3. Even early abortions (before 63 days) can cause physical harm and death to women. About 20 percent of women suffer immediate physical complications after an RU-486 abortion and 5.6 percent suffer immediate physical complications after a surgical abortion — infection, hemorrhage, retained blood clots, torn or perforated uterus and complications from anesthesia. Complications and deaths associated with abortion in the US are largely unreported as abortion-related. But in European countries that keep track of all health data and mortality data, abortion has been found to be associated with far higher risks of death than other pregnancy outcomes. A Danish study found that compared to women “who carried their first pregnancy to term, … the cumulative risk of death for women who had a 1st trimester abortion was significantly higher in all periods examined from 180 days (84%) through 10 years (39%). The risk of death was likewise significantly higher for women who had abortions after 12 weeks from one year (331%) through 10 years (141%) when compared to women who delivered a first pregnancy.” Twelve out of twelve recent studies on the incidence of breast cancer following abortion, demonstrated an average increased risk of breast cancer of almost 554 percent.
4. Later born children have a higher risk of premature birth and all the health risks that entails. The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists (AAPLOG) reports that 137 studies show a link between abortion and preterm birth. In 2006, the Institute of Medicine listed abortion as an “immutable risk factor for preterm birth.” Two meta-analyses with data from 41 studies on abortion and premature birth were published in 2009. After one abortion, the risk of preterm birth (before 37 weeks) increases by 36 percent and risk of very preterm birth (before 32 weeks) increases by 64 percent. After two or more abortions, the increased risk of preterm birth is 96 percent. A McGill University study in 2013 involving nearly 18,000 women found that “women who had one prior induced abortion were 45% more likely to have premature births by 32 weeks, 71% more likely to have premature births by 28 weeks, and 217% more likely to have premature births by 26 weeks.” "Preterm birth contributes to cerebral palsy, lung disease, cognitive impairments and infant mortality. Later children may also face problems if their mom struggles with depression or substance abuse from an abortion."
5. Abortion has altered for the worse the relationship between men and women. As law professor Richard Stith has remarked, pregnancy is now seen as “Her Choice. Her Problem.” Because contraception is viewed as her responsibility and abortion is legally her choice alone, many men have abdicated responsibility for supporting and caring for the children they sire and for the mother of those children. Roe gave them permission to remain immature, irresponsible, untrustworthy, even predatory, thus making it all the harder for women to find men who are mature, responsible and trustworthy. See, for example, Barbara Defoe Whitehead, “Why There Are No Good Men Left” (2003), Kay Hymowitz, “Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys” (2011) and Hanna Rosin, “The End of Men” (2012). There are now more single adults over the age of 16 (50.2 percent) than married adults, whereas in 1960, over 72 percent of adults were married.
6. Because abortion allows men to walk away, women are left with the choices of single parenthood, adoption or abortion. Single parent families deprive children of fathers and stability. They result in educational, emotional,and social deficits of every type, starting with poverty. Single-parent families are