Long Term Risks Of Abortion
Sterility and ectopic pregnancy are long term risks of abortion especially with women who have undergone a surgical procedure. Medical abortions are labeled safe because women can take two pills and abort a baby if they are not past eight weeks from conception. However, sometimes the pills cause heavy bleeding and infection so the patient has to undergo surgery anyway. When performing a surgical abortion the physician has to stretch the cervix exponentially causing microscopic tearing. During this process the uterus and other organs can be punctured. Cervical and uterine damage are long term risks of abortion that can cause sterility. Weakness in the cervix can keep a woman from carrying another child to term. Studies have shown that cervical damage can result in miscarriages and premature births with future pregnancies. When scar tissue forms the egg cannot make the journey from the fallopian tube to the uterus. Ectopic pregnancies are a threat to a patient's life as internal bleeding can result. "But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God" (Luke 18:16).
Abnormal development of the placenta and cerebral palsy are long term risks of abortion. After having an abortion a female can experience complications of labor. Premature births can and often do result in the child developing cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a combination of disorders that affect body movement, balance, and posture. This simply means that the child will be born with damage in parts of the brain that control motor activity and muscle control. Abnormal development of the placenta can cause the unborn child to suffer from hypoxia. Lack of oxygen can cause the brain damage that leads to cerebral palsy. This can be serious as the child may suffer with mental retardation, have learning disabilities, seizures, eating difficulties, bowel control problems, and deformities.
Psychological problems often result in women who have had abortions. Long term risks of abortion in patients include depression, social regression, hasty marriages, and the need to get pregnant again. Data from studies done has shown that patients may go through a period of denial lasting up to ten years after terminating a pregnancy. Psychological and behavioral problems surface because the patient has never come to terms with the abortion. Common reactions that surface later in post-abortion patients include dramatic personality changes, anxiety attacks, difficulty grieving, difficulty concentrating, flashbacks, and sleep disorders. Self-destructive behavior results in addictions and eventually suicide attempts.
Higher rates of child abuse are linked to an increase in abortion. Pro choice followers claim that legalizing the termination of a pregnancy decreases child abuse because women are getting rid of unwanted children. Statistics show the opposite. Though research shows an increase in child abuse, pro choice followers will claim that this increase has nothing to do with aborting unwanted children. So, do females who have had an abortion grow to hate their own living children? Research shows that this is a complex problem associated with long term risks of abortion. When a female feels rage when a living baby cries it is a reminder that the aborted child will never cry or be able to experience life as the living child will. So in effect, living children suffer for a decision that has nothing to do with them. They have to pay the penalty for unresolved issues over an aborted sibling. This is one reason why counseling is imperative to avoid psychological long term risks of abortion.
After abortion was legalized in 1973 some women have fooled themselves into thinking that killing their unborn child was ok or else it wouldn't be legal. Then they talk themselves into believing that the decision is the best one for their current situation in life. Some of the reasons include not being to support the child, not being a good mother, there is always time to have a baby, and it will not be fair to the rest of the family to have a child at this time. Studies show that the majority of women who decide to terminate a pregnancy believe that it is morally wrong to do so. "And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bow shot: for she said, 'Let me not see the death of the child.' And she sat over against him, and lifted up her voice, and wept" (Genesis 21:16). They are going against their own morals and beliefs. Many are convinced that they have no other choice. This is usually the case because a spouse or other family members are pushing the issue. Long term risks of abortion are real for these mothers who truly believe that what they are doing is wrong.
Medical science has proven that life begins at conception. A mother to be will have a hard time reconciling the act of abortion in her own mind when she truly believes that this little unborn child is a live human being who was never given a chance to live. There is a great deal of truth in saying that women often feel as if a part of them has died with their child. The guilt is even greater for a patient who chooses to use medication to terminate a pregnancy. As the bleeding increases the tiny baby can be seen and this visual will add to long term risks of abortion. The mother may suffer with flashbacks and nightmares related to the death of the child. Seeing another baby could trigger the flashbacks or even talking about children might cause the woman to relive the tragedy over and over. God knows about these struggles and he is a forgiving God. Doing some research can provide valuable information that will help a female to rethink her position and decide to have the child as there are many other possible options for those who cannot raise a child themselves.
Health Risks Of AbortionSadness, guilt, and suicidal thoughts are all health risks of abortion. Guilt feelings can lead to drug and alcohol abuse. A woman who has emotional problems dealing with an abortion oftentimes has difficulty maintaining relationships. Her emotional state can affect her entire family. Other children at home will sense that mom is not herself and they may become sad too. "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God" (Psalm 42:11). Health risks of abortion can be physical as well. Bleeding and hemorrhage are common with patients who undergo the procedure to terminate the life of an unborn child. In addition, puncture of the uterus, bowels, or other vital organs are not unheard of. This can lead to major surgery to repair the puncture and the risks of infection are greater. Sometimes infections from having an abortion can lead to septic shock or sepsis where the blood in the body becomes infected. When this happens it is very likely that death can occur.
Women have an increased risk of developing breast cancer after having an abortion. Studies have been done that reveal women younger than 18 who have never been pregnant before have a higher risk of developing breast cancer after having the procedure. Health risks of abortion are real and frightening. Women who do not learn about the risks to their physical and emotional health before terminating their pregnancy often regret it later. Sometimes women are convinced to go through with an abortion because other people in her life may be suggesting she do so. Later on the realization of what has been done may haunt her. A woman's emotional health should be a major consideration by those who are involved in the process. Doctors should sit down and talk with the patient and be upfront about possible health risks of abortion.
Local anesthesia is normally given to women who have a surgical abortion. Women may have terrible pain despite the anesthesia and in some cases the pain is so great that a woman may need to be totally put under. If local anesthesia does not work then a patient may opt to use general anesthesia. Unfortunately general anesthesia can cause complications that can add to the health risks of abortion. Some of the complications include nausea, vomiting, and difficulty breathing. Serious complications are heart attack, stroke, and death. There is a rare condition that can occur with general anesthesia in some people due to an allergic reaction. This condition causes high fever, muscle spasms, rapid heartbeat, and problems breathing. Every patient will react differently to anesthesia. A doctor should go over the side effects of medication used during abortion procedures so that a patient can make an informed decision.
Another important piece of information that a woman should learn about before going through with termination of a pregnancy is the effects it can have on later pregnancies. If there is injury to the cervix during an abortion a female may not be able to carry future pregnancies to term and the possibility of early loss is great. Scarring from the procedure could result in future eggs becoming lodged in the fallopian tubes. Health risks of abortion are greater for women who have had two or more abortions. The risk to a woman's life is much greater when she is further along in the pregnancy at the time of the termination. Children born from future pregnancies are likely to have lower birth weight. The chances of a normal delivery are lessened considerably and even after the child is born there is a greater chance that he or she may not survive.
Infection after a termination of a pregnancy can cause severe long-term effects. Health risks of abortion pertaining to infection may cause the fallopian tubes to permanently close up. Unfortunately if this happens then a woman will not be able to get pregnant in the future. If a woman happens to have a venereal disease the chances of infection are much greater. The chances of hemorrhage are much greater if a venereal disease is present. A blood transfusion because of hemorrhage can increase a woman's chance of getting hepatitis or AIDS.
Grieving for a lost child can and most likely will happen to any female that has terminated a pregnancy. Studies have shown that a woman will eventually grieve for the child. Many patients will try to forget about an abortion for several years. In modern society women are so busy working outside the home, taking care of their families, and running errands that they may find it easy to ignore the health risks of abortion especially pertaining to their psychological health. Eventually the loss will show up in other ways. A mother to be who has had her child torn from her womb may exhibit behavioral issues such as anger. Along with the anger a woman will feel depressed, anxious, and fearful. Those who do not experience anger may become numb. They do not experience joy and often feel overwhelmingly sad. This behavior can have a negative effect on relationships including with one's spouse and children. Men who have been involved in the process of making a decision to terminate a pregnancy may have psychological problems dealing with the decision as well.