Abortion Risks

Physical Risks

General Side Effects

Side effects for both medical and surgical abortion include cramping, bleeding, nausea, diarrhea, and pain.

Medical Abortion

The abortion pill can be unreliable in some cases, and the abortion will be incomplete. If so, you will be required to have a surgical abortion.

Surgical Abortion

In both the D & C and D& E procedures, the health care provider is unable to see inside your uterus during the procedure, which can increase the risk of perforation where the abortion tools may accidentally be pushed through the wall of your uterus). The D & E procedure requires that your cervix be opened wider than during a suction aspiration or D & C, and as a result there is a greater risk of infection. Infections in general are even more of a risk if you have chlamydia or gonorrhea.

Other Risks

Although rare, other risks include hemorrhage (heavy bleeding), infection, pre-term birth in later pregnancies, and death. It is also important to know your blood type, If your Rh factor is negative and you do not receive Rh immunoglobulin after an abortion, you may have severe problems with a future pregnancy. You will need to discuss this in further detail with your physician.

Emotional/Psychological Risks

Some women experience immediate feelings of relief following an abortion, but others find themselves facing feelings they did not expect. They may have a difficult time talking about these feelings. Some psychologists have labeled these problems as post-abortion stress. You may recognize some of the following side effects in your friends or family members who have had abortions. These are several of the outcomes you may expect after having an abortion.

  • sadness
  • anger
  • guilt/emotional pain
  • sexual dysfunction
  • difficulty maintaining relationships
  • memory repression
  • increased alcohol and drug abuse
  • flashbacks
  • long-term grief
  • anniversary reactions
  • suicidal thoughts

Spiritual Risks

As you consider the spiritual risk of having an abortion, it’s important to know how God sees each child before they are born. The Bible is very clear about God’s love and concerns for each of us from the time we are conceive. God said,

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart..” (Jeremiah 1:5 NLT)

God created you, and God loves you.

“The Lord your God..is a mighty Saviour. He will rejoice over you with great gladness. With his love he will calm all your fears. He will exult over you by singing a happy song.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NLT)

This is also how God sees your unborn child.

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”

You may not have intended to get pregnant, but now that you are, it’s important to recognize that every human is created in God’s image and created for a purpose. Your unborn child’s life not a mistake.

If you choose to have an abortion you out yourself at risk for experiencing these spiritual struggles:

  • Alienation in your relationship with God and others
  • Needing forgiveness from God and others
  • Confusion and denial of your role as provider for and protector of the life God entrusts to you
  • Interruption of God’s best plan for your life

God knows your struggle right now. He wants to help you make right choices. He offers hope for your future.


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Unpregnant is not a word | © Frontlines Publishing 2011