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Research on the possible physical and psychological risks of abortion

When speaking with mothers and fathers on the subject of abortion, the Good Counsel Network endeavours to present the facts of abortion to them. Included in these facts are the possible physical and psychological risks linked with abortion. Below are links to research papers on these risks.

Breast Cancer

The Good Counsel Network acknowledges that there is no consensus in the medical community on the possible link between abortion and breast cancer. However, there are numerous studies which highlight a possible link. When speaking of the risks of abortion, it would be remiss not to at least mention this research.

• A meta-analysis of 36 studies from 2013, showing a 44% increased breast cancer link amongst women who have had at least one abortion:

A meta-analysis of the association between induced abortion and breast cancer risk among Chinese females. - Huang Y, Zhang X, Li W, Song F, Dai H, Wang J, Gao Y, Liu X, Chen C, Yan Y, Wang Y, Chen K.

• A review from 2014 of 72 epidemiological studies, conducted over 50 years in multiple countries and cultures:

Breast Cancer and Induced Abortion: A Comprehensive Review of Breast Development and Pathophysiology, the Epidemiologic Literature, and Proposal for Creation of Databanks to Elucidate All Breast Cancer Risk Factors - Angela E. Lanfranchi, M.D., FACS* , and Patrick Fagan, Ph.D.

• A paper published in 2017, calling for the recognition of risks caused by abortion and hormonal contraception:

The British Breast Cancer Epidemic: Trends, Patterns, Risk Factors, and Forecasting Patrick S. Carroll, M.A. Jean S. Utshudiema, B.Sc. Julian Rodrigues

Perforation of the uterus or cervix

• A paper which states that abortion (TOP - Termination of Pregnancy) is the most common procedure associated with uterine perforation:

The perforated uterus - Fevzi Shakir MBBS BSc MRCOG, Yasser Diab MBCHB MSc MRCOGb

Depression or thoughts of suicide/Increased mortality rate after abortion:

• Finnish study from 1987-1994 showing suicide rates to be three times higher amongst women who had undergone abortions compared to those who gave birth:

Suicides after pregnancy in Finland, 1987–94: register linkage study - Mika Gissler, Elina Hemminki, Jouko Lonnqvist

• A study from 2002 showing that, "[c]ompared with women who delivered, those who aborted had a significantly higher age-adjusted risk of death from all causes"

Deaths associated with pregnancy outcome: a record linkage study of low income women - Reardon DC, Strahan TW, Thorp JM Jr. & Shuping MW

• Report which notes a "...worldwide risk of maternal suicide following termination of pregnancy and, in fact, a higher risk than that following term delivery"

Queensland Maternal and Perinatal Quality Council Report 2013, Maternal and Perinatal mortality - Queensland Maternal and Perinatal Quality Council

• A study from 2012 showing "[I]ncreased risks of death were 45%, 114% and 191% for 1, 2 and 3 abortions, respectively, compared with no abortions after controlling for other reproductive outcomes and last pregnancy age"

Reproductive history patterns and long-term mortality rates: a Danish, population-based record linkage study - Coleman PK, Reardon DC, & Calthoun BC.

Feelings of sadness, loneliness, guilt, grief, doubt and regret following abortion

• Dimension's of women's postabortion experience - Hess RF

• The characteristics and severity of psychological distress after abortion among university students - Curley M & Johnston C.

• The Quality of Abortion Decisions and College Students' Reports of Post-Abortion Emotional Sequelae and Abortion Attitudes - Coleman PK & Nelson ES