when the placenta covers or partially covers the cervix.  This can result in unpredictable massive bleeding that threatens the life of the baby and mother, especially during labor.  In addition to the risk of bleeding, it is associated with the risk of preterm birth and death early in infancy.  The risk of placenta previa is higher in women who, among other factors:

  • Had a prior induced abortion, especially the D&C type
  • Are over 34
  • Had a prior C-secion
  • Had a prior placenta previa

Abortion & Prematurity – The research is clear: induced abortion significantly raises a woman’s future risk of delivering a premature baby. This risk exits for even one very early surgical abortion and increases with each additional one.

Abortion and Breast Cancer

Medical experts are still researching and debating the linkage between abortion and breast cancer. However, Dr. Janet Daling’s 1994 study found “among women who had been pregnant at least once, if done before 18 years, it [breast cancer] increased by 150%.”

Here are more important facts:

  • Carrying a pregnancy to full term gives protection against breast cancer that cannot be gained if abortion is chosen.
  • Abortion causes a sudden drop in estrogen levels that may make breast cells more susceptible to cancer.
  • Most studies conducted so far show a significant linkage between abortion and breast cancer.

(Daling, J. et al, Risk of Br. Ca. Among Women, J. Nat Ca. Inst, Vol.86, No. 21, Nov 2,’94, Pg. 1584.)