The Facts on Abortion (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 26-28

Is abortion a perfectly safe procedure for women? What are the physical risks?

Most people continue to believe that abortion is a safe procedure—at least for the mother. Those who support abortion in this country constantly inform us that there is nothing to be concerned about.

But this view is incorrect. After examining “the vast body of the world’s medical literature on the subject,” Thomas W. Hilgers, M.D., concluded, “The medical hazards of legally induced abortion are very significant and should be conscientiously weighed.”*

Here are some official health statistics that reveal the dangers attached to having an abortion. Consider the following data:

Studies show that 20 to 30% of all suction and D and C abortions performed in hospitals will result in long term, negative side effects relating primarily to fertility and reproduction.*

First, every type of abortion procedure carries significant risks…. Overall, the rate of immediate and short term complications is no less than 10 percent. . . . The evidence indicates that the actual morbidity rate is probably much higher.*

The technique of saline abortion was originally developed in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. In Japan, where abortion has been legalized since the 1940’s, the saline abortion technique has been outlawed because it is “extremely dangerous.” Indeed, in the United States saline abortion is second only to heart transplants as the elective surgery with the highest fatality rate. Despite this fact, state laws attempting to prohibit saline abortions because of their great risks to aborting women have been declared unconstitutional by the courts.*

A high risk of infection is common to all forms of abortion.*

*For full documentation, please see The Facts on Abortion.