Abortion is a medical procedure which carries considerable risks, which increase as the pregnancy progresses, these risks include:
- perforation of the uterus,
- persistent heavy bleeding,
- damage to the cervix,
- scarring of the uterine lining which can cause infertility,
- infection or sepsis,
- retained “products of conception” ie parts of the baby after an abortion which can lead to infection,
- damage to other organs, and
“Termination of Pregnancy”, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 2005;
“Risks of Abortion Procedures”, Planned Parenthood of Australia; Maarit Niinimaki, M.D, “Immediate Complications after Medical Compared with Surgical Termination of Pregnancy, Obstetrics and Gynecology”, 2009 – via “Surgical Abortion, Procedures and Risks”, Real Choices Australia, April 2010 <http://realchoices.org.au/resources/surgical-abortion-procedures-and-risks/>.
“Possible Physical Side Effects After Abortion”, American Pregnancy Association: Promoting Pregnancy Wellness, 2019 <https://americanpregnancy.org/unplanned-pregnancy/abortion-side-effects/>.