I’ve been noticing an often used argument from anti-choicers recently, which is to point out the dangers of abortion and highlight any case where a woman is harmed and/or dies during an abortion. I don’t think they realize what a catch 22 this is. The more that they fight to limit access to abortion and for laws requiring waiting periods, the more women they are forcing to resort to shady clinics and illegal and dangerous practices.
Abortion, preformed correctly by a trained medical professional isn’t any more dangerous than most other medical procedures.
Below are some statistics from The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Each year, about 1.3 million women in the United States have an abortion to end a pregnancy.
Abortion is a low–risk procedure. An early abortion has less risk than a later one. Fewer than 1 in 100 women have complications from an early abortion. For later abortions, up to 2 in 100 women have complications. Although an abortion is low risk, as with any surgery or medicine, problems may occur.
The risk of perforation or tear of the cervix [during a surgical abortion] is less than 1 in 1,000 abortions. The risk increases with the length of the pregnancy.
The risk of death from abortion is lower than 1 in 100,000 women who have suction curettage. For women who have a medical abortion, the risk of death is about 1 in 100,000. The risk of a woman dying from giving birth is at least 10 times greater than the risk from an early abortion.
You’ll notice that these statistics are in relation to abortions performed early in the pregnancy by a licensed medical professional. Anti-choicers who fight to limit access to abortion are fighting to endanger women’s lives by prolonging the period before they can have abortions and/or forcing them to go to unsafe clinics or attempt a dangerous self induced abortion due to lack of safe access in their cities.
If you truly care about women’s safety during abortions, please push for better and safer access to abortion and more oversight in abortion clinics, rather than trying to limit it.