There are 3 signs that point you might be coerced, manipulated or forced to have an abortion:
feelings of fear, obligation or guilt.
If you are considering an abortion, booked one or had someone booked it for you; reflect if you are not being coerced. Also, consider the risks of abortion and reaching out for help.
Claim your freedom: whatever you do, don’t do it out of fear. If you don’t own your actions they will follow you.
HEALTH RISKS AFTER AN ABORTION
Women who had undergone an abortion experienced an 81% increased risk of mental health problems, and nearly 10% of the incidence of mental health problems was shown to be attributable to abortion. The strongest subgroup estimates of increased risk occurred when abortion was compared with term pregnancy and when the outcomes pertained to substance use and suicidal behaviour. (Coleman, 2011)
The odds of female infertility factor also increased 0.94 times for an increase in the number of abortions (95% CI = 0.30-0.94). The findings of the present research also showed that the odds of female infertility increased by 0.94 for each abortion (P = 0.004), this is consistent with the findings of the study by Cong et al (3). In another study, a history of induced abortion was associated with worse IVF outcomes, especially a history of more than 2 surgical abortions (19) Overall, the causes of female infertility in the present study accounted for the highest infertility rate. Factors including woman’s level of education, age, the age at marriage, number of abortions, alcohol consumption, underlying disease, and BMI were significantly correlated with female factor infertility. (Moridi et al., 2019)
One would assume that these studies were done so long after legalization that the stigma of abortion that might contribute to undeneporting would have waned. Henriet and Kaminski did sensitivity analyses of non- differential undeneporting of previous induced abortion in women experiencing a preterm birth and found that their risk estimates were stable even with undeneporting rates of 50%. (Henriet & Kaminski, 2001)
An Italian case control study (n=559) showed a strong association between induced abortion and ectopic pregnancy (OR=2.9, CI=1.6, 5.3). (Parazzini et al., 1995)
Women with prior induced abortion had a relative risk of placenta praevia of 1.7 (Ananth et al., 1997)
Repeated induced abortions in the women’s physiological history are very dangerous and could lead to developing uterine cancer. The carcinogenic risk for uterus carcinoma is directly proportional to the increased number of the repeated induced abortions. (Stoicescu et al., 2017)
Rue and Speckhard (1992; Speckhard & Rue, 1992) posited that the traumatic experience of abortion can lead to serious mental health problems, for which they coined the term postabortion syndrome (PAS). They conceptualized PAS as a specific form of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) comparable to the symptoms experienced by Vietnam veterans, including symptoms of trauma, such as flashbacks and denial, and symptoms such as depression, grief, anger, shame, survivor guilt, and substance abuse. (Major et al., 2009. p.866)
PREGNANT & IN NEED
PREGNANT AT THE “WRONG” TIME
YES, YOU CAN! GO FOR EMPOWERMENT!
DO you find yourself in a difficult situation? Are YOU considering abortion? Listen to the testimonies of these women.
You are not alone.
Many women have been in the situation of an unexpected pregnancy and a baby didn’t change their ambitions, resilience or determination to achieve their goals and aspirations.
“Life is what happens to you, while you are busy making other plans”
~ JOHN LENNON
PREGNANT & STRUGGLing
with a RELATIONSHIP
CLAIM YOUR FREEDOM.
whatever you do, don’t do it out of fear, if you don’t own your actions they will always follow you.
Maybe you do have the means for a baby but your partner it’s not committed to being a parent and you do not imagine raising a child in a monoparental family or are afraid that your partner will be angry or ultimately leave you if you decide to keep your baby. Do you need to talk with a professional about your worries?
BABIES WITH DISABILITIES
“Embrace the unique way your child is blooming – even if it’s not in the garden you imagine”
Did you just find out your baby has a disability? Finding this can be a big shock and a difficult situation to process. Probably you are asking yourself many questions at the moment, Whether you will be capable of doing this? Will the baby have a good life? How will this situation change your life? How would you manage? How will this affect your relationship?
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough”~ Mae West
Ananth, C. V., Smulian, J. C., & Vintzileos, A. M. (1997). The association of placenta previa with history of cesarean delivery and abortion: A metaanalysis. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 177(5), 1071–1078. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0002-9378(97)70017-6
Coleman, P. K. (2011). Abortion and mental health: Quantitative synthesis and analysis of research published 1995–2009. British Journal of Psychiatry, 199(3), 180–186. https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.bp.110.077230
Henriet, L., & Kaminski, M. (2001). Impact of induced abortions on subsequent pregnancy outcome: The 1995 French national perinatal survey. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 108(10), 1036–1042. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0306-5456(01)00243-1
Major, B., Beckman, L., Dutton, M. A., Russo, N. F., & West, C. (n.d.). Abortion and Mental Health, Evaluating the Evidence. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19968372/
Moridi, A., Roozbeh, N., Yaghoobi, H., Soltani, S., Dashti, S., Shahrahmani, N., & Banaei, M. (2019). Etiology and Risk Factors Associated With Infertility. International Journal of Women’s Health and Reproduction Sciences, 7(3), 346–353. https://doi.org/10.15296/ijwhr.2019.57
Parazzini, F., Ferraroni, M., Tozzi, L., Ricci, E., Mezzopane, R., & Vecchia, C. L. (1995). Induced abortions and risk of ectopic pregnancy. Human Reproduction, 10(7), 1841–1844. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.humrep.a136188
Stoicescu, M., Bung, S. G., Mirela, D., Mu, G., Purza, A. L., Iovan, V. C., & Pop, O. L. (2017). Carcinogenic uterine risk of repeated abortions: Hormone receptors tumoral expression. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29556637/
Thorp, J. M., Hartmann, K. E., & Shadigan, E. (2005). Long-Term Physical and Psychological Health Consequences of Induced Abortion: A Review of the Evidence. The Linacre Quarterly, 72(1), 44–69. https://doi.org/10.1080/20508549.2005.11877742