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Abortion Procedural Risks & Complications

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Procedures: There are two categories of abortions: surgical and chemical.


Surgical
1. Suction-aspiration. Up to 3 months. 80% of all abortions. Commonly known as vacuum abortions. A hollow plastic tube is used to dismember and suck the baby out of the mother and into a bottle. The instrument used for this abortion is 10-29 times more powerful than a home vacuum cleaner.


2. Dilation and Curettage (D&C). 2nd and 3rd month. This abortion is similar to the suction method, except a surgical knife is inserted into the womb and is used to cut the baby apart. The baby is scraped out through the cervix. This abortion should not be confused with a therapeutic D&C, which is done on a non-pregnant woman.


3. Dilation and Evacuation (D&E). Usually up to 4 months (sometimes more). Forceps are inserted, grasping the parts of the baby's body. These parts are torn off and removed from the mother. After 12 weeks the skull must be crushed by forceps for removal.


4. Saline abortion. 4 to 7 months. A strong salt solution (saline) is injected into the womb. The baby breathes and swallows the solution which slowly poisons and suffocates her while it slowly burns her skin. The child usually dies 1 to 2 hours later. The mother goes into labor and delivers a dead or dying baby.


5. Prostaglandin abortion. 4 to 8 months. Prostaglandins are hormones needed for birth. Injecting them into the womb induces premature birth of a baby too young to survive outside the womb. Usually the child dies during the trauma of the premature labor.


6. Hysterotomy. 6 to 8 months. This abortion is like a birth by Cesarean section, except the purpose is to kill the baby. An incision is made through the abdomen into the womb. The baby is killed by various means including drowning in a bucket of water, suffocation with the placenta, cutting the cord while the baby is in the uterus depriving her of oxygen, or allowed to die by neglect.


7. Partial birth abortion or Dilation and Extraction. (D&X). 4 1/2 to 8 months. Newest method in use. Developed because the "classic" D&E method was "difficult due to the toughness of the fetal tissues at this stage of development," (Dr. Martin Haskell, NAF, 1992). This method was also developed to overcome the "complication" of live birth from the saline, prostaglandin and hysterotomy abortions. A D&X abortion involves completely delivering a baby's body except for the head. While the head is still inside the mother, a sharp instrument is forced into the back of the baby's head to make an opening for the insertion of an instrument to suction the brain out of the skull. After the brain is removed, the skull is crushed and the rest of the baby's body is delivered.


What happens to the aborted babies? Aborted babies are often dumped into plastic bags for disposal in the trash or sold by the bag for fetal transplant and experimentation. Some are run through a garbage disposal. Live fetuses have been subjected to grisly experiments--bodies have been dissected, chests sliced open to observe heart action, heads cut off for bizarre purposes. Babies have been conceived and aborted for the unproved purpose of using their cells to treat adults with diabetes, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. (John Wilke, Abortion Questions & Answers Cincinnati: Hayes Publishing Co., 1988 Chapter 25; Randy Alcorn, ProLife Answers to ProChoice Arguments Portland: Multinomah Press, 1992. p188.)


Does the baby feel pain during an abortion? "As early as 8-10 weeks gestation, and definitely by thirteen and a half weeks, the human fetus experiences pain." (V. Collins, MD and Diplomatic and Fellow, American Board of Anesthesiologists.) Dr. Collins was one of 26 doctors from around the country, including pain specialists and two past presidents of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, who sent a letter in 1984 to Ronald Reagan saying: "Mr. President, in drawing attention to the capability of the human fetus to feel pain, you stand on firmly established ground." (Wilke, p.64 and 69).


Physical complications with surgical abortions.

Over 100 potential physical complications have been associated with abortion. Some complications are immediately apparent while others reveal themselves days, months and even as much as 10-15 years later.


Immediate and short-term risks:


Infection. The damage can be mild or fatal. For the free standing abortion facility, with far inferior care, the number of infections will be at least double that of a hospital environment. (C. Gassner & C. Ballard, American Journal OB/GYN, vol. 48, p. 716).


The typical infection involving the woman's reproductive organs (uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries) is pelvic inflammatory disease or PID. PID is often difficult to manage and often leads to sterility, even with prompt treatment. Some women have serious chronic pain the rest of their lives because of PID. Some women even have pain every time they have sex because of PID. (M. Spence, "PID: Detection and Treatment," Sexually Transmitted Disease Bulletin, Johns Hopkins University, vol. 3, no 1, February 1983).


(PID is not a sexually transmitted disease but is a common complication from infection from abortion and STD's such as gonorrhea and chlamydia.)


Perforation of uterus. During suction, D&C and D&E abortions, the abortionist is operating blindly, by sense of feel. If he manipulates the surgical instrument too easily or too forcibly, he can puncture the woman's uterus and even her bladder or bowel.

On February 23, 1996 the National Right to Life News reported the story of a young Miami, FL woman who died after a raging blood infection overwhelmed her body. The infection was caused when the doctor performing her abortion punctured her uterus (at least twice). The infection caused gangrene to attack her hands and legs turning her limbs black. In an effort to save her life, doctors amputated her feet and portions of her legs. She died four days later. The abortion clinic owners, doctor, and staff disappeared taking their medical records and delaying the families search for justice.


Failure to extract all "products of conception." Specifically, if a limb or skull is left in the uterus, severe infection may result, causing severe cramping and bleeding. If infection becomes too advanced or is persistent, a hysterectomy--or removal of the womb--will be necessary.


Embolisms. An embolism is an obstruction of a blood vessel by a foreign substance such as air, fat, tissue, or blood clot. Childbirth is a normal process, and the body is well prepared for the birth of the child and the separation and expulsion of the placenta. Surgical abortion is an abnormal process and slices the unripe placenta from the wall of the uterus into which its roots have grown. This sometimes causes the fluid around the baby, or other pieces of tissue or blood clots, to be forced into the mother's circulation. These then travel to her lungs, causing damage and occasionally death. (W. Cates et al., American Journal OB/GYN, vol. 132, p. 16


Usually, such a blockage is minor and goes unnoticed and is eventually dissolved. But if the block occurs in the brain or heart, it may result in a stroke or heart attack. This condition may occur anywhere from 2-50 days after an abortion and is a relatively frequent major complication.


Bleeding (hemorrhaging). Some women need blood transfusions after an abortion.


Anesthetic complications. Due to the rich blood supply around the uterus during pregnancy, local and general anesthesia during abortions is risky. Convulsion, heart arrest and death are not an uncommon result because outpatient abortion clinics generally have little equipment and expertise to deal with it.


Other complications. In a D&E, abortionists have been known to mistakenly grab a woman's uterus with the forceps and pull it inside out. In a few recorded cases involving suction-aspiration abortions, abortionists have inadvertently sucked out several feet of the mother's intestines in a matter of seconds.


Death. We often hear of the "thousands" of women who died each year in the United States before abortion became legal in 1973. The fact is that in the entire year of 1972, only 39 women died from illegal abortions. (US Dept. of Health and Human Services)


Today, women do die from legal abortions. For example, the pro-abortion Chicago Suns Times ran a multi-issue expose in 1978. They discovered 12 mothers who had died from abortions. The deaths had previously gone unreported. They also reported abortions being done on non-pregnant women as well as some being performed by incompetent medical persons in unsterile conditions. (Wilke's book p.102-103) It is possible that only 5-10% of all deaths resulting from legal abortion are reported as abortion related. (John Ankerberg and John Weldon. When Does Life Begin. Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt, Publishers (1989) p 5Cool.


"What the Supreme Court legalized in some clinics in Chicago is the highly profitable, and very dangerous back-room abortion." (Special reprint, Chicago Sun Times, Field Enterprises, 1978)


In a study done by abortionists themselves, out of 1,182 suction abortions, they reported 9.5% of their patients required blood transfusions, 4.2% suffered cervical lacerations, 1.2% had uterine perforations, and 27% developed infections. (J.A. Stalworthy, et. Al., "Legal Abortion: A Critical Assessment of its Risks," The Lancet, December 1971).


Long-Range Risks:


Women who may appear physically unaffected by an abortion after a one year follow-up may be found to be severely affected by abortion as many as 10-15 years later.


Ectopic pregnancies. If the scar tissue covers the openings from the fallopian tube to the uterus only partially, then the sperm will be able to reach the egg in the tube. Conceptions occurs, and fertilized egg (baby) begins to grow and move toward the uterus. The fertilized egg is too large to get from the fallopian tube to the uterus opening because of the scar tissue blocking part of the opening. The baby continues to grow inside the tube, eventually causing the tube to burst. If surgery is not done to remove the baby, then the mother will die. There has been a 300% increase in ectopic pregnancies since abortion was legalized. (US Dept. H.H.S., Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, no. 33, no. 15, April 20, 1984--quoted in Willke's book p. 108). Among women who aborted their first pregnancy there was a 500% increase in subsequent ectopic pregnancies. (Chung et al. "Effects of Induced Abortion Complications on Subsequent Reproductive Function" U. of Hawaii, Honolulu, 1981--Wilke p. 109) This is not to say that every woman who experiences tubal pregnancy has had an abortion.


Sterility. Because of such early complications as infections after an abortion, the uterus is often scarred. If the scar tissue covers the opening from the tube to the uterus, then the tiny sperm cannot reach the egg. Fertilization cannot occur.


Cervical incompetence. After infection, damage to the cervix is the next leading cause of post-abortion reproductive problems. Normally the cervix is rigid and tightly closed during pregnancy. However, during abortion the cervix undergoes tremendous stress and is often torn, resulting in permanent weakening. In a later "wanted" pregnancy, this may result in the cervix opening prematurely, resulting in miscarriage or premature birth. For this reason, the chance that a later "wanted" child will die during pregnancy or labor is at least twice as high for previously aborted women. One study shows the risk of premature delivery and second trimester miscarriage increases 10 times for women who have had abortions. Normally 5% of babies are born premature. This rate jumps to 40% on aborted women. (Aborted Women, Silent No More: Twenty Women Share Their Personal Journeys from the Tragedy of Abortion to Restored Wholeness by David C. Reardon p.101 - See the Resouce List in Part 3).

Teenage girls are at increased risk because they have immature cervixes and "run the risk of a difficult and potentially traumatic dilation." (C. Powell, Problems of Adolescent Abortion, Ortho Panel 14, Toronto General Hospital--quoted in Willke's book p.115). In one study of 50 teenage girls who had abortions there were 47 later "wanted" pregnancies. Of these 47 pregnancies 66% ended in defective births, including 19 miscarriages and 7 premature births. Only 34% ended with a full-term delivery of a healthy child. ( See Reardon, p.100-102 and Willke 105-106).

In 1995 Texans United for Life reported the tragic story of a 15-year-old girl who died, accordinng to court records, from an infection caused when the abortionist tore the right side of her cervix. Because the girl had obtained the abortion without her parents' knowledge, for four days she ignored the symptoms of infection - fever, chills, and nausea - hoping they would go away. However, by this time, her infection was massive and she was checked into a hospital where she died a few days later in intensive care.

The hospital doctors reported that if she had received prompt medical attention, this young girl would still be alive today. A few days after her death, the Texas Department of Health (TDH) sent an investigator to the clinic (A-Z Women's Services in Dallas) to look into the matter. Although the TDH has the power to revoke the license of an abortion clinic and according to court documents the investigator found the clinic to be "a serious and immediate threat to the life and health of its patients," business continues as usual at A-Z!


Increased risk of breast cancer. Because of the rapid growth of breast tissue in early pregnancy, a forced (as opposed to the natural cessation of pregnancy caused by miscarriage) premature cessation of pregnancy creates an unnatural condition. Consequently, women who have first trimester abortions face twice the risk of contracting breast cancer as those who miscarry or complete their pregnancies and give birth. (Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, October 1996. See National Right to Life News article "British Medical Journal Documents Abortion/ Breast Cancer Link, November 14, 1996, p 18; and World article "Abortion and Breast Cancer Linked in Report," October 26, 1996, p 18.


Chemical
Chemical abortions and their complications:


These are not "emergency contraception that prevents pregnancy" as misrepresented by the news media, but in reality abort a pregnancy that's already begun. They are early abortion techniques that kill a human being in her first stages of development.


The morning-after pill. Combined doses of certain birth-control pills, taken up to 72 hours after intercourse blocks the fertilized egg from implanting into the uterus. Morning-after pill complications include severe nausea and vomiting.


RU 486. (Mifepristone or the "abortion pill") Can only be used during the first 7-9 weeks of pregnancy. RU 486 prevents the uptake of progesterone, a hormone that helps to create and maintain the uterine lining which provides nourishment and oxygen for the developing child. The uterine lining begins to break down and slough off, cutting the child off from her basic supply of food, fluids and oxygen. The child shrivels and finally suffocates or starves to death. A prostaglandin given about two days later stimulates uterine contractions to expel the unborn baby. A third visit approximately two weeks later confirms the completion of the abortion. (Although approved by the FDA, production problems and legal troubles has prevented full scale introduction of the "French abortion pill" and put it on hold at the time of this writing October 15, 1997.)


RU486 complications: Severe pain, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, low heart and blood pressure and prolonged and heavy bleeding. It has been described as "painful, messy and protracted" with "golf ball size clots, steady streams of blood like faucets." (Time Dec. 1994 quoted in NRLN Feb. 23, 1996) During the 2100 patient trial in the US at least one woman lost half of her blood volume and required surgery to save her life. (NRLN, August 21, 1996 p.26) The procedure is so grueling that only 20 percent of women seeking abortions in France get a chemical one even though RU 486 has been available there since 1988 and the price is comparable to surgical abortion. Those who fail to return for their 2-week check up may eventually give birth to children with severe disabilities.


Methotrexate. Can only be used during the first 6-8 weeks of pregnancy. An anti-cancer drug injected into the mother which works very similar to RU 486 by destroying the child's protective environment and depriving the baby of the food, oxygen, and fluids she needs to survive. Usually the child is dead in a matter of days. About a week later, a prostaglandin is given to the mother to expel the dead baby.


Methotrexate complications: Even at the smaller doses used for abortions, Methotrexate can produce severe anemia, ulcers and bone marrow depressions that can be fatal. New York abortionist Don Sloan wrote in an April 8, 1996, letter to the New York Times that "many of us in the 'abortion trade,' as I am, are recoiling at the stark irresponsibility of those who are parading this medication in such cavalier fashion." (NRLN, April 12, 1996, p. 10.)


Complications with all 3 chemical abortions:


Approximately 95 percent of the time the unborn baby dies. In the other 5 percent, the women must undergo a surgical abortion because of the increased risk of birth defects and cancer to the drug-exposed embryo. (World, January 18, 1997, p. 17, and Today's Dallas Woman, January 1996, p. 9).


Psychological complications for the mother from having been the direct hand behind the abortion. A woman's home, where the abortion will take place about half the time, is likely to become an aversive place to her. The most horrible implication is that the mother will actually witness and be an active participant in killing her child. Because it is a self-induced abortion, there is a high probability that she will actually have to deal with the fetal tissue on her own.


Note: Certain forms of so called "contraceptives", specifically the IUD, Norplant and certain lowdose oral contraceptives do not prevent conception but prevent implantation of an already fertilized ovum. (Not all oral contraceptives act this way.) The result is an early abortion, the killing of an already conceived individual. Tragically, many women are not told this by their physicians, and therefore do not make an informed choice about which contraceptive to use. TUFL is not advocating for or against birth control. TUFL does oppose the specific abortion-causing agents above, which are not the same as true contraceptives. True contraceptives do not cause abortions but instead prevent the sperm and egg from coming together to conceive a human life. (Landrum Shettles and David Rorvik, Rites of Life: The Scientific Evidence for Life before Birth, 1983, 152-152, cited in Alcorn, p.116).


Note: Fetal reduction or downloading is routinely used to abort a child when the mother is carrying twins or triplets. If a woman decides she only wanted one baby or there are "possible risks" of one of the children having a deformity, through the use of ultrasound one baby is selected for death, i.e. reduction. Fetal reduction is performed with ultrasound and a thin needle inserted through the abdomen into the womb. Potassium chloride is injected through the needle directly into the heart of the "selected" baby and the heart stops.
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hmm
I can't believe no one has sent a reply before now. It would have been interesting to see what they were....
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yawn. giving birth is much more dangerous than aborting.
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SMH at the ignorance
Abortion can be fatal to a woman who has certain medical complicatinos just as childbirth can be fatal to a woman with the same complications. If you think having a vacuum inserted into your womb (that would never ever in a million years naturally appear there) blindly suctioning everything out is more dangerous than your body doing something as natural as childbirth you're sadly mistaken.

In some instances it is much safer to have an abortion but the woman is usually sick or physically incapable of bringing a pregnancy to term. That is not natural. That is not typically the case. Almost 90% of abortions occur for social reasons, not for medical necessity.


You can defend abortion without prosecuting childbirth, give it a try. You come off as being pro-abortion/anti-abortion , if you were truly pro-choice you'd respect the choice of giving birth.
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yawn. giving birth is much more dangerous than aborting.


Well, abortions are ALWAYS dangerous. An unborn human dies every time. Of course, it may be safe to the woman.
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Abortion can be fatal to a woman who has certain medical complicatinos just as childbirth can be fatal to a woman with the same complications. If you think having a vacuum inserted into your womb (that would never ever in a million years naturally appear there) blindly suctioning everything out is more dangerous than your body doing something as natural as childbirth you're sadly mistaken.

In some instances it is much safer to have an abortion but the woman is usually sick or physically incapable of bringing a pregnancy to term. That is not natural. That is not typically the case. Almost 90% of abortions occur for social reasons, not for medical necessity.


You can defend abortion without prosecuting childbirth, give it a try. You come off as being pro-abortion/anti-abortion , if you were truly pro-choice you'd respect the choice of giving birth.


You can believe what you like. Abortion is a simple medical procedure. Carrying a pregnancy to term and giving birth is damaging to the female body, and has significant [removed by admin] entirely irrelevant. Suctioning out a small glob is pretty insignificant. Letting something grow to 10+ lbs in your abdomen and then squeezing it out from a very small opening is highly traumatic. Pregnancy and childbirth remain dangerous activities, even in developed countries.
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Having had an abortion, I have to say that it was marginally less painful than trying to read your entire pseudo-scientific attack on abortion. Furthermore, it took less time. Fortunately, I actually managed to finish the abortion...
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Phenicks wrote:
Abortion can be fatal to a woman who has certain medical complicatinos just as childbirth can be fatal to a woman with the same complications. If you think having a vacuum inserted into your womb (that would never ever in a million years naturally appear there) blindly suctioning everything out is more dangerous than your body doing something as natural as childbirth you're sadly mistaken.



So, you think D&C's are dangerous? Funny, the last one I asked I specifically asked my gyn about the death rate, he said there had never been a death from a D&C in that hospital.



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In some instances it is much safer to have an abortion but the woman is usually sick or physically incapable of bringing a pregnancy to term.


Actually, first trimester legal abortion is always safer than gestation and childbirth.

As for the OP, I stopped reading the drivel as soon as I realized it was anti-choice bovine excrement.
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A colonoscopy is a medical procedure. There is nothing simple about having a vacuum in your vagina, cervix and then uterus forcibly suctioning out your endometrial lining along with the gestational sac and the zygote/fetus inside of it. Acknowledging this does not negatively affect any woman's right to choice. Facts are facts, based on the answers of women on THIS board about THEIR abortions it was best to be sedated, what simple medical procedure is best while under sedation?????

My c-section was major surgery. My godsister's vaginal childbirth was nothing. She was up and walking around less than an hour after giving birth like nothing happend because the epidural wore off after an hour.

Childbirth and mother is not for everyone some should avoid it all costs because they just simply can't do it. Many should have had abortions and regret that they didn't and their regret often shows up in the way they parent their defenseless child.

Neither childbirth nor abortion are bad horrible things. If you really think childbirth sucks that bad tubal ligation is a "simple medical procedure" you should seriously look into.
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Phenicks wrote:
A colonoscopy is a medical procedure.
Colonoscopies have NOTHING to do with pregnancy or childbirth. Or any reproductive matter for that fact.
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Neither childbirth nor abortion are bad horrible things. If you really think childbirth sucks that bad tubal ligation is a "simple medical procedure" you should seriously look into.
Both childbirth and abortion CAN carry risks. Both CAN be detrimental to your health. As far as the "simple" tubal ligation, YOU try going to a doctor and informing them that you NEVER want children, are childless, wish to remain childless for the rest of your life, your age is below menopause (age is usually only a factor if you have not given birth), etc. You will LOVE the response you will probably get. "You'll change your mind", "You will regret this", etc. Funny thing is, tubals are easily reversed now with upwards of a 75%+ success rate post-tubal pregnancy if you go to the right doctors to have your tubal reversed.
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Pregancy and childbirth remain risky conditions. The fact is that far, far more women suffer negative health effects, or die, due to pregnancy and childbirth than due to legal abortions -- and this is in developed countries. In countries without modern healthcare, pregnancy and childbirth remain a major cause of death for women.

If you are interested, there are plenty of unbiased sources. Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia -- from the entry on childbirth, which also includes the references and citations:

"Vaginal birth injury with visible tears or episiotomies are common. Internal tissue tearing as well as nerve damage to the pelvic structures lead in a proportion of women to problems with prolapse, incontinence of stool or urine and sexual dysfunction. Fifteen percent of women become incontinent, to some degree, of stool or urine after normal delivery, this number rising considerably after these women reach menopause. Vaginal birth injury is a necessary, but not sufficient, cause of all non hysterectomy related prolapse in later life. Risk factors for significant vaginal birth injury include:

a baby weighing more than 4 kilos (9 pounds)
the use of forceps or vacuum for delivery. These markers are more likely to be signals for other abnormalities as forceps or vacuum are not used in normal deliveries.
the need to repair large tears after delivery
Pelvic girdle pain. Hormones and enzymes work together to produce ligamentous relaxation and widening of the symphysis pubis during the last trimester of pregnancy. Most girdle pain occurs before birthing, and is known as diastasis of the pubic symphysis. Predisposing factors for girdle pain include maternal obesity.

Infection remains a major cause of mortality and morbidity in the developing world today. The work of Ignaz Semmelweis was seminal in the pathophysiology and treatment of puerperal fever and saved many lives.

Hemorrhage, or heavy blood loss, is still the leading cause of death of birthing mothers in the world today, especially in the developing world. Heavy blood loss leads to hypovolemic shock, insufficient perfusion of vital organs and death if not rapidly treated. Blood transfusion may be life saving. Rare sequelae include Hypopituitarism Sheehan's syndrome. The maternal mortality (MMR) rate varies from 9/100,000 live births in the US and Europe, to 900/100,000 live births in Sub-Saharan Africa."
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Tearing to the vagina are common in women who have small vaginas (as far as the labia is concerned and yes the muscle of the birth canal itself, all vaginas are NOT the same size). The average baby is about 6 pounds so obviously a child 30% bigger than the normal size may do damage to teh birth canal during childbirth because its so big.

Funny thing is abortions like childbirth end the pregnancy and in some abortions you are actually put into labor (dilation of the cervix dilation is what the D and D&C is for by the way) and could cause infection in and of itself. The endometrial lining is broken down and flushed out in both an abortion and childbirth. The only difference is one is natural (except instances of induced labor and c-section) and the other (abortion) isn't a natural means of ending a pregnancy.

An unknown number of women are either so ashamed of their abortions or so secretive about them that they deny ever having one or don't report complications as being related to an abortin. Until the day women are freely exchanging abortion experiences without shame or anonymity there will always be a margin of unknown data.

HOWVER all births in hospitals are documented, any health complication related to it are documented any death due to it are documented. Keep in mind that some women, like myself loved their unborn child so much they carried on a pregnancy that was detrimental to maternal health. Meaning the pregnancy itself wasn't the problem, the underlying health problem was the issue but motherhood prevailed for those women like me.

Subsaharan Africa also has an extremely higher prevalence of women being treated like seoncd class citizens and truly being held down sexually via FGM and childbirth under those circumstances are risky and potentially deadly BECAUSE of the FGM not because pregnancy and childbirth is some horrible thing.
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In order to reconcile and resolve the confusion surrounding this argument regarding the justification for advocating the 'pro-choice' perspective; I present the argument that, while certain life-changing events may occur beyond our conscious ability to control, no absolute rule can be written that should ever physically control the mind's ability to make a free choice.

Therefore, the determining factor which distinguishes the justification of a choice as righteous, is seen to depend entirely upon context.

Thus, as common in any argument between conflicting perspectives, the demonization of the 'pro-choice' advocates by the 'pro-life' side, as being 'pro-abortion' or 'pro-death' is a gross distortion of the facts in an attempt to persuade free-thinkers to conform with modes of social control, instead of empowering the individual capacity to take control and responsibility over one's life and those decisions which so greatly impact that life.

Essentially this argument is to re-iterate and clarify the previously posted and, 'politically-correct' position that is to advocate "anti-abortion, pro-choice." Again, the point is that, this position is completely circumstantial and dependent on individual context. As all options (as either, pregnancy and childbirth or abortion) ultimately contain inherent dangers from a multitude of possible complications, the politically correct position to take is that an abortion should be the last resort and avoided at all costs while remaining as a viable and reasonable option.

The trouble and confusion in judging such a delicate debate is in identifying and distinguishing the objective from so many subjective factors. The freedom to make choices is what our country is founded on and, when we attempt to institutionalize this freedom by the means and modes of social control, the ability to make a free choice is limited and because of such limitation, the door is opened for a myriad of excuses to be made in the face of taking responsibility/being accountable for one's actions.

The 'pro-life' argument consists of the belief that essentially, because the individual is subject to being conditioned by their surrounding environment, they cannot or should-not be held liable for consequences of the convergence of such forces beyond our control.

This is precisely why abortion should remain a viable alternative. While the act of procreation (ideally) requires the consent of both parties, it is the woman who ultimately holds the power to choose whether or not she wants a child at all. Moreover, a woman can only become pregnant, as a result of her being 'conditioned' by the 'forces of fertilization,' that are indeed (circumstantially) beyond her control.

The agenda of the 'pro-life' advocate is therefore revealed as biased against women as the victim of such forces. This agenda reflects a typical patriarchal disposition that attempts to control society and reveals the tendency to make excuses for unforeseeable results. It is this tendency to try and excuse one's behavior instead of trying to rationalize and understand, that leads to the victimization of individuals versus their empowerment.

This trend has encompassed much of industrial society for a long time. The attempt to control the uncontrollable limits an individual's power and only propagates the illusion that the individual is powerless against the larger forces of nature.

Ultimately, the realization that we are indeed subject to the interaction of such forces reveals the way in which we are influenced to choose one path over another. However, that essential factor of free will remains as the sole factor that empowers the individual to take control and write their own fate instead of being subjected to the playing out of an unknown or 'predetermined' fate.

Such social conformity begets free will as illusory, in the sense of the individual being a victim subject to their environment, instead of that environment being the consequential result of various individual choices. This tangled hierarchy of cause and effect, of individual vs collective power, is the root of the confusion that has resulted from the power of illusion upon which our society is built.

The bottom line is that the individual must realize how they have created this environment in which they find themselves so that they may be liberated from being the victim of such conditioning to being the condition-er of said environment.
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